Douglas Millican, Chief Executive of Scottish Water, is the new National President of the Institute of Water.
Douglas was formally installed as President at the 73rd Annual General Meeting which preceded the Institute’s two-day Annual Conference.
The National President is the most senior figure in the Institute of Water and is a well-known, well-respected leader in the water sector who shares the values and vision of the Institute and is willing to actively promote them during their term of office.
Lynn Cooper, Chief Executive of the Institute of Water, said:
“Douglas has supported the Institute of Water for many years – a regular at our Scottish Area Autumn Seminar and at “meet the leader” type events and always willing to encourage and support attendance from Scottish Water employees at our Annual Conference – so I was delighted when he agreed to take on the role. Douglas joined the Board a year ago and has already made an impact: it is a privilege and a pleasure to have his input and I look forward to working closely with Douglas over the year ahead.”
Douglas Millican said:
“I’m very proud to be the Institute of Water’s President and to join a long list of distinguished figures from the water sector who have had the opportunity to lead this Institute over the years. This Institute has a long history, going back to 1945, and a very clear vision of developing people to serve in the UK Water industry.”
“I’m looking forward to continuing that work by ensuring that the Institute of Water remains a valuable and sustainable organisation, supporting the development of its members working in the UK water industry through what promises to be challenging, yet exciting times ahead.”
The National President begins their year by planning and delivering the Institute of Water’s Annual Conference, capturing much of what the Institute of Water offers over two days. As well as providing high level direction to the Board, the President also leads the Rising Stars programme for the following calendar year and supports UK-wide Institute of Water events wherever possible.
Douglas succeeds Thomas Faulkner, Executive Vice President of Skanska UK, who will continue a further year on the Institute of Water Board as Past-President, and will be followed in 2019 by Sara Venning, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Water. Also elected to the Board were Paul Hickey, Deputy Director (Water Resources) at the Environment Agency, Sarah Murray, a Scientific Officer at Affinity Water and Linda Williams, HR Director at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.
About Douglas Millican
Douglas is the Chief Executive of Scottish Water, which supplies over 5 million customers across the mainland and islands of Scotland.
Douglas has worked in the Scottish water industry for over 20 years, initially in financial and commercial roles with East of Scotland Water. Since Scottish Water was formed in 2002, he has been at the heart of the transformation of the business, serving as Finance and Regulation Director for over ten years before being appointed as Chief Executive in 2013.
Before joining the water sector, Douglas worked with Price Waterhouse in the UK and New Zealand, and with Tyco in Australia, in a variety of financial roles. He is a Chartered Accountant.
Douglas is a non-executive Director and Trustee of World Vision UK where he chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity, working to bring real hope to children in the world’s hardest places.