Ofwat appoints permanent Chief Executive

22nd April 2022

Ofwat has announced the appointment of David Black as its permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following an open recruitment process.

Black joined Ofwat in 2012 and was previously Chief Regulation Officer and Board member responsible for leading the PR19 price review. Throughout his time at Ofwat he has been instrumental in shaping and leading the organisation’s efforts to push the water sector to deliver more for customers and the environment. Since April 2021, he has been filling the role of interim Chief Executive.

Black’s confirmation as permanent CEO follows the announcement that Iain Coucher is the Government’s preferred candidate for Ofwat Chair, succeeding Jonson Cox CBE who steps down on 30 June. The Secretary of State will make the final decision after considering the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report.

Jonson Cox, Ofwat Chair, said: “I am delighted that David Black has been appointed as Chief Executive. I have seen first-hand his leadership qualities while he has filled the role on an interim basis. He has the experience, knowledge, and vision to push the water sector to do more for customers and the environment.”

David Black, Ofwat CEO, said “Water companies are facing profound challenges and growing scrutiny about their impacts – but they also have some real opportunities to create and provide best value for customers, especially in these difficult times. I am looking forward to working with Ofwat’s new Chair, Board members and the whole of the Ofwat team to push water companies to go further and faster in delivering for customers and the environment.”