Ofwat announces appointment of first Head of Wales
Ofwat has today announced the appointment of Bethan Evans as its first Head of Wales – establishing a permanent presence in Wales for the first time.
From 1 September, Bethan will play an important role in ensuring that Ofwat is participating in Welsh policy discussions and will focus on making the best use of the expertise of Welsh stakeholders to facilitate a regulatory approach that reflects specific circumstances in Wales.
Bethan joins from KPMG where she is an Associate Director in the infrastructure advisory practice.
She joined KPMG in 2009, qualified as a chartered accountant in 2012 and gained wide-ranging experience advising government and corporate clients on strategic, policy and commercial issues. She is a Welsh speaker and brings an excellent understanding of regulatory approaches in Wales, the UK and beyond.
Announcing her appointment, John Russell, Senior Director said:
“We are delighted to appoint Bethan as our first Head of Wales. Reflecting circumstances in Wales is important to us so it is vital that we work together with representatives of Welsh communities to examine how and when we need to take a different approach to align with Welsh legislation and policies.
“Bethan will play a key role in making sure we can participate fully in Welsh policy discussions and strengthen our relationships with our Welsh stakeholders. I look forward to working with her as we push the sector to deliver for customers, the environment and society in Wales.”
Bethan Evans said:
“Water is one of Wales’ greatest natural assets and must be managed sustainably and responsibly. I am excited to take on the role as Head of Wales to ensure that Welsh customers and the wider community benefit from resilient and reliable services.
“Ofwat is driving progress in the sector for current and future generations, and I look forward to working together with Welsh stakeholders to help deliver these ambitions.”
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