The panel is headed up by an Independent Non-Executive and former Independent Chair of the South Staffs Water CCG and a Non-Executive Director.  The Chair is responsible for directly recruiting members of the panel. Members are expected to serve for three years or more, with a maximum term of five years.




Simon Sperryn , MA, MBA, CCMI, FRS

Until recently Independent Assessor for British Chambers of Commerce national accreditation; mentor to third sector CEOs; previously CEO of not-for-profits including London Chamber of Commerce, Lloyd’s Market Association, and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.




David Fisher Report Writer

A graduate in economics; 38 years working in commercial departments of aerospace and defence companies; 23 years in senior commercial roles at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group; the last 12 as head of commercial operations until taking early retirement in November 2017.


Professor Bernard Crump MB ChB FRCP(UK) FFPHM

Chair of the Panel’s predecessor body the Customer Challenge Group for South Staffs and Cambridge Water; Regional Chair of CCWater, the statutory body representing customers across the water industry; a qualified public health doctor; Professor of Medical Leadership, Warwick Medical School; previously Director of Public Health, CEO of a Strategic Health Authority, and first CEO of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.


John Giles MCMI

Account Manager for the Anglian River Basin; 24 years with the Environment Agency in compliance and enforcement roles before specialising in strategic planning issues. The EA works with all water companies to help ensure the environment is protected and improved and there is a sustainable supply of water.


Roger Gray MB, BS, MA, FRCS

Consultant surgeon; advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; Associate Lecturer, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.


Neal Jennion  BEng, MRAeS, MIOD

Aeronautical engineer; Partner in a management consultancy business providing clients with advice and support in the management of complex capital projects; previously Infrastructure and Compliance Director at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group responsible for a portfolio of major infrastructure projects, facilities management, health and safety, environmental, quality, and security compliance, and safe and efficient operation of Cambridge Airport; active member of Royal Aeronautical Society, Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and Cambridge Network.


James Leavesley MICS, DL

Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire, a member of the Board of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership with special interest in SMEs, Former Vice Chairman of the Appeal Council of the National Memorial Arboretum, and Chairman of Trustees of the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. The Leavesley Group’s activities include construction, recycling and armaments destruction, sustainable farming, and supply chain traceability.


Mike Morris MSc, MCIEEM

Deputy Director of one of the largest of the 48 Rivers Trusts, and a Director of Afonydd Cymru (Welsh Rivers Trusts).  Severn Rivers Trust is devoted to protection of the environment in a catchment area stretching from the Welsh hills to Warwickshire.  Previous career includes environmental services to the RSPB and for Shropshire County Council.  Currently Project Director for Unlocking the Severn, the largest river restoration project of its kind in Europe 


Cllr Bob Spencer

Elected to Staffordshire County Council in January 2018; previously Head of Counter Terrorism, West Midlands Police; currently advising the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall


Tracey Richardson, Eng Tech, LCGI, MCIPHE, RP

Plumbing assessor, lecturer and Lead IQA for EAS Mechanical Limited; Master Plumber; President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering; Secretary, National Association of Plumbing Teachers; previously Sergeant in RAF, with service in the Falklands.


Nicola Terry, BSc, MA

Environmental consultant, with first class degrees in Computer Science and Engineering and Environmental Studies, as well as a Diploma in Pollution Control. Active volunteer in Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Clients in the last three years include the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Department for Energy and Climate Change, Department for Rural Affairs, and the Department for Communities and local Government. Recent projects relate to monitoring domestic energy efficiency and household behaviour.


John Thompson LLB, DMA, FCIEH

Chair of South Staffs Water Charitable Trust which helps vulnerable customers in Staffordshire and Cambridge; Chairman, Lichfield Civic Society; previous career in environmental health and housing in local government, latterly as Chief Executive of Lichfield District Council.


Principal contact with South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water


Caroline Cooper
PR19 Programme Lead

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