The UK’s water industry watchdog Ofwat has been gasping for a general counsel since it started interviewing candidates in December.
Despite the market’s whirlpool of talent, finding the right person for the job was surely thirsty work. This is the regulator’s first-ever GC slot, with winning candidate Elizabeth Hillman to be in charge of legal director Huw Brooker and the rest of the existing Ofwat legal team.
It’s all part of a wider management reorganisation, with new chief executive Cathryn Ross keen to make a splash. After taking the helm at Ofwat in October, she later told a parliamentary committee that she had taken steps to “strengthen the senior leadership” at the body.
Hillman’s hire has certainly done that job. Her sterling CV includes a seven-year stint as legal director at energy regulator Ofgem, and she moved to Ofwat from energy giant EDF.
Plaudits for her hire will doubtless now flood into Ofwat’s HQ.
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