Scottish Water chief executive resigns


Douglas Millican is due to step down as chief executive of Scottish Water next year, after 10 years in the role and 20 years on its board and management team.

He will continue to lead the public organization while his successor is appointed.

Since 2012 he has led Scottish Water, having previously served as its Finance and Regulatory Director, working in the water sector in Scotland for 25 years.

The organization employs over 4,000 people and is one of Scotland’s largest infrastructure investors, investing over £700m a year in water and wastewater services.

Millican said: “It is a huge privilege to lead Scottish Water, playing a key role for 20 years in transforming an organization vital to the health and wellbeing of people, communities, business and society. environment across Scotland.

“I am proud of all that we have achieved and of the consistent recognition over the past few years of our peak performance levels.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to announce my intention to step down so that a new Chief Executive can be appointed who will lead Scottish Water through the extensive preparation required for the next regulatory period commencing in 2027.

“Over the next year, my priority is to lead Scottish Water well, to serve our customers while transforming again to meet our future challenges.”

Scottish Water Chairman Dame Susan Rice said: “Douglas led the organization through a time of greater than normal change and challenge.

“An orderly approach to succession is also the hallmark of a well-run business.”

Millican, 57, a chartered accountant, is married and has three adult children.

Apart from his Scottish Water role, he is also Deputy Chairman of World Vision UK.

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