Our leadership team
Right Honourable Stephen Byers
Stephen is a law graduate and was a senior lecturer in contract and commercial law at Northumbria University. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1992 and served in the Cabinet when Tony Blair was Prime Minister.
He stood down from the House of Commons in 2010 to pursue business and charitable interests. In addition to being ACWA’s Chairman he is senior adviser to the Board of CCC (ACWA’s ultimate parent company) and gives strategic advice to several other companies.
Stephen has established the SJB charitable foundation which supports individuals and community groups in the north east of England. He continues to serve as a member of Her Majesty the Queen’s Privy Council.
Simon is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in design, construction, commissioning and programme management within the water industry. His expertise lies in his detailed knowledge and understanding of sustainable solutions, operational delivery and strategies to deliver meaningful change and build successfully teams. He has led bidding, mobilisation and management of multimillion pound projects and programmes harnessing the strengths of multidisciplinary teams.
He has a proven track record in managing both commercial and contractual aspects of project and programme delivery demonstrating his ability to make key strategic decisions to support future business growth.
He joined ACWA in April 2020 as Managing Director and he is responsible for the water and effluent treatment processes and products ACWA deliver to the UK municipal, industrial and food / beverage sectors as a leading innovative solutions provider.
John has over 10 years’ experience in commercial finance and senior management roles with detailed knowledge and understanding in what it takes to grow an SME. He enjoys a hands-on approach to finance, believing an accountant should have an understanding of all aspects of the business they work in. He has excellent management and communication skills and is passionate about the importance of building long lasting, trust based relationships with ACWA’s valued supply chain.
John joined ACWA in July 2019 as Financial Controller and has direct responsibility for all aspects of Finance, Human Resources and Company Secretarial functions. He sees ACWA as a business with huge growth potential in the immediate future.
Executive Proposals Director
Gary is a Mechanical Engineer with over 35 years’ proposals experience primarily in the water sector. He believes in integrity and transparency ensuring that ACWA keeps its promises right through into delivery. He has been instrumental in developing solid relationships not only with ACWA’s clients but right through the supply chain. He continually builds on ACWA’s track record by utilising in-house process expertise and technologies and those developed in collaboration with the supply chain to ensure cost effective innovative solutions.
He feels a strong responsibility for keeping everyone safe and free from harm which was further developed in his operational management roles. Gary also has a depth of knowledge relating to water scarcity that only comes with time spent working overseas providing solutions focussing on water re-use.
Gary joined ACWA in 2006 and he is a member of the Leadership Team with full responsibility for the management of the Proposals and Process teams of the company.
Executive Operations Director
Robert has over 30 years’ experience within the water industry and in particular within mechanical engineering, project delivery and operational management. He has extensive experience with waste water treatment equipment and process plants having managed a multi-disciplinary team with Biwater Treatment for several years and being responsible for their products business.
Robert has worked for some of the major contractors and utilities within the water industry leading front line operational and maintenance staff. He is a natural leader and people person along with being an experienced engineer within the industry.
Roger has over 40 years’ commercial experience underpinned with the business acumen that comes with working in senior management roles. He has extensive commercial and contractual knowledge, and he is very adept at formulating strategies, plans and forecasts to effectively manage and protect ACWA’s commercial position. He believes that through the high value he places on integrity and honesty he is able to negotiate effectively at all levels from clients’ right through the supply chain.
Using his strong interpersonal skills he can eloquently convey complex ideas and provide solutions. He is well known within the water and wastewater sector and he has built up many relationships across multi-disciplined teams enabling them to work together in the most efficient manner.
Roger has been with ACWA for over 15 years leading the company’s commercial interests.