Jeremy was elected Chairman in April 2013. He has a financial background and is a qualified accountant. He moved into the water industry in 1996 and became CEO and President of American Water in February 2004 until December 2005. He was the Chief Executive of Thames Water in November 2005 until its sale was completed in December 2006. Jeremy was a non-executive Director of South Staffordshire Water plc until 31 March 2013 and was the Chair of WaterAid UK from 2007 to 2013 and from 2010 to 2016 he was the Chair of WaterAid International.