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New engineering director for South West Water

South West Water has appointed Matt Crabtree as its new engineering director.

Crabtree, who will join the business in October, will succeed Graham Murphy, who is taking early retirement after more than 27 years with the company.

Crabtree has worked for several high-profile companies in the UK, including Tarmac, Balfour Beatty, Kier Group and Costain Group. He has more than 30 years' experience delivering capital solutions in regulated industries including water, rail and highways and spent a number of years running a mining business in Ghana. 

During his career he has worked with a variety of water companies, including Severn Trent, Thames and United Utilities, and has extensive experience of working in alliances and partnerships. 

He said: “I’m looking forward to leading the engineering directorate as it gears up for the challenges facing the industry in the remainder of AMP6 and into AMP7.

“This is a particularly exciting time to be joining South West Water, with the company’s flagship £60 million Mayflower Water Treatment Works nearing completion and a number of innovative capital projects in the pipeline for 2020-2025. 

“Having lived and worked for a number of years in West Africa, where all our drinking water was boiled and filtered at home, I also appreciate the vital service we are providing to customers.”

South West Water’s managing director, Dr Stephen Bird, said: “After a thorough recruitment process, we are delighted that Matt is joining us.

“Matt studied Civil Engineering at Liverpool University, is a Fellow of the ICE and he brings a wealth of commercial experience and engineering knowledge to South West Water.

“We are looking forward to welcoming him to the business.”

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Policy & Regulation
Tags: South West Water , engineering

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