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15 - 17 July 2018, Christ's College, Christchurch

Jonson Cox

Jonson Cox has been Chairman of the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) since November 2012. Ofwat is responsible for economic regulation of the English and Welsh water sector, holding companies to account to deliver for their custWorking together to tackle three waters infrastructure challenges facing New Zealandomers and society.

Mr. Cox has a background as CEO and Chairman in regulated and commercial infrastructure, with particular experience of leading turnarounds and restructuring.

After an early career with Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Jonson was appointed as Managing Director of Yorkshire Water from 1996-2000 to lead the company out of a significant crisis with its customers. He successfully restored the company to top-ranking status in the industry. After a few years in other infrastructure roles, he returned to water from 2004 and 2010 at '2003 Dog of the City', AWG plc, owner of Anglian Water, to lead a successful turnaround out of multiple business difficulties the Group faced.

Jonson led the restructuring of UK Coal plc as Chairman between 2010 and 2012 to bring a 'soft close' to the coalmining industry in the UK. Since 2012, he has led a portfolio career as chairman of Harworth Group plc, a brownfield property remediator, and Chairman of Cory Group, owner of the UKs largest waste-to-energy business. He serves on the global policy council of infrastructure fund I Squared Capital and is a board director of Viridian, the Irish energy company.

Mr. Cox has an MA from the University of Cambridge and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.



Working together to tackle three waters infrastructure challenges facing New Zealand

New Zealand is facing unprecedented challenges around our water resources, from providing clean and safe drinking water to how we provide sustainable solutions for waste and stormwater.  Changing population, rising standards, along with climate change and ageing infrastructure are presenting some significant and costly challenges to communities, local authorities and central government.

At the same time the Government has signalled that there may be a case for the introduction of economic regulation of water service providers.  Such a regime exists overseas but is it right for New Zealand?

The Chair of Ofwat UK will speak to:

  • the UK experience of economic regulation of the water sector in England and Wales;
  • how it has evolved;
  • how has the UK water sector responded; and
  • what might New Zealand take from that experience.

Speaking to this will be Jonson Cox, Chairman of Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales.  Mr Cox has more than 30 years' business experience across a range of sectors.  He has specialised in leading infrastructure businesses in challenging situations and in the turnarounds of public sector businesses in challenging situations.





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