Anglian Water has appointed former Kier MD Paul Fletcher as Director of its @one Alliance – a 15 year partnership of engineering and construction partners.

To ensure a smooth transition, Paul joined the Anglian Water alliance in September 2018 and will formally take over from Dale Evans in January 2019, who is moving into a consultancy role after 15 years’ service at the helm of @one.

Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of Anglian Water, commented: “Paul will oversee our largest alliance, which will be vital in delivering key projects for the rest of this investment period. Crucially, Paul will lead much of the capital delivery in our largest ever programme between 2020 to 2025 – a £6.5bn investment plan, nearly a third larger than ever before.

“He brings a wealth of leadership experience from the sector and specifically our current partner organisations, which will be essential in driving the alliance forward in this new era and meeting the unique challenges in the water sector and this part of the country.

“With Dale moving on, it was essential we had a smooth transition between leadership so a substantial handover was always part of the plan. I am delighted that Paul is already in the business and ready to take over in the new year.”

Commenting on his appointment, Paul said: “This is both a challenging and exciting time for the water sector. The Anglian region is growing fast yet it gets just half the national average rainfall – as little as Jerusalem per person, so long term investment in resilience is vital. The political agenda coupled with these unique, local features mean the spotlight really will be on our engineering prowess and our ability to deliver quality infrastructure, excellent customer service and efficiencies to keep customer bills low.  These challenges are a really exciting catalyst for change and I am delighted to be joining at this time, and am eager to lead the alliance through the next chapter in this forward-thinking organisation’s history.”

Simpson added: “Dale has given the alliance and Anglian Water 15 years of dedicated service, and led numerous benchmark initiatives and projects within that time, putting alliancing and Anglian Water on the construction map. Dale will continue to support Anglian Water with the next stage of our journey and we wish him well on any other advisory roles that are no doubt just around the corner.”

Paul Fletcher career history in brief

Director of @one Alliance, Anglian Water      Sept 2018 – present

MD, Kier Group                                                Sept 2013 – Sept 2018

Director, May Gurney                                       2008-2013

Black and Veatch                                             2006-2008

Alliancing at Anglian Water

The @one Alliance was first formed in 2004, revolutionising the construction and water sector’s standard for contracting. It moved Anglian Water away from the traditional project-by-project client and supplier relationships found in the rest of our industry, to true, decade-long partnerships with collaboration at their heart.

One of the biggest drivers of innovation came when Anglian Water set the most radical and ambitious goals seen in the engineering sector: to halve carbon in construction by 2015 and to halve construction time. These goals galvanised engineers, and led to an explosion of innovation in digital technologies, the development of standard products and new ways of working.

Having proved the success of an alliancing model, the water company launched 15-year contracts with its partners in 2015 – introducing a completely new system of incentivising partners for their work. Partners in @one now only make a return when they outperform. If they underperform, the opposite is true.

Since the formation of the @one Alliance, Anglian Water has launched alliances to cover all of its asset programmes as well as IT.


For more information contact the Anglian Water Press Office on 0871 677 0123.

Notes to editors:
Paul Fletcher will be available for interview from the new year.

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