Public appointment: Member appointed to the Board of Scottish Water

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The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition today announced the appointment of Ian McAulay as a Member of the Board of Scottish Water.


Ian McAulay is an experienced senior executive in the global water energy and environment sectors. Over nearly 40 years he has worked extensively with Scottish Water and many other water utilities in delivering major infostructure asset programmes. Before retiring he spent 10 years as a CEO with Viridor and Southern Water, leading all aspects of the business. Prior to that he was Global Chief of Strategy for MWH, living and working across the world. He is a board member of the Institute of Water and was awarded Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2020.


This appointment will be for 4 years and will run from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2027.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £459 per day for a time commitment of up to 48 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Ian McAulay does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.   

Ian McAulay has had no political activity within the last five years.


Scottish Water is a public corporation established by the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002.  It is accountable to the Scottish Government for the provision of all public water and sewerage services to more than 2.56 million households and around 153,000 businesses in Scotland.  It is the fourth largest provider of water and sewerage services in the UK, with a workforce of more than 4000 and an annual turnover of roughly £1.4 billion.  Its retail subsidiary Business Stream operates in the competitive retail market for non-household customers in Scotland and England.

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