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PRESS RELEASE : New Chair of the Consumer Council for Water appointed [May 2024]

The press release issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 24 May 2024.

Robert Wilson will take on the role for a three-year term.

Robert Wilson has today (Friday 24 May) been confirmed as the new Chair of the Consumer Council for Water.

Robert will succeed the departing Chair, Robert Light, for a three-year term commencing on 6 June 2024.

The appointment has been made in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments published by the Cabinet Office.


  • Robert Wilson is an experienced businessman, Chairman and Non-Executive Director across the private, public and charity sectors.
  • Robert has been involved in supporting consumers in the transport sector with Transport Focus, the independent watchdog representing the interests of rail, tram, bus and coach passengers, as well as in the water industry as a Board member at the Consumer Council for Water for the past five years.
  • He is a former Member of Parliament and Minister.

Notes to editors:

  • All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.
  • The Consumer Council for Water (CCW) is the independent, statutory body that represents all water and sewerage consumers across England and Wales. It provides advice and information on water matters and investigates complaints. It is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.