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Colin Matthews, non-executive Chairman of EDF Energy and Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of Anglian Water Group were nominated co-chairs of the UK Corporate Leaders Group (CLG UK) in February 2020. In their roles as co-chairs, Colin and Peter advise on the strategic development of CLG UK and help to represent the interests and concerns of the group’s business leaders.

Colin Matthews, CBE FREng

Colin Matthews

Colin is Non-Executive Chairman of EDF in the UK, part of EDF Group, having been appointed in November 2017. Colin served as Chair of Highways England from December 2014 to May 2020 and, prior to that, as Chair of the Highways Agency from July 2014. He was Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport (formerly BAA) from 2008 until 2014, and previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of Renewi PLC, a leading waste management firm. He has led a number of service and industrial businesses spending his early career with Lucas Girling, Bain & Co and GE (USA) in Japan, France, Canada and UK. He then joined British Airways, where he served as Engineering Director. He joined Lattice Group as Transco Group Managing Director before his appointment as CEO of Hays PLC then CEO of Severn Trent PLC, both the FTSE100 services businesses. He has also served as a non-executive director of Mondi PLC the international paper company and Johnson Matthey PLC, the international chemistry company. Colin was appointed Co-Chair of the UK Corporate Leaders Group (CLG UK) in February 2020. Colin advises on the strategic development of CLG UK which brings together the voice of British business in support of ambitious action on climate change. A chartered engineer, he graduated from Cambridge University and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

On his appointment as co-Chair, Colin said:

Businesses will be at the centre of the UK’s journey to net zero. Representing many important sectors, the UK Corporate Leaders Group brings together the expertise and opportunity to deliver a climate change agenda addressing challenges across the economy. I am proud to be co-chairing the CLG UK as businesses step up to inspire and accelerate the transition to a thriving and inclusive net zero future.

Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of Anglian Water Group

Peter SimpsonPeter has been Chief Executive of Anglian Water Group since October 2013, and was previously MD of Anglian Water from January 2010, and Chief Operating Officer from 2004. He was Chairman of Water UK from April 2012-October 2013, and is a Past President of the Institute of Water. Peter also works with Business in the Community as Chair of the Water Taskforce, and has recently joined the Board of Trustees of WaterAid. Peter is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society of the Environment and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, as well as Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

On his appointment as co-Chair, Peter said:

I am proud to be co-chairing the UK Corporate Leaders Group. This group has been instrumental in raising ambition both nationally and internationally, and now the creation of CLG UK’s new UK-focused group provides a wonderful opportunity to build on our success. Not only is there now almost universal recognition across the UK that we are facing a climate emergency, but also, this year, we have the opportunity offered by hosting COP26. This is a pivotal moment in the global effort to tackle our changing climate and I am keen that together we seize this chance to make our voices heard and effect real and lasting change.

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