Peter Simpson: "I don’t know what makes a top CEO."

19 June 2019


Anglian Water Chief Executive, Peter Simpson, has today been named the UK’s Top CEO by employer review site Glassdoor.


I don’t know what makes a top CEO.


But I do know what makes a great team.


And when you have more than 5,000 colleagues like we do at Anglian Water – and thousands more at our many vital partner and supplier companies – having a great team is essential. No amount of investment in engineering, buildings, IT or marketing is going to make a difference if you don’t have the right people on the ground with the right attitudes.


In a business like ours where the challenges are constantly changing you have to be curious and you have to be willing to explore new ideas all the time.


Like the hundreds of technicians and analysts in our leakage team who are finding new ways to track down even the hardest to find leaks on our network, helping us achieve the lowest level of leakage in the UK.


Or our treatment and biodiversity teams who took a step back and came up with a new solution to an old problem when they worked together to create our first treatment wetland at Ingoldisthorpe in Norfolk. One year on, it’s working hard to recycle the area’s water whilst providing a habitat buzzing with butterflies, birds and wildlflowers.


Our carbon and operational teams realised they would need to break out of traditional construction and engineering methods to reach our climate targets. I was hugely proud to learn that they’d managed to achieve an amazing 57% reduction in capital carbon emissions since 2010 and recently completed the largest solar array on our land which will help take us even further towards net zero carbon.


I could also mention the customer care teams who found new ways to ensure we achieve the number one spot in the water industry’s customer service league table last year, the professional development team who launched another busy apprenticeship programme bringing new skills to the region and pushing us into the top ten apprentice employers in the UK, or the water quality science team who worked 24/7 to take more than 125,000 samples last year, passing 99.95% of strict quality tests.


And of course there are many more stories I hear from around the business that make working here a learning experience every day. I would like to take responsibility for every one of these successes, but I can’t. I have colleagues who are up earlier than me, think in ways I don’t, understand things that go over my head and view problems from angles I hadn’t even considered.


This is the best team I’ve ever had the honour of working with. If you’re curious, visit our careers site and find out more.


Peter Simpson, Chief Executive. 


You can read more about Peter's award win here.