Helen Samuels, currently managing director of CH2MHill’s European water business, has been appointed as the new engineering director for United Utilities.
She joins the north west company as it is about to enter the final year of a £3.5bn construction programme aimed at improving the region’s drinking water quality and rivers and bathing waters.
As well as bringing her engineering experience to United Utilities, Samuels is a keen coach and mentor: she has just joined the University College London industry advisory board for civil engineering, and will take an active interest in United Utilities’ apprenticeship and graduate programmes.
Neil Colman, United Utilities’ engineering and capital delivery director, said: “If we’re going to rise to the challenge to deliver our investment plans as efficiently as possible we need someone who can draw together all the engineering talent across our whole business.”
Samuels said: “There’s still a lot of work to complete in the current asset management programme and companies are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the ongoing price review to see what their investment plans will look like for the rest of the decade. We’re going to be busy.”