As an Ambassador: Heidi is committed to leading on two key areas: first, business resilience, with a particular focus on water resources and flooding, and helping businesses plan to improve their resilience in this area; second, Heidi is committed to supporting the rural economy, sharing learnings from her work in Kielder across the region.
Heidi Mottram CBE
Chief Executive Officer of the Northumbrian Water Group Limited and Northumbrian Water Limited since 2010, before the organisation’s acquisition by a consortium led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited in October 2011.
Heidi Mottram’s success at Northumbrian Water Group follows on from an excellent track record in the rail industry where her career began with British Rail in the mid-1980s. She progressed through a variety of senior leadership roles in British Rail and, following privatisation, in Great North Eastern Railway, Midland Mainline, Arriva Trains Northern and Managing Director of Northern Rail, the largest train operator in the UK.
She was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2010 for services to the rail industry.
Ms. Mottram is currently a Board Member of Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust, Eurostar International Limited, the CBI, WaterAid, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a Member of Newcastle University Council.
In 2016, her commitment to the community was recognised when she was selected to be the Prince of Wales’ Business Ambassador to the North East, in conjunction with Business in the Community. In the same year Ms Mottram was also named North East Business Executive of the Year recognising her significant contribution to business in the North East of England.
Under her leadership NWG achieved the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Sustainable Development in 2014 and has been the only water company on the World’s Most Ethical companies list seven years in a row (2010-2017). Northumbrian Water is currently the UK’s Utility Company of the year, an accolade achieved twice under Heidi’s leadership.