Leadership transition at UKWIR

Leadership transition at UKWIR

Published On 11/06/2024

After six years of distinguished service, Steve Kaye will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer in November 2024. During his tenure, Steve has significantly strengthened UKWIR's role within the water sector. He has overseen the development of strategic offerings, fostered collaboration with water companies, research institutions, academia, and the wider supply chain.

In his time as chief executive, he has overseen several significant research projects, with the potential to make lasting positive change for the sector, including world-leading studies into leakage, river health and the Chemical Investigations Programme (CIP) - the UK water industry’s response to current and emerging legislation on trace chemical substances in the water environment.

Steve said, “I am proud of everything we have achieved, and grateful for the support of my wonderful team, the UKWIR board and the many friends and colleagues in the water sector and beyond. UKWIR has strong ongoing support from water companies in the UK and Ireland; and is continuing to provide vital services and research outputs that benefit the industry and encourage collaboration - helping us build a better industry together.”

Kaye has worked in the water industry since 1990 and has been chief executive of UKWIR for the past six years. He will remain in post for the next six months to ensure a smooth transition as UKWIR recruits a new CEO. Alongside semi-retirement, Kaye plans to continue being involved in the water sector in an advisory capacity.

The Board is actively engaged in the search for a new CEO to ensure a smooth handover and continued momentum. The search is focused on identifying a candidate who can capitalize on these opportunities and shape the future of water.

Steve's dedication and leadership have positioned UKWIR for continued success. We are grateful for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavours.