Waterwise announces new Board members

Influential environmental campaigning organisation Waterwise today announced five new Board members.

The new Board members bring a fantastic range of skills and insight to its Board. They are Steve Arthur, Mumin Islam, Chana King, Diane McCrea and Tanya Sephton and their bios and photos can be found below. Waterwise has also taken part in a case study of the inclusive recruitment process it used, which can be found here.

Steve has been hugely fortunate to have worked in water for his whole career, from delivering capital programmes, leading business change to running the retail business market. His current role is a global engagement role for utility technology innovator, Smart Energy Water, developing digital platforms to connect customers and communities with their water and energy use.

Steve said ‘There has never been a more important time to be part of an incredible team, focused on driving a step-change in the awareness of water use and campaigning for a water efficiency focus in policy and beyond. I’m delighted to join the Waterwise Board and be part of such a committed and inspirational organisation.’

Mumin has over 14 years of experience in the water sector and a strong passion for water efficiency and reducing waste in general and working with hard-to-reach communities. He is currently at South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water, leading the next Price Review 2024 (PR24) – the company’s next business plan.

Mumin said ‘I’m absolutely delighted to join the Waterwise Board and look forward to shaping Waterwise’ s strategy to achieve its vision for water to be used wisely, every day, everywhere.’

Chana is a project manager, school governor and foundation committee member, working and volunteering in places that impact positively on our communities.She is passionate about inclusion and diversity however mostly enjoys spending time exploring our capital city and crafting with her children.  

Chana said ‘I am pleased to be joining the Waterwise Board at an incredibly exciting time on its journey to fulfilling its mission.‘

Over the past twenty years Diane has (amongst other things) worked on the sustainability agenda with the Consumer Council for Water, Natural Resources Wales, and Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales.  Previously based in London, she worked on food and consumer affairs with consumer groups, WHO, FAO and the European Commission, travelling all over the world for this work, but is now happy to be living and working back home in Wales

Diane said ‘Responsible and sustainable use of our natural resources is one of my top personal and professional passions and using water wisely, as Waterwise champions, is right up there – I am thrilled to be appointed to the Board to work with the tremendous Waterwise team to help achieve this.’

With over 20 years’ experience in the regulated and deregulated water sector, Tanya has significant experience in customer service, business planning and performance management, economic regulation, business change and transformation and programme management. She thrives in a role that provides challenge and is built on integrity, and working in an industry that has a purpose and value to society.

Tanya said ‘I’m thrilled to be joining the Waterwise Board. It is a great time to join the organisation when the need to use water wisely is more crucial than ever.’

Waterwise Chair Tania Flasck said

‘I am absolutely delighted with the appointment of our new Board members. We committed to an inclusive recruitment process which allowed us to benefit from a huge diversity of very high calibre candidates. With the selection of Chana, Diane, Mumin, Steve, and Tanya to join our existing board, I have every faith that this team will be exceptional in supporting Waterwise to realise our vision meaningfully and I can’t wait to see Waterwise go from strength to strength!’

Waterwise Managing Director Nicci Russell said

‘What a great new set of Board members! I’m very lucky as MD to have such a supportive and effective Board, and I’m really looking forward to hearing from our new Board members as we drive ever more ambitious water efficiency across the UK, for the sake of people, the environment and the economy.’



Notes for Editors

Waterwise’s existing Board members can be found here. The new Board members’ profiles will be added in the autumn.


Please contact Nicci Russell on nicci.russell@waterwise.org.uk or 07871 092749 with any queries.


Waterwise was founded in 2005 and is the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK. It is an independent, not-for-profit campaigning organisation, receiving funding from supporters across and beyond the water sector and wider sponsorship and research projects.

Waterwise will always be found at the front, leading and supporting innovative efforts to realise its mission that water will be used wisely, every day, everywhere.

We will be launching our refreshed Strategic Direction in August and the new Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK in September, so do keep an eye on our social media.

Waterwise works a four-day week so the office is closed on Fridays. You can find out more about the 4 Day Week here.