Michael Gerrard to be Managing Director of Thames Tunnel project

Posted: Monday 27th June 2011

Thames Water has announced Michael Gerrard as Managing Director of the company's Thames Tunnel project.

The Thames Tunnel is being designed to capture flows from the 34 most polluting combined sewer overflows that discharge untreated sewage to the River Thames.

These discharges, which can be triggered by as little as 2mm of rainfall, occur when the capital's Victorian sewer network becomes overloaded.

Martin Baggs, Chief Executive of Thames Water, said:

"I am delighted that Michael Gerrard will be joining Thames Water to run this major infrastructure project, which is so important for London and has reached a crucial phase in its development.

"Michael brings a strong background in infrastructure delivery and of partnership working between industry, the City, the public sector and users of public services."

Mr Gerrard has more than 30 years’ experience in the development and delivery of major infrastructure investments.

His most recent appointments were as CEO of Partnerships UK and of Local Partnerships - both are organisations that have been at the forefront of delivering investment in economic and social infrastructure in the UK, especially through public-private-partnerships.

For the last few years he has also been a member of Defra's Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP) Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government's waste investment programme board.

Michael Gerrard said:

"This is a crucial investment for London and an exciting opportunity to help bring its infrastructure up to modern-day standards".

"I look forward to leading the excellent team that has been mobilised and to taking forward the next phases of the impressive works that are already under way.

"I will be working closely with the many stakeholders that are vital to the success of this important project."




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