WRAS appoints new Managing Director

Posted: Wednesday 7th December 2011

WRAS Ltd, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, has appointed Julie Spinks as managing director, following the announcement by Dr Steve Tuckwell that he is to step down from the position at the end of March next year. Tuckwell has been at the helm since 2000 and became its first MD when WRAS Ltd was formed in 2008.

Julie will take on operational responsibility for the trade advisory organisation with effect from 1st December 2011, reporting to WRAS chairman, Stephen Kay. Julie will be based at the organisation’s head office in South Wales and lead a team of six.

As managing director of WRAS, Julie’s first task will be to develop a new three-year strategic business plan for the organisation to take it forward from 2012 to 2015. She will also be responsible for external communication and developing closer ties with key stakeholder and interest groups including water companies, plumbers and installers, water supply equipment manufacturers as well as architects, building service engineers and specifiers.

Commenting on her new role, Julie said: “I am delighted to be joining WRAS. The organisation plays an important role in promoting water regulations to help maintain the high standards of drinking water in the UK. I’m keen to ensure that WRAS continues to deliver real value to its stakeholders.”

WRAS is responsible for promoting advice around the Water Fittings Regulations affecting premises which receive public water supplies, to encourage water efficiency and protect and prevent contamination of drinking water. It awards WRAS Approval™ to suitable water fittings and lists them in the on-line Water Fittings and Materials Directory. WRAS offers a free enquiry service about the Water Regulations and provides lists of accredited plumbers belonging to the Water Industry Approved Plumbers Scheme (WIAPS) to ensure competent plumbing installation work.

Stephen Kay, WRAS chairman, added: “Julie brings a wealth of experience and expertise within the Water Industry, having worked in the sector for many years. She has a good understanding of the pressures and challenges facing water companies and will play a pivotal role in taking WRAS forward in the next three years and beyond.”

Prior to her appointment, Julie Spinks was executive manager at the British Blood Transfusion Society and also held various senior roles at United Utilities.




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