THE ENGINEER behind some of Britain’s most successful cars is taking on a new challenge at the helm of one of Yorkshire’s biggest companies.
Kelda Group, the Bradford-based owner of Yorkshire Water, has appointed Professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE as its new non-executive chairman.
He will replace Kevin Whiteman, the former chief executive turned chairman who is credited with leading the regulated firm through a difficult turnaround in the 1990s. Mr Parry-Jones, a Welshman, spent nearly four decades with the Ford Motor Company, where helped to design best-selling cars such as the Mondeo, Focus, Ka, Fiesta and Escort.
He was also in charge of the Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo brands, then owned by Ford.
Mr Parry-Jones retired in 2007 as group vice president, global product development and chief technical officer and has since combined a career in consultancy with senior board roles at global engineer GKN and Network Rail.
He said: “Clean water and sanitation are taken for granted by most of us who live in advanced economies, yet it is a critical public service requiring enormous skill, technology and investment, coupled with passionate customer and environmental care.”
He takes over as non-executive chairman in April.