Colin Skellet OBE

Group Chief Executive, Wessex Water


Colin Skellett is a scientist and engineer by training and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has worked largely in the water industry for over 40 years. As Chief Executive of Wessex Water, he took the company through privatisation creating a business that consistently delivers the highest environmental and customer service performance within the industry.

He has had non-executive roles in rail, travel and international infrastructure businesses, served on the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency and is involved with a number of charities. Colin was also Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership from 2011 until the beginning of 2016.

Colin is currently Group Chief Executive of the Wessex Water/YTL UK Group, Chair of the YTL Land and Property UK and Chair of YTL’s UK hotels. He is also non-executive Chair of European Connoisseurs Travel and Chair of the Merchants’ Academy schools.

Colin was awarded an OBE for services to business and WaterAid in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours and has an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of the West of England, awarded in 2015.