Richard Aylard CVO

Sustainability Director, Thames Water


Richard joined Thames Water in 2002 as Corporate Responsibility Director and led the company’s engagement with external stakeholders, including Councils, MPs, community groups and environmental organisations from 2005 to 2019. As Sustainability Director, Richard now focuses on the company’s strategic aim of generating public value, including the key issues of the environment, sustainability and climate change, working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders and local community groups.
Richard has a degree in biological science from Reading University and served in the Royal Navy for 16 years. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and Chair of the Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor charity.