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Northumbrian Water appoints new tech leader

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Nigel Watson at the 2016 NWG innovation summit. Picture by Matt Gore, Icon Photomedia

Nigel Watson is taking the helm as CIO and Group Director of Information Services at Northumbrian Water following the move of James Robbins to Drax, the energy company.  Watson’s new role is promotion having been Programme Director at the water company for over a year and a half.

Watson joined Northumbrian Water in 2015 to lead the Newcastle based businesses move into the retail market as the government has begun de-regulating the water industry. In a statement Northumbrian Water said Watson will now “lead the development and use of new technologies”.

“Advancing technologies will also help us to run our network more efficiently and we are already looking at “smart” equipment, drones, 360 degree cameras, image recognition, gas signature detecting lasers,” Watson said in a statement. Also saying: “With cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the seemingly relentless march of technological advances we have to continuously find ways to make it easier for our customers to interact with us.”

Watson has had a diverse career with organisations such as GE Capital, Vodafone, Travelport and vendor side with Microsoft.  He’d had a series of roles, mostly focused on transformational change.

Watson takes over from James Robbins who was at the IT helm since June 2011.

Northumbrian Water Group provides a full range of water utility services including water supply and sewage treatment. Though headquartered in the North East, the business also own Essex and Suffolk Water. Northumbrian Water was acquired by the Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings organisation in 2011.

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