Martin Baggs says this is “an exciting time” to be joining the innovation consultancy

Martin Baggs, the former chief executive of Thames Water, has joined the board as a non-executive member of innovation consultancy WRc.

Baggs recently stepped down as head of Thames, after taking up the role in November 2009. In his time at the water company, Baggs was responsible for overseeing the development of the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel and the formation of the three major alliances encompassing the key sector delivery partners in new long term strategic partnership arrangements promoting collaboration and innovation.

Prior to joining Thames, Baggs was an executive director at investment group Macquarie, with responsibility for the portfolio of utility investments across Europe, including gas distribution networks, metering and renewables businesses.

Baggs has a long history in the water industry, having undertaken senior roles at South East Water and Southern Water. He is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators.

Commenting on his appointment, Baggs said: “This is an exciting time to be joining WRc and I look forward to working with the board and the executive team as the company continues to grow driving innovation across industry whilst also providing key services as a trusted independent advisor.”

WRc chairman Ron Chapman said: “We are delighted to have someone of Martin’s calibre join the WRc Board and look forward to working with him to support the Executive team during this period of rapid expansion.”

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