Market Operator Service Limited (MOSL) has announced that its chairman, Andrew Pinder, died on Sunday 9 April, at the age of 69.
He had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Margaret Beels, who has served on the MOSL board since 2015 as an independent non-executive director, will continue in her role as acting chair on a temporary basis until a new chairman is elected.
Pinder was appointed chairman of the board in July 2015, to guide MOSL in its delivery of the core IT systems at the heart of the competitive water market for non-household customers, which opened on 1 April 2017.
A dynamic and highly respected business leader, he had a distinguished career spanning government service to the creation and funding of high tech start-ups.
In addition to his role at MOSL, Pinder chaired Digital Mobile Spectrum, the company created to ensure the co-existence of 4G and Digital TV, and LED lighting company Finnergy. He was also an active board member of Nominet – the registry for UK domain names.
Appointed as an eEnvoy to Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2000, Andrew was awarded a CBE in 2003 for his role in the development of the knowledge economy in the UK.
MOSL chief executive Ben Jeffs said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce today Andrew’s passing. Andrew made an enormous contribution to the Open Water programme and this is great loss for MOSL and the water sector as a whole. On a personal note, I will greatly miss Andrew’s wise counsel and support. Our thoughts are with Andrew’s wife and family at this difficult time.”