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About us

Our executive committee

Sara Venning

Chief Executive

Responsible for the overall performance of Northern Ireland Water and the company’s continuing journey towards customer excellence.  Sara joined NI Water in April 2010 as Director of Customer Service Delivery with responsibility for water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment together with all aspects of service to customers.  With a MEng in Electrical Engineering, Sara previously worked for Northern Ireland Electricity, holding a number of senior positions. 

Paul Harper

Director of Asset Delivery

Paul, a chartered civil engineer, is a water industry expert with some 35 years’ experience, primarily in the UK. Paul’s previous role was Jacobs Water Asset Management Lead in the UK and he has worked for a range of water companies in UK and Ireland.  Paul previously worked with our asset management and engineering teams in both a consulting and contracting capacity.  


Ronan Larkin

Director of Finance & Regulation

Joined Water Service in September 2005 prior to the inception of Northern Ireland Water in April 2007. Previously responsible for commercial & financial roles in various other organisations in the UK and Ireland.

Responsible for the financial direction of Northern Ireland Water, plus all aspects of Corporate Governance, economic regulation and the companies relationship with The Regulator.

Des Nevin

Interim Director of Customer Service Delivery

Des was previously Head of the Customer Service Centre and has over 35 years of experience working across a number of functions within the Customer Services Directorate, including Wastewater, Networks Water and Customer Services.


Rose Kelly

Director of People and Learning

Rose has an extensive and varied background in HR, people development, corporate social responsibility and business; she is a graduate from Queen’s University Belfast. Rose previously worked in the technology sector where she was Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer. Rose has led a range of innovative people and management strategies and is well placed to help us bring an even greater focus on our people and teams - helping all colleagues develop and flourish.


Alistair Jinks

Head of Business Services

Alistair’s experience in managing business change across a number of sectors, including telecoms, manufacturing and retail, has helped us to deliver improvements in our service and efficiency levels. Having joined us in 2006 Alistair now heads up Business Improvement and Corporate Affairs.

Mark Ellesmere

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Mark provides legal advice and assistance throughout the organisation and is Company Secretary to the board of Northern Ireland Water.

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