The competitive water market opened in England on 1 April 2017. The Panel is the senior industry group that oversees the operation and evolution of the water market.

Licensed water wholesalers and retailers can influence how the market evolves in the future via the Code Panel.

The introduction of competition in water and wastewater retail services aims to increase efficiency, drive down prices and improve customer service.

The Panel supports these goals by providing independent strategic governance of the market. It keeps the market codes under review, making sure that they are operating effectively and that they evolve in a way that:

· Improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the market

· Promotes competition

· Benefits end customers

· Makes regulatory intervention a last resort

The Panel is made up of elected members from wholesale and retail water companies, plus three independent (non-water industry) members appointed by MOSL.

Members are obliged to be impartial and act in the best interests of the market and all participants. They are not there to represent the interests of a particular person or organisation.

In addition to members of the Panel, a number of other people may attend and speak at the meetings, including the CEO of MOSL, the Consumer Council for Water (CC Water), Ofwat and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

Panel Membership

  • Jim Keohane -  Chair of the Panel (MOSL)  
  • Adam Richardson - Panel Secretary (MOSL)
  • Mike Brindle - Associated Retailer Panel Member (Water Plus)
  • Wendy Monk – Associated Retailer Panel Member (Anglian Water Business)
  • Simon Wilshire - Associated Retailer Panel Member (Water 2 Business)
  • Richard Moore - Unassociated Retailer Panel Member  (Castle Water)
  • Trevor Nelson - Unassociated Retailer Panel Member  (Business Stream)
  • Nicola Smith - Unassociated Retailer Panel Member (Clear Business Water)
  • Dylan Freeman - Wholesaler Panel Member (Southern Water)
  • Mark Holloway - Wholesaler Panel Member (Thames Water)
  • Howard Smith - Wholesaler Panel Member (Yorkshire Water)
  • Helyn Mensah - Independent Panel Member (Independent Consultant)
  • Nigel Sisman - Independent Panel Member (Independent Consultant)
  • Elsa Wye - Independent Panel Member (Independent Consultant)
  • Christina Blackwell – Affiliated Panel Member (CCWater)
  • Dan Mason – Affiliated Panel Member (Ofwat)
  • Chris Scoggins – Affiliated Panel Member (MOSL)

 

There is an affiliated seat for each representative from MOSL, Ofwat and CCWater, who may not vote on Panel decisions.

Supported by MOSL, the Panel’s primary functions are to:

· Oversee code changes and make recommendations to Ofwat on any changes that may be required

· Review and provide advice on market audit reports, market performance, market entry assurance and reassurance and trading disputes

· Consider and input into the market operator’s budget and charges.

The Panel has separate committees to deal with trading disputes, market performance and market incident management planning. All activity by the Panel and its committees is reported to Ofwat.

Prior to the Panel being formed, the Interim Codes Panel (ICP) performed in a capacity similar to the Panel.

For more information, download the Panel Terms of Reference. Please note this is a working draft, and will be kept under review by the Panel.

The Panel meets on a monthly basis. Dates, agendas, minutes and papers are available in the table below.

The Panel Plan sets out the Panel’s strategic priorities for 2018/19 and beyond. It identifies three key areas of focus and a number of work streams which will deliver against these three areas. These three key areas are:

  1. Promote effective competition;
  2. Reduce friction in the market and enable the market to operate efficiently; and
  3. Embed good working practice and efficiency in market code governance.

Progress against these strategic priorities will be reviewed by the Panel every six months, with the first review taking place in January 2019.

If you have any comments on the contents of Panel Plan, including on whether the priority areas and work streams are right, please contact panel.secretariat@mosl.co.uk.

If you would like to contact the Panel or Panel Secretary, please email panel.secretariat@mosl.co.uk.

Meeting Date Agenda Headline Minutes Papers
Meeting 38 10 December 2019        
Meeting 37 26 November 2019        
Meeting 36 29 October 2019        
Meeting 35 24 September 2019        
Meeting 34 27 August 2019        
Meeting 33 23 July 2019        
Meeting 32 25 June 2019        
Meeting 31 28 May 2019        
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