Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Water company boss set to resign

Northern Ireland Water acting Chief Executive Trevor Haslett

The boss of the troubled Northern Ireland Water (NIW) company is to quit, it has emerged.

The departure of Trevor Haslett, 60, as interim chief executive is believed to be partly linked to an apparent failure to agree a new pay deal.

His £130,000 salary is just less than half of what the previous CEO earned.

NIW chairman Sean Hogan confirmed that Mr Haslett had indicated his intention to offer his resignation to the board. He said a full statement would be issued in due course.

Jimmy Spratt, the DUP MLA and chairman of the Department of Regional Development's Stormont committee, said: "I am disappointed that Trevor Haslett is possibly considering resigning. I think he has made considerable progress in terms of improving morale and picking up on some of the ongoing issues. He has turned quite a few things around."

He is the third CEO to resign since NIW was set up in 2004.

Mr Haslett took charge last January in the aftermath of a fiasco which left 450,000 customers without water at the height of the winter freeze last Christmas.

Lawrence MacKenzie, a Scot, was forced to stand down amid damning criticism of the company's handling of the crisis. He was earning £250,000, but Mr Haslett was appointed his replacement on a salary of £130,000.

It is understood Mr Haslett may return to private consultancy.

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