New chairman for Wras

Sean Hogan will take over the position of chairman for water standards body Wras.

Hogan (pictured), who was the chairman of the board of Northern Ireland Water from 2011 to 2015, will replace Stephen Kay, who leaves the post after more than 10 years.

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (Wras) said Hogan has “extensive experience” in the water industry.

Speaking about his appointment, Hogan said: “Wras has an important role to play in protecting water safety, encouraging efficient use of water and compliance with water fittings regulations.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the great work it does and driving further awareness of the importance of compliance.

“I’d like to thank Stephen for all the commitment he has shown to Wras over the years and we are very grateful for his support.”

Kay served on the Wras management committee from 2007 to 2008 and then led the board after Wras limited was incorporated and started trading from April 2009.

In recognition of his long service, the Wras board presented him with an inaugural Wras service award for 2018. He will continue to be a director on the board of WaterSafe, which is the central body for approved professional plumbers in the UK.

Hogan has served in a number of leadership roles, including chairman of the Agri Food and Bio Science Institute and chair of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs bovine tuberculosis eradication committee. He is also a board member of Ervia Ltd, the parent company of Irish Water Ltd, Gas Networks Ireland and Aurora telecoms.

The role of Wras is to contribute to the protection of public health by preventing contamination of public water supplies and encouraging the efficient use of water by promoting and facilitating compliance with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations UK and byelaws in Scotland.

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