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2011 | Angeline Albert
Northern Ireland Water's (NI
Water) engineering procurement director has stepped up to lead the company,
following the CEO’s resignation this week.
at NI Water has appointed the director of engineering procurement Trevor
Haslett as acting CEO and board director of the company, after chief executive
Laurence MacKenzie tendered his resignation from these roles on 5 January.
MacKenzie described the company, which is the sole provider of water in
Northern Ireland, as facing an “unprecedented situation” of water shortages over
the Christmas holidays owing to burst pipes caused by freezing weather.
In a statement
MacKenzie said: “I readily accept and recognise that there were aspects of the
way in which we handled the situation that could have been better. I apologise
sincerely both personally and on behalf of the organisation. A fundamental part
of the work I have been engaged in over recent days has been around setting up
procedures to ensure that failing is not repeated.
Trevor every success as he seeks to move the company forward over the coming
months. His invaluable experience and knowledge of this organisation and the
water industry as a whole will continue to be a major asset for the company.”
confirmed on 5 January that there were no properties without water supply.
2010, four interim non-executive directors were appointed to the board of NI
Water to replace those sacked following a breakdown in procurement standards at
the utility company. The company’s board conducted an internal review of
procurement practices after MacKenzie became aware of a breach in the
organisation’s licence and governance arrangements. Chris Mellor, John Ballard,
Ruth Thompson and Declan Gormley were dismissed in March 2010 following
breaches relating to contract approvals including failure to put contracts out
to competitive tender.