NEWBURY MP Richard Benyon has been named as the new chairman of the UK Water Partnership.
The MP was appointed to the position earlier this month and replaces Lord Smith.
The move comes just seven months after the not-for-profit organisation was founded as it seeks to develop new opportunities for the UK water sector, in what it says is a £500bn global market.
Lord Smith said Mr Benyon would be well placed to take on the role, having served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2010 to 2013.
Mr Benyon said: “Lord Smith has done an outstanding job in helping to launch the organisation and he leaves a great legacy.
“I am delighted to be able to build on his success and take up the task of maintaining the momentum we’ve seen so far, especially at such an important time for the industry.”
Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs Rory Stewart added: “I am delighted that Richard Benyon has taken the role of chairman of the UK Water Partnership. His energy and integrity will help us promote UK leadership in water technology here and abroad.”
The UKWP aims to drive research and innovation, bringing together experts from water technology, services and research communities.