Mick Axtell – Chief Financial Officer

Mick Axtell was appointed to the Board on 30 January 2014. He joined the Company in September 2013 as Deputy Finance Director, was appointed Finance Director in January 2014 and became CFO in November 2015 and now manages the Corporate Services Directorate (CSD).

Prior to joining the Company he held a number of senior Finance roles at RWE, one of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies. Outside of work, Mick enjoys spending time with his family and participating in a variety of sports.

The Corporate Services Directorate

CSD is at the hub of Bristol Water. It provides a dual role to the business:
Business support: CSD brings together most of the business functions that provide a service to the core operational teams. CSD aims help the business to achieve its vision and strategic objectives, through professional advice and an efficient and effective support service.
Independent review: a) to work with the business to achieve high levels of compliance across the various regulations, rules and laws that the company has to meet b) provide clear, independent review of proposals and performance to help the business take decisions and progress with strategic objectives.

CSD teams include:

  • Business Improvement – to assist Bristol Water continually seek and implement improvements to the way it operates and to deliver these improvements as efficiently as possible;
  • Business Services – aim to provide efficient & effective business services support within Bristol Water and to wider stakeholder.
  • Financial Control – administer a strong financial control environment, process all financial transactions effectively and efficiently and meet the Bristol Water group’s statutory, tax and financial regulatory reporting obligations.
  • Financial Planning & Analysis – provide a finance business partnering function to help optimise decisions through financial analysis and provide accurate and timely financial management information.
  • Legal & Compliance – assurance services so that Bristol Water complies with its many and varied corporate obligations and oversee and foster an ethos of Quality management throughout the organisation.
  • Procurement – responsible for the management of supplies and services contracts so that we get the best value available and minimise commercial risk during the procurement.