Behaviour follows purpose. Build something that matters.

DO Wales

Running Time
21m 55s


Nigel Annett
Welsh Water

Nigel built Glas Cymru’s revolutionary non-profit model of communnal ownership from Britain’s biggest bond issue that stemmed from the unwavering belief that water is a public commodity, not a private enterprise, and that best practise is more important than lining the pockets of shareholders. Consequently, it is one of the country’s most valued and trusted organisations when it comes to local economy, environmental protection and public health. What he has crafted is a solution. It just works--Glas Cymru has become the envy of the United Kingdom. So, want to know how to increase investment and lower bills? Ask Nigel.

Nigel’s first career was as an investment banker in the City - but a desire to do a proper job brought him to Wales 25 years ago. He put his City experience to good use when he formed Glas Cymru and raised the money to buy Welsh Water in 2001. 

As a result the water industry in Wales is now owned on behalf of the people who rely on Welsh Water every day for the most essential of public services. Nid er elw, er budd Cymru. Nigel has two grown up sons, lives outside Brecon and is making slow progress to being able to speak Welsh fluently.


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