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Senior Appointment at Water Authority 8 December 2003

The Water Authority has appointed a new Director of Finance & Information. Mark Gilson will officially join the management team at Drill Hall on 8th December 2003. He replaces Debbie Hammond who left the Authority to take up a new role in the private sector in mid-October this year.

Mark is a chartered accountant who trained with KPMG in London and Hong Kong. He has significant financial management experience and has been involved in a number of strategic reviews, implementing corporate change as part of the senior management process.

He moved to the Island with his wife Karen in 1995, when he became a Principal Consultant for a specialist tax planning and financial management consultancy. He went on to join one of the largest corporate service providers on the Isle of Man, where he rose to be Head of Finance. More recently he has undertaken contract assignments for Anglo Irish Trust Company, Abacus Trust Company and Deloitte & Touche. Mark and Karen have two daughters aged nine and five. He enjoys fitness training, golf and is a qualified sports diver. He is also a member and past chairman of Rushen Round Table and is a proactive member of a community initiative to run a beach football tournament in Port Erin.

Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Authority comments,

"We are pleased to welcome Mark to the Authority and he joins us at an exciting time. We are busy implementing the much needed and indeed major changes to the Islandís water supply system including the construction of two new water treatment works and installation of new raw water mains.

"These are multi-million pound projects that will obviously require some rigorous financial planning and organisation. I am confident that Markís financial management skills and strategic corporate experience will help us to guide these projects towards a successful conclusion".

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