South West Water owner’s boss should lose all bonuses after Devon parasite outbreak | Nils Pratley

South West Water owner’s boss should lose all bonuses after Devon parasite outbreak | Nils Pratley

Pennon CEO Susan Davy gave up part of pay for a second year, but she should also miss cash from long-term incentive plan

Boss of South West Water’s owner gains £300,000 pay rise

Here’s a rarity: a chief executive turning down an annual bonus two years in a row out of solidarity with the suffering customers. But when the company is Pennon Group, owner of South West Water, the operation currently knee-deep in a diarrhoea and vomiting outbreak in Devon caused by polluted water, Susan Davy had little real choice. She cannot expect applause for leading “from the front” and “living our values”, as she described her decision to turn down £237,000 in cash.

In fact, the question is why she still thought it appropriate to collect £298,000 under her separate long-term share-based scheme. That award sent her overall pay up from £543,000 to £860,000, a figure that may cause stomach pain across the south-west, not just in the coastal town of Brixham, where the parasite cryptosporidium was found in the system.

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