Movers & Shakers: Top accolade for Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson

Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson.

Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson. - Credit: Tim George

Anglian Water boss Peter Simpson has scooped the coveted Highest Rated Chief Executive Office (CEO) award from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job sites.

Peter Simpson, who has been at the company helm for eight years, received a ringing endorsement from staff after he was awarded a 98% approval rating, putting him in top spot in the annual Employee Choice awards annual league table.

The water company CEO came out ahead of other business leaders from international companies and industries including Google, Microsoft, Nationwide and Rolls Royce.

The awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback. A company review and comments about their CEO’s leadership, plus insight into their job, work environment and employer over the past year is included.

Winners are ranked based on their overall CEO approval rating from their employees during the past year.

Peter said: “I feel incredibly flattered – and surprised – to have won this award and would like to thank all our employees who make Anglian Water such a great place to work for everyone, including myself.

“I’m very grateful that I have a role where I can work with and develop people and teams in the pursuit of doing something meaningful, and where I can see the impact of what we’re doing.

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Anglian Water also topped the charts as a business, with its employees scoring it 4.7 out of 5 as a great place to work.

•Megan Clarke of Wincer Kievenaar Architects is celebrating after passing her final exam with distinction to become an architect.

Megan, who has studied towards her qualification for nearly 10 years, joined the Hadleigh-based practice in 2010, as Part 1 of her work experience for her architecture degree. She went on to complete her masters course at the University of Kent.

She has spent the past two years completing Part 3 which has involved attending Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West for weekend study courses and gaining further practice experience working at Wincer Kievenaar.

As an architectural assistant, she has proved to be a great all-rounder in terms of her ability to offer strong support to her colleagues, the firm said.

Director Craig Western said: “We are delighted for Megan. Passing the Part 3 examination is a great achievement and to receive a distinction is testament to the time and effort she has put into her studies.”

•Four young administrators have completed their apprenticeships with Birkett Long and secured permanent positions at the Essex law firm.

Destiny Berry, Georgina Jones and Rhiann Wilford will continue working in the Colchester office, while Lucy Tindall stays on in the Chelmsford office.

Human resources manager Joann Kebbell said: “As a result of our apprenticeship programme we have been able to recruit staff who are enthusiastic, ambitious, driven and want success. This creates a positive working environment. The success we have had with the programme has been fantastic.”

Destiny, 21, a former student at Clacton County High School, joined the administration team in Colchester in July 2015 and has gained an NVQ Advanced Level 3 in business administration. As of June she became a trainee legal secretary in the quality and float team.

Rhiann, 22, who studied at St Helena School and Colchester Sixth Form College, joined the administration team in February last year.

Georgina’s apprenticeship was arranged through Seetec, who provided support and tutoring to enable her to gain a Level 2 Diploma in business administration. Initially she joined the wills, trusts and probate team, moving to the agriculture and estates team in 2016.

Lucy Tindall, 19, joined Birkett Long’s Chelmsford-based residential real estate team in August 2015 after studying at Chelmer Valley High School and Colchester Sixth Form College.