Ian Tait

Deputy Chief Executive

Ian is a regulatory specialist, with extensive experience gained over his 35 years of working within the utility and regulation sectors.

As Deputy CEO Ian is responsible for overseeing the work of the office and making sure that we continue to deliver on all of the objectives and milestones set out in the Commission’s corporate plan. He has specific responsibility for the overall delivery of the Strategic Review of Charges for 2021-27. By working collaboratively with sector colleagues, Ian is also supporting our regulatory approach to encourage candour and transparency in all interactions between ourselves as the economic regulator, Scottish Water and other stakeholders.

Ian has led the development of our performance and monitoring processes, ensuring that we are aware of and make best use of innovative approaches within the regulatory process. These have included, for example, establishing new performance measures to ensure that Scottish Water’s output delivery aligns with its commitments to customers; adapting regulatory mechanisms to incentivise greater use of innovative approaches; and introducing a rolling investment programme to allow longer term planning. Ian represents WICS on a number of joint bodies including the Delivery Assurance Group, which was established by the Scottish Government to assure stakeholders of Scottish Water’s progress in delivering agreed targets.

Ian has a strong interest in regulatory models and best practice. He has sat on the Scottish Government’s expert panel on consumer and competition policy and has advised the Scottish Government on the development of regulatory structures in Scotland. Ian was also a non-executive board member at Revenue Scotland, the tax authority responsible for the administration of Scotland’s devolved taxes.

Before joining WICS his previous posts included Strategic Planning Manager and Transmission System Manager at Scottish and Southern Energy (formerly Scottish Hydro-Electric).

Ian is a Chartered Engineer, and a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth’s Accelerated Development Programme and of the Tuck University Leadership and Strategic Impact programme. Ian holds an MSc from the University of Strathclyde and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Dundee. Ian recently completed the Financial Times’ Non-Executive Director Advanced Professional Diploma.