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Robert Light has been appointed chairman of the Consumer Council for Water for three years.

The Consumer Council for Water is the independent, statutory body that represents all water and sewerage consumers across England and Wales. Its work includes providing advice and information on water matters and investigating complaints if water customers have tried and failed to resolve issues with their water companies and retailers.

As a board member of the Consumer Council for Water since 2015, Light was chairman of the Northern Region. Previously he was Deputy Chair of the Environment Agency, Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association and on the Board of the Audit Commission. He retired from local government after 26 years as a councillor, including as Leader of Kirklees Council and the first chairman of the Leeds City Region. He is also Head Commissioner for the independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise.

(Published by DEFRA, Consumer Council for Water and the Welsh Government: 14 June 2019)