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Wales & West Utilities’ Graham Edwards has received an OBE for services to business and the community in Wales.

Graham, who has been Chief Executive of the gas network since it started operations in 2005, was recognised in the New Year’s Honours for 2022. A passionate advocate for providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds to help them realise their potential, Graham has also served on the boards of major organisations, notably Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and the University of South Wales.

As well as being involved in some of Wales most influential organisations, he previously served as Chair of both the CBI and Business in the Community in Wales (BITC). He also represented the interests of Wales at the UK Boards of both these organisations.

As Chief Executive of Wales & West Utilities, and in his roles with BITC, Graham has always been passionate about the need for businesses to play their part in contributing to the wider communities which they serve. In his time as Chair of BITC he was instrumental in raising the organisation’s profile of businesses working within communities – with Wales & West utilities itself awarded ‘Wales’ Responsible Business of the Year’.

Graham has also consistently advocated close working relationships between the private and public sectors in Wales, and for several years was a member of the Employment & Skills Board - the government sponsored entity overseeing employment and development strategies aimed at increasing employment and skills across Wales

Graham Edwards OBE, Wales & West Utilities Chief Executive said:

I am proud to receive this honour. It is the privilege of my life to lead Wales & West Utilities, and this award also reflects the critical work that our team do across Wales and south west England. 

At a challenging time in the energy sector, we are doing everything we can to keep the gas flowing safely and reliably and support the most vulnerable in our communities.

Commenting on his recognition, Director of CBI Wales, Ian Price, said:

Graham has been one of Wales most relevant business leaders for over a decade and his contributions have been invaluable in shaping the direction of the CBI in Wales.

During his time on CBI Wales Council, Graham was a brilliant Chair of CBI Wales and on a personal level he has been hugely supportive to me in my time as Director of CBI Wales.

I cannot think of any business leader who is more deserving of this honour.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.