WEF selects strategic transition specialist as interim leader

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has selected Patrick Nichols to serve as its interim executive director, effective 1 Jun 2023. After taking the reins from outgoing executive director Walter Marlowe, who has led since 2019, Nichols will oversee WEF continued implementation of its new strategic plan.

Patrick Nichols, WEF interim executive director

“[Nichols] is the interim leader best positioned to continue to advance WEF strategic plan while maintaining and enhancing our key existing programmes, product offerings, and relationships,” said its president, Ifetayo Venner.

Nichols is a specialist in guiding not-for-profit organisations through major transitions. He has served as interim director for more than 30 organisations, positioning them by focusing on mission and core values, strategic clarity, integrity, accountability, and customer service.

“It is a great privilege to help WEF realise its vision of life free of water challenges,” said Nichols. “With climate change, water shortages, and the demands of public health, the challenges facing water are some of the challenges facing society and that makes advancing WEF work more vital and urgent.”