Speakers

Dr Richard Allan

Business sector lead: environment - James Hutton Institute

Richard Allan is Head of the Centre of Expertise for Waters Research in Scotland (CREW) and a senior research fellow in sustainable water systems at the James Hutton Institute. CREW leads on policy focused research in the area of Water. read more

Heidi Mottram CBE

Chief executive officer - Northumbrian Water

Heidi Mottram studied at the University of Hull obtaining a BSc (Hons) in geography in 1986. Her success at Northumbrian Water Group follows on from an excellent track record in the rail industry where she worked her way up through read more

Marcus Rink

Chief inspector - Drinking Water Inspectorate

Marcus Rink is the chief inspector at the Drinking Water Inspectorate. As chief inspector he provides independent scrutiny of the water industry ensuring the safety and quality of water and public confidence through a robust regulatory framework. The role encompasses read more

Dr Martin Padley

Director of water and scientific services - United Utilities

Dr Martin Padley of United Utilities became water and scientific services director of the company during September 2015. In this role he is responsible and accountable for scientific services and the operation and maintenance of all above ground and underground read more

Dr Michelle Minihan

Senior inspector, drinking water team - Environment Protection Agency (Republic of Ireland)

Michelle is the senior inspector for the Drinking Water Team, in the Environmental Protection Agency in the Republic of Ireland. After completing her PhD at the University of Limerick, Michelle joined Intel Ireland before moving to Teagasc and then the read more

Dr Robin Price

Head of water quality - Anglian Water

Robin has been with Anglian Water for almost 20 years in a variety of scientific roles and is currently Head of Water Quality, leading a team of scientists and inspectors working on all aspects of process science, public health liaison, read more

Dr Phillippa Pearson

Head of water services science - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Phillippa is head of water services science at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and has worked in the water industry for 15 years. After completing her PhD at Aberystwyth University, Phillippa joined Severn Trent Water in 2003, before moving to Welsh read more

Dr Vanessa Speight

Senior research fellow & managing director, TWENTY65 - University of Sheffield

Dr. Vanessa Speight is a senior research fellow in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, focusing on drinking water quality and innovation in water systems around the world.  She is managing director of TWENTY65; read more

Alister Leggatt

Catchment management programme lead - Affinity Water

Alister Leggatt is an asset manager within Affinity Water responsible for development and delivery of the ‘catchment management for water quality’ programme. He has worked at Affinity Water for twelve years in a variety of roles and has been leading read more

Grace Righton

Environment adviser - NFU

Grace is an environment adviser in policy at the NFU where she has worked for two years. Her specialist areas are water quality and ammonia.

Dr Dinah Hillier

Catchment control manager - Thames Water

Dinah has been involved in catchment protection initiatives within Thames Water for more than two decades. Her PhD on the analytical chemistry of moorland waters provided a route into her first job at Thames Water; developing analytical methods to detect read more

Dr Andrew Mayes

Senior lecturer, School of Chemistry - University of East Anglia

Andrew began his career as a biochemist and did a PhD in physical biochemistry at the University of Bath. Following post-doctoral work in Sweden and Cambridge, working on design of “smart polymers” for applications in sensing and separation, he was appointed read more

Clair Dunn

Water quality risk and optimisation manager - Anglian Water

Clair has a PhD in water treatment from Strathclyde University and achieved chartered scientist status through the Institute of Water in 2014. She joined Anglian Water in 1997 and carried out a number of scientific roles in both drinking water read more

Hugh Thomas

Technical authority for process engineering - Atkins Water

Hugh is the Technical Authority for Process Engineering at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, with over 20 years in the industry. He is responsible for ensuring design quality, technical innovation and the digital transformation in his practice. Hugh has worked in a read more

Dr Michael Strahand

Managing director Europe - ATi

Mike has more than 25 years' experience in building businesses that operate in the water industry, in both the clean and the wastewater treatment market. He is a PhD chemist who has the ability to apply that knowledge to solving read more

Dr Peter Jarvis

Professor of water science and technology - Cranfield University

Professor Jarvis has been working at Cranfield in the Cranfield Water Science Institute since May 2005. Having obtained his MSc in water and wastewater engineering (2001) and PhD in water treatment from Cranfield (2004), he worked at Anglian Water in industrial research read more

Dr Athena Zitrou

Analytics team leader - Scottish Water

Athena leads the analytics team in the development, delivery and promotion of mathematical/statistical modelling and the provision of analytical services to colleagues and stakeholders within the business. She is responsible for building and maintaining a strong team that produces state-of-the-art read more

Mirjam Blokker

Principal scientist - KWR

Mirjam Blokker is a principal scientist on the drinking water infrastructure team. She is an expert in drinking water demand and developed the SIMDEUM model, which can be used to predict the demand for shower water, toilet flushing water, water read more

Ken Black

Optimisation manager - Northumbrian Water Group

Ken has 20 years’ experience within process related industries covering design, construction, operational and commercial management. He specialises in driving business improvements in terms of cost, quality, income generation, reliability excellence and environmental performance by bringing people together with information read more

Helen Pickett

Technical lead - Severn Trent Water

Helen has been with Severn Trent Water since June 2000, when she joined the organisation as a senior advisor for wastewater monitoring. Since then, she has progressed through the company, taking on the roles of principal advisor, biology, and biology read more