Speakers

Andrew Welsh

General manager - Xylem

Andrew Welsh is general manager for instrumentation, control and automation at Xylem Water Solutions UK and Ireland. He and his team deliver broad ranging monitoring and control solutions to a variety of customers and applications across the water industry. With more read more

Carl Pheasey

Director, strategy and policy - Ofwat

Carl Pheasey is Director, Strategy and Policy at Ofwat, the economic regulator for the water and wastewater sector. Carl is responsible for a range of strategic policy development projects, and for managing Ofwat’s response to major government policy initiatives. In previous read more

Claire Thomas

Utilities sector director - Hitachi Consulting

Claire is the utilities sector director at Hitachi Consulting. She is responsible for shaping business outcome focused solutions for the sector and managing relationships with key clients in both the water and energy sectors. Leveraging data as a strategic asset read more

Dan Green

Head of sustainability and innovation - Wessex Water

Dan Green is Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Wessex Water Services Ltd. His team oversees Wessex Water's sustainability strategy, its innovation & research programme, carbon accounting and forecasting, and climate change adaptation. His wide-ranging work at Wessex Water has also included read more
James Chong - University of York

Dr James Chong

Royal society industry fellow/Senior lecturer, Department of Biology - University of York

James Chong studied for a BSc in Molecular Biology at the University of Manchester which included a year working in the pilot plant at Glaxo Group Research. He carried out a PhD in the protein biochemistry of DNA replication at read more

Eddie Wrigley

Innovation Facilitator - Northumbrian Water

Eddie is an experienced workshop facilitator and has designed and delivered sessions for groups from 5 - 100+. He keeps up to date on latest thinking and good practice from across the innovation field and translates it into business strategy read more

Elin Williamson

Research & development manager - Southern Water

Elin is R&D Manager for Southern Water, responsible for the R&D programme within the organisation. Elin has a keen interest in driving improvements through innovation and gets excited about how advances in research and its application can effect change. Elin read more

Emma Marshall

Programme manager, United Utilities Innovation Lab - L Marks

Iliana Portugues

Head of innovation, Electricity Transmission Owner - National Grid

Iliana is the head of innovation for National Grid Electricity Transmission Owner, responsible for the delivery of innovation across National Grid. Iliana joined National Grid in 2014 as a condition monitoring specialist before moving into the innovation team in 2015. Previously, read more
Jacob Tompkins - speaking at WWT Water Industry Innovation conference

Jacob Tompkins

Chief technical officer - The Water Retail Company

Jacob Tompkins is the co-founder and CTO of The Water Retail Company an independent new entrant retailer in the water market. Jacob trained as a civil engineer with degrees from UCL and Imperial. He worked as an academic researcher, the water lead read more

Jeremy Heath

Innovation manager - Sutton and East Surrey Water

Jeremy Heath is the innovation manager for Sutton and East Surrey Water, located just south of London. With a background in mechanical engineering and a qualification in software application development, part of his responsibility includes the introduction and implementation of read more

Jon Brigg

Manager of innovation - Yorkshire Water

Jon Brigg began his career in agriculture which led to a role in Yorkshire Water in 1992. Using experience gained through science, operational, R&D, commercial, procurement, fleet and leadership roles, Jon's current challenge is to build and drive a programme read more

Kieran Brocklebank

Head of innovation - United Utilities

Kieran has been with United Utilities since 2002 and has been head of innovation since 2013. He is tasked with delivering multi-million-pound efficiencies by introducing great ideas into the company. This involves creating a network to harvest ideas, reviewing them to read more

Michael Hull

Intelligence & analytics manager - Northumbrian Water Group

As Northumbrian Water’s intelligence & analytics manager, Michael is responsible for providing management information, business intelligence and data science services for the business. With a role covering all of NWG’s water, wastewater and support services, Michael leverages this unique position to read more

Piers Clark

Chairman - Isle Group

Piers is Isle Utilities’ chairman.  Isle is a technical, specialist water consultancy with offices in the UK, the Netherlands, the USA, Australia, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Piers was previously the managing director for the private equity fund Global Water Development read more

Rebecca Dibb-Simkin

Marketing and product director - Octopus Energy

Rebecca is product and marketing director at Octopus Energy, a multi-award-winning challenger energy supplier. Octopus is an e-commerce specialist and digital first with product, marketing, and customer service. It’s changing the way people consume and buy energy with ground-breaking product launches read more

Sarah McMath

Managing director, strategic planning & investment - Thames Water

Sarah has worked for Thames Water since 1994, initially in the innovation team where she gained a doctorate in Environmental Engineering while working as a research scientist. During the past 20 years, Sarah has held a range of roles, leading read more

Sean Robinson

Manager, software solutions - Novotek

Sean works with Water/Wastewater companies, OEMs and asset fleet owner-operators in defining automation and information systems programs aimed at areas like: improving asset reliability; energy optimisation; and improving design-for-application processes. Sean brings over 25 years’ experience in a variety of read more

Steve Kaye

Chief executive - UKWIR

Steve is a chartered mechanical engineer and has worked in the water industry for around twenty seven years. Steve has an MBA from City University in London and is also a visiting professor at Imperial College and Brunel University. Steve’s career read more