3 November 2020

09:30 am

Event opens: network with your peers or meet the industry’s innovators in our virtual exhibition

10:30 am

Welcome from WWT

10:35 am

Introduction from conference chair

John Smith
Regulatory economist and policy advisor


10:40 am

Transforming water services NOW

  • Delivering future proofed water services as a single public utility

Niall Gleeson
Managing director - Irish Water

10:55 am

Strategic issues in the Irish Water sector for the new decade

  • Working together to overcome significant challenges in the Irish Water sector
  • Dealing with historic under-investment and the challenge of economic and population growth
  • Responding to climate change, environmental pressures and building resilience into the system

Feargal Ó Coigligh
Assistant secretary for water - Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government

11:05 am

Investing in catchment modelling, drainage, and treatment in Northern Ireland

  • Long-term investment planning for large urban catchments
  • An update on 'The Living With Water Programme'
  • Future ambitions for NI Water
Head of living with water programme - NI Water

11:15 am

Panel discussion and questions: understanding the value people put on water

  • What value do people put on water?
  • Are customers willing to pay for water?
  • Educating the public on the differences they can make
  • Pushing the environmental agenda in collaboration with money saving techniques
  • Is the current funding model sustainable? What can be done?
  • How has Scotland dealt with similar challenges?

Session speakers to be joined by:

Tom Harvie-Clark
General manager: strategy and economic regulation - Scottish Water

Linda MacHugh
Director of water & drainage policy division - Department for Infrastructure

11:50 pm

Speed networking - meet and interact with your peers face to face

12:05 pm

Exhibition zone - engage with new and existing

12:20 pm

Take a break

13:00 pm

Welcome back from Conference chair

John Smith
Regulatory economist, and policy advisor


13:05 pm

The role of regulation in facilitating funding

Laura Brien
Director of water - Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Tanya Hedley
Director of networks - Utility Regulator

13:25 pm

Global capital delivery trends and best practice in water

David Smith
Global strategy officer - Stantec

13:35 pm

How capital projects are being delivered against the backdrop of a funding challenge

  • Has the funding challenge impacted the progress of capital projects?
  • What has been delivered and what does the future hold?

Brian Sheehan 
Head of asset deliver - Irish Water


13:50 pm

Questions and answers


14:00 pm


How do we deliver capital investment in a low carbon way?

Led by: Professor Adrian Johnson, Technical director, Stantec


14:40 pm

Speed networking - meet and interact with your peers face to face


14:55 pm

Exhibition zone - engage with new and existing


15:10 pm

Close of day 1