Speakers

Alan Sutherland

Chief executive - Water Industry Commission for Scotland

Alan has been chief executive of the Water Industry Commission since its establishment in 2005. Before then he was the water industry commissioner, a role he took up in 1999. Over the past decade the water industry in Scotland has read more

Jon Rathjen

Water industry team leader - Sottish Government

Jon Rathjen is the team leader of the water industry team in the Scottish Government with policy responsibility for the Scottish Water industry including sponsorship of the public corporation Scottish Water and the new Hydro Nation agenda. The Hydro Nation read more

Gail Walker

Water policy team manager - Citizens Advice Scotland

Gail Walker is the water policy team manager within the Consumer Futures Unit at Citizens Advice Scotland. Gail has 10 years’ experience in the water industry in Scotland representing the needs of consumers across a wide range of water related read more

Simon Parsons

Director of strategic customer service planning - Scottish Water

Having joined Scottish Water in April 2012 as chief scientist, Simon is now director of strategic customer service planning, leading teams in regulation, water and waste water services, strategic review, science and innovation. It’s Simon’s responsibility to ensure customer needs read more

Peter Peacock

Chair - The Customer Forum (previously minister and cabinet secretary, Scottish Parliament)

Peter has had a career in the public, private and third sectors. He is a former politician, serving at the most senior levels in local government in the Highlands before entering the Scottish Parliament where he was a minister and read more

David Pirie

Executive director - SEPA

David joined SEPA in 1996 as a senior chemist. He became South West chemistry unit manager in 1999, chemistry services manager in 2001 and head of chemistry in 2004. His career has included posts with the Water Research Centre, University read more

Carolin Vorstius

Hydro nation scholar - University of Dundee

Carolin Vorstius is a PhD student at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute. Her research focuses on the role that an integrated catchment resilience approach can play in improving raw water quality, especially with regard to climate read more

Paul Dodd

BIM programme lead - Scottish Futures Trust

As an associate director within Scottish Futures Trust, Paul is a member of the construction review delivery team. This is a joint working group between Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust to deliver the recommendations of The Review of Scottish read more

Elise Cartmell

Chief scientist - Scottish Water

Elise Cartmell is the chief scientist at Scottish Water, responsible for their sampling, laboratory and scientific services. Elise joined Scottish Water in April 2016 following a career in academia at Cranfield University where she was professor of water technology and read more

Donald MacBrayne

Business development manager - Scottish Water Horizons

A chartered chemist with 30 years of experience in the water industry including roles in scientific services, pollution control, key customer management, waste operations, business development and Scottish Water International. SW Horizons is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scottish Water. read more

Dr Claire Neil

Research fellow - University of Stirling

Claire has more than 10 years’ experience in earth observation and has dedicated her working life to improving understanding of some of the earth’s most complex environmental systems. Her expertise includes underwater optical modelling, radiative transfer physics, image/signal processing and read more

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

Kathleen Stosch

Hydro nation scholar - University of Stirling

Kathleen Stosch’s PhD research at the University of Stirling focuses on quantifying and optimising the multiple benefits that catchments can provide in terms of their ability to support food, water and energy security whilst at the same time evaluating how read more

Lydia Niemi

Hydro nation scholar - University of Highlands and Islands

Lydia Niemi is a Hydro Nation PhD scholar registered at the University of Highlands and Island and based at the Environmental Research Institute (Thurso) and James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen). Her research characterises pharmaceutical degradation, persistence and fate during wastewater treatment read more

Ole Pahl

Professor of environmental technology - Glasgow Caledonian University

Ole Pahl specialises in wastewater treatment at Glasgow Caledonian University. He specialised in wastewater treatment and related gaseous emissions for his PhD conducted at the University of Birmingham and Silsoe Research Institute. Previously Ole worked for Cranfield University, the Meat read more

Bill Byers

Drinking water specialist - Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland

Bill Byers is a water supply specialist with the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR). He has regional responsibility for the East of Scotland for the assessment of water quality events arising in the public water supply system, incident read more

Fiona Templeton

Customer experience manager - Scottish Water

Fiona has dedicated much of her career to placing customers at the heart of the water industry. Fiona created and grew the customer experience function in Scottish Water after a number of years in marketing and communication in both Scottish read more

Rob Mustard

Director of digital - Scottish Water

Rob is currently leading Scottish Water’s technology investment & transformation programme. He is passionate about enabling our people through appropriate technology and is responsible for developing Scottish Water’s Digital Strategy. With over 20 years’ experience in the water industry, Rob has read more