Sir James Bevan

Chief executive - Environment Agency

Sir James Bevan joined the Environment Agency (EA) as Chief Executive in late November 2015. Sir James has had a long career in government. His previous roles include: UK High Commissioner to India Chief Operating Officer, UK Foreign Office Visiting read more

Pauline Walsh

CEO - Affinity Water

Pauline has a BEng (Hons) in mechanical engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. She is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland. Pauline has broad international read more

Sophie Broadfield

Deputy director, water services - Defra

Sophie is responsible for the overall regulatory system for water companies in England, overseeing the relationship with Ofwat and engagement with the water industry. She also leads on ensuring there is a secure and sustainable supply of water in the read more

Paul Hickey

Managing director - RAPID

Paul Hickey is the Managing Director of RAPID (Regulators Alliance Progressing Infrastructure Development) - a regulatory partnership between Ofwat, the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate. RAPID’s goal is facilitate the coordinated delivery of a programme of strategic water read more

Trevor Bishop

Director - WRSE

Trevor has been Director at WRSE since January 2019. As Organisational Development Director for WRSE Trevor’s key responsibilities include strategy/policy, engagement and business management. Trevor is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. Prior to his current role read more

Liz D’Arcy

Head of data insights and analytics - MOSL

Liz’s career spans gas, electricity and water sectors with a continuous focus on the capture, use and management of data to inform decisions at operational and strategic levels. She was part of the founding MOSL team which opened the non- read more

Craig Bennett

Chief executive - The Wildlife Trusts

Craig started as Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts in April 2020, with the ambition of putting a third of the UK’s land and sea into nature recovery by 2030. He has been described as “one of the country’s top read more

Toby Willison

Director of environment and corporate affairs - Southern Water

Toby joined Southern Water in November 2020. Toby has a PhD in ecology and has spent the majority of his career in environmental services. This has included international research, consultancy and policy making. Toby most recently lead operations at the Environment Agency. While at read more

Stuart Roberts

Deputy president - NFU

Stuart farms 120 hectares in Hertfordshire in partnership with his wife. A third generation arable and livestock farmer at Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden, Stuart has also worked for Defra and the Food Standards Agency and held senior management roles within read more

Innes Thomson

Chief executive - ADA

Eur Ing Innes Thomson BSc CEng FICE became chief executive in February 2016 after working for the Environment Agency for 10 years, latterly as Area Flood Risk Manager in Yorkshire and Trent areas. Innes is responsible for managing the ADA team, read more