Jean Spencer

Chair - National Water Resources Framework

Jean Spencer is independent chair of the new National Water Resources Framework steering group, having recently left Anglian Water after 14 years as a director. Spencer has held strategic growth and resilience role since April 2017, and before that served read more

Paul Hickey

Managing director - RAPID

Paul Hickey is deputy director of water resources at the Environment Agency. He is responsible for the protection and improvement of the natural environment. This remit includes oversight of water quality planning, the regulation of water discharge activities and the read more

Yvette de Garis

Head of environmental engagement - Thames Water

Yvette de Garis joined Thames Water in 1989 and has taken on a new role as head of environmental engagement in 2019. She is responsible for engagement with the many and varied environmental NGO’s in the Thames Water area and read more

Patric Bulmer

Head of water resources and environment - Bristol Water

Patric Bulmer is the head of water resources and environment at Bristol Water and is responsible for the overall environmental performance of the business, including water resource management, catchment protection programmes, energy management and biodiversity. Patric is a Chartered Environmentalist read more

Alice Elder

Water quality strategy manager - Affinity Water

Alice has been a process engineer in the water industry for more than 10 years; she spent the first part of her career working at Mott MacDonald, carrying out water projects for clients both in the UK and overseas. She read more

Ben Earl

Head of water efficiency - Southern Water

Ben Earl is the Water Efficiency Manager for Southern Water where he is developing future strategy, implementing new business models and delivering ambitious water efficiency targets. Ben is working with business, NGOs and the UK government to change the way read more

Clair Dunn

Head of water quality - 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

Geoff Darch

Water resources strategy manager - Anglian Water

Geoff Darch is water resources strategy manager at Anglian Water, responsible for the company’s Water Resources Management Plan, Drought Plan and associated investment planning. This involves balancing security of supply, cost and environment over the short and long-term in the read more

Isobel Bishop

Freshwater scientist and research manager - Earthwatch Europe

Dr Isabel Bishop is a freshwater scientist and research manager at Earthwatch. Her research focuses on the impacts of long-term changes in water quality on trophic structure in freshwater ecosystems. Her published research combines water chemistry monitoring and contemporary ecological read more

Jodie Le Marquand

Information and policy coordinator - Wildlife and Countryside Link

Jodie manages Link's Wildlife Crime working group and Blueprint for Water group focusing on freshwater policy, including advising, supporting and facilitating the groups’ activities.

Marcus Rink

Chief inspector - DWI

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

Natalie LeBrun

Policy officer - RSPB

Natalie currently works in land use policy at RSPB (working on water company engagement and place based projects). Prior to that she worked as a farmland advisor in the Norfolk Broads, and project manager on the Humber Estuary (both RSPB). read more

Paul Hammett

National specialist (water resources) - NFU

Food security goes hand-in-hand with water security and Paul’s role is recognition of the challenges facing farmers and growers as they seek a fair share of water for food production. Paul has worked for the NFU for more than 30 read more

Paul Leinster

Professor of environmental assessment - Cranfield University

Professor Paul Leinster CBE chairs the partnership group of the government funded Local Natural Capital Plan for the Ox Cam Arc and is a member of the Ox Cam Arc Environment Group. He was appointed to a chair in environmental read more

Robin Price

Managing director - Water Resources East

Robin is managing director at Water Resources East. He was with Anglian Water for almost 20 years in a variety of scientific roles, most recently as head of water quality, leading a team of scientists and inspectors working on all read more

Sophie Tremolet

Water security director - Europe - The Nature Conservancy

Sophie is water security director for Europe at The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation NGO ( She is an economist with more than 20-year experience in the water sector. Prior to TNC, she was a consultant advising utilities, development banks, read more

Steven Loiselle

Senior research manager - Earthwatch Europe

Dr Steven Loiselle is a senior research manager at Earthwatch and an associate professor at the University of Siena (Italy). He has led international research projects on Mediterranean coastal lakes, Great Lakes in Africa, wetlands in the Paraná delta and read more

Susan Twining

Chief land use policy advisor - CLA

Susan Twining is the chief land use policy adviser at the CLA and manages its land use policy team. This focuses on the big policy issues affecting agriculture, forestry and the environment and on-going policy areas include Basic Payment Scheme, read more

Alison Murphy

Water strategy manager - SES Water

Alison Murphy is water strategy manager at SES Water, responsible for the company’s water resources and demand management plans. An environmental scientist, she started with SES over 20 years ago in the network operations team. Currently, her main focus is read more