Speakers

Chris Jones

 Chief executive - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Appointed chief executive officer of Glas Cymru in September 2013, Chris was previously finance director of Glas Cymru from April 2000 and of Welsh Water from May 2001. Previous to this, Chris was director of regulation for Welsh Water and read more

Tim Render

Director, environment and rural affairs - Welsh Government

Tim leads work on environment and rural affairs for the Welsh Government. He covers policy making and delivery of environmental protection (water, waste, air quality, local environment), marine, landscape and nature and food and agriculture policy. He is also involved read more

Chair: Steve Ormerod

Professor of ecology - Cardiff University

With more than 270 scientific publications and 35 years’ experience, Steve Ormerod has been described as the leading applied freshwater ecologist of his generation for research into catchment-scale problems affecting freshwater biodiversity, ecosystem quality and ecosystem function. He has worked read more

Andrew Fairburn

Head of government affairs - Severn Trent

Andrew has worked for Severn Trent for six years.  He previously worked as a consultant, largely in the oil & gas and technology sectors. At Severn Trent he is responsible for matters relating to public policy.

Jon Ashley

Director of customer engagement and outcomes - Ofwat

Jon Ashley is Ofwat’s director for outcomes and customer engagement.  Jon is leading Ofwat’s policy development on outcomes and customer engagement for the next price review, PR19.  As part of this work, Jon has developed Ofwat’s approach to asset health read more

Dr Isabelle Durance

Director - Cardiff Water Research Institute

Following a degree in Natural Sciences and a Masters in Engineering (Ingenieur Agronome, Agrotech Paris), I worked in Research & Development in an industrial context (Danone Belgium). I then embarked on a PhD in Landscape Ecology working in Ukraine and read more

Philip Marshall

Deputy chief executive - Consumer Council for Water  

Phil has nearly 30 years’ experience in the water sector, working previously for Yorkshire Water, United Utilities and Bristol Water, where he was director of customer service. Phil joined CCWater in February 2015. He is responsible for managing its relationship read more

Peter Davies

Chair - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Customer Challenge Group

Awarded an OBE in 1995 for work in establishing links between business and education, Peter was managing director at Business in the Community UK from 1995 to 2005. He returned home to Wales in 2005 and was appointed commissioner for read more

Dr Sarah Williams

Programme manager - Natural Resources Wales

Sarah is a social scientist and economist with a PhD in environmental management from the University of Hull. She has 25 years of experience working with complex environmental problems in the public sector, consultancy and academia. She is a fellow read more

Dr Bob Stear

Deputy chief engineer - Severn Trent

Bob is the deputy chief engineer at Severn Trent. Severn Trent provides and treats water and waste water in the UK and internationally. Bob’s career has been split into two halves; the first in operations management of sewage treatment and read more

Tony Harrington

Director of environment - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Tony has developed his expertise and interest in environmental matters through leading a number of multi-disciplinary teams in support of a variety of projects in the oil and gas exploration; civil engineering; water services industries; and from within Government. He read more

Dr Gareth Old

Senior hydrologist - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Gareth has 18 years’ experience in hydro-geomorphology. He has worked on projects for DEFRA and Natural England that have involved the collection and assessment of evidence for the effectiveness of agri-environment mitigation schemes and the specification of appropriate monitoring programmes. He is read more

Chris Rockey

Head of water quality - South West Water

Chris Rockey is currently head of water quality for South West Water and manages a team of water quality scientists and a laboratory full of dedicated analysts. South West Water’s ultimate goal is to ensure it provides good safe drinking read more

Jerry Langford

Public affairs manager - The Woodland Trust

Jerry has worked for the Woodland Trust in Wales for a long time, in site acquisition and management, public engagement work and project development and now leads the team of 25 or so Woodland Trust staff in Wales. In addition read more

Dr Nathan Richardson

Senior water policy officer - RSPB

Nathan is a senior water policy officer in the land use team at RSPB and is deputy chair of the Blueprint for Water NGO coalition. He has 30 years’ experience in the water sector including working in water research, for read more

Dr Chris Satterley

Technical R&D manager - The Coal Authority

Chris joined The Coal Authority in 2016 in his current role following periods in the Energy and Higher Education sectors. As Technical R&D manager, he is involved in the development and delivery of an R&D programme to further enhance expertise read more

Natalie Hall

Water strategy manager - Natural Resources Wales 

Natalie Hall is Natural Resources Wales’ water manager, working within the natural resources management department of the organisations’ evidence, policy and permitting directorate. She leads NRW’s work on water strategy, policy, water planning, water regulation and reform, including work on read more

Dr Phillippa Pearson

Catchment manager - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Phillippa has held the role of catchment manager at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water since 2011 and is responsible for developing and delivering the WaterSource catchment management programme, which has included numerous awarding winning projects. Phillippa joined the water industry in read more

Rachel Lewis-Davies

National land use and environment advisor - NFU Cymru

Rachel Lewis-Davies is environment/rural affairs advisor for NFU Cymru; protecting and furthering members’ interests on environmental and rural policies in Wales. She is the unions’ main contact for engagement with Natural Resources Wales and with other statutory and non-statutory bodies involved read more

Benjamin Bax

Customer services director - Kier

Ben Bax is a Customer Service Director with 20 years experience, predominantly in the Utility Sector but has also worked with clients to improve their customer's experiences in Housing Maintenance, Facilities Management, Rail and Environmental Services Sectors. Ben has a read more

Mark Williams

Head of environmental science and regulation - Scottish Water

Following an academic career in marine biology and chemical ecology at the universities of St Andrews and Cardiff, Mark joined the water industry in 2000 in environmental management and regulation. As strategy manager, he developed Scottish Water’s long-term vision, as read more

Paul Stanfield

Catchment delivery manager - Wessex Water

Paul Stanfield is Wessex Water’s catchment delivery manager. A hydrogeologist by background, Paul has been working in catchment delivery since it first started in Wessex Water in 2005. He now leads a team of five catchment advisors, two catchment scientists and four read more