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Alison Fergusson

Associate director - Ofwat

Alison is a chartered chemical engineer and chartered environmentalist. She has been at Ofwat for 11 years and has more than 25 years’ experience in the UK water industry. She held a number of roles, including research, engineering design and read more

Andrew Hagger

Head of WWI strategy & planning - Thames Water

Andrew Hagger is head of wastewater infrastructure planning & investment at Thames Water Utilities. Thames Water’s assets include some 109,000km of sewerage network and more than 4,500 pumping stations, providing a critical service to 16 million customers each day. Andrew read more

Ed Mitchell

Wastewater operations director - South West Water

Ed is director of environment and sustainability at Pennon Group, the FTSE 250 company that owns South West Water, Bournemouth Water and Viridor. He is also director of wastewater services for South West Water. Ed is a trustee of the read more

Dr Lucinda Gilfoyle

Head of environmental quality - Anglian Water

Lu is the head of environmental quality at Anglian Water, a role focused on ensuring that water recycling activities do not adversely impact the rivers and bathing waters of the region. As part of this, she also looks after Anglian read more

Simon Cyhanko

Head of wastewater networks - Northumbrian Water

Simon has been with Northumbrian Water since finishing university in 2001. Following multiple leadership roles across operations, Simon was appointed as head of wastewater networks in February where he now leads the war on sewer flooding and pollution. Simon is read more

Ana Lanham

Lecturer in water science and engineering - University of Bath

Ana is a lecturer on water science and engineering in the Department of chemical engineering, and focuses on environmental microbiology and biotechnology.

Barry Sheppard

Land and contamination manager - Environment Agency

Barry is currently the EA’s land & contamination manager having been with the EA since it was created. Previously an area environment manager, he then joined head office where he has managed several national waste related projects. Barry’s team leads read more

Bruce Jefferson

Professor of water engineering - Cranfield University

Bruce Jefferson is professor of water engineering and director of research in the School of Water, Energy and Environment at Cranfield University. His research activities focus on technology adaptation and innovation for water and wastewater treatment and include recent activities read more

Dale Evans

Former director, @one Alliance - Project 13

Dale is chair of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and a member of the Project 13 Executive Group. He recently led cross-infrastructure teams in developing the IUK ICG Alliancing Best Practice Report (November 2014) and Code of Practice (2016). Dale read more

Dr Ana Soares

Senior lecturer in biological engineering - Cranfield University

Dr Ana Soares is a senior lecturer in biological engineering at Cranfield Water Sciences Institute and she is an expert on the behaviour and manipulation of bacterial communities under dynamic conditions, leading to new technologies, optimisation of wastewater treatment and read more

Dr Korneel Rabaey

Professor, department of biotechnology - Ghent University, Belgium

Dr Korneel Rabaey is head of the Department of Biochemical and Microbial Technology at Ghent University since September 2011. He is also honorary professor at the University of Queensland. Before that, he was senior lecturer and incoming director/founder of the read more

Dr Anna Karpinska Portela

Senior process scientist - optimisation - Southern Water

Anna’s background (BEng, MSc and PhD) is in Environmental Engineering, with specialization in water and wastewater treatment processes & numerical modelling. Immediately after her graduation in 2005, she started working as a CFD engineer in R&D at the University of read more

Dr Michael Gallagher

Principal hydraulic engineer - United Utilities

Michael graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He received his PhD in engineering from the University of Aberdeen in 1999. He is a chartered engineer and has worked in the UK read more

Dr Tom Curtis

Professor of environmental engineering - Newcastle University

Tom joined Newcastle University in 1994 after a Master and PhD in public health engineering in Leeds and has experience in construction in the Middle East and in Public Health Policy in the UK's Department of Health. He works on read more

Dr Rupert Hough

Head of department – information & computational sciences - The James Hutton Institute

Dr Rupert Hough is an interdisciplinary data scientist and head of the informatics & computational sciences (ICS) group at the James Hutton Institute. He oversees ca. 50 FTEs working in the areas of bioinformatics, geoinformatics, risk & scenario modelling and read more

Gabriela Dotro

Senior research fellow in environmental engineering - Cranfield Water Science Institute

Gaby is a senior research fellow in environmental engineering at Cranfield. Her work is primarily on nature based solutions for wastewater treatment, with an emphasis on understanding pollutant cycling within these complex ecosystems to enable engineering them for multiple benefits. read more

James Camis

Environmental permitting specialist - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

James is an experienced chartered waste manager with two decades working in environmental regulation. Having spent 11 years working at the Environment Agency James transferred to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in 2011.  James’s role places him as a key member read more

Josh Myrans

KTP associate - South West Water

Josh is working in a collaborative project with South West Water and Exeter University to develop and implement AI technologies. The core of this research is a project to automate the annotation of CCTV sewer surveys, using machine learning and read more

Jouke Boorsma

Business developer water authorities - Aquaminerals

Jouke Boorsma is business developer water authorities for Aquaminerals in the Netherlands. He has 15 years of experience in translating ambitions into projects in both developing and developed countries. His special interests include: solid and liquid waste management, water reuse, read more

Judy Proctor

National plastics lead - Environment Agency

Judy Proctor works for the Environment Agency; an organisation that works to protect and improve the environment to make it a better place for people and wildlife in England. This includes reducing the impacts of flooding, promoting sustainable development and read more

Justin Bailey

Head of standards and innovation - Severn Trent

Justin is head of standards and innovation at Severn Trent. He joined the business in 2007 having worked in operational and asset management roles at Bristol Water and Thames Water. He has a degree in environmental chemical engineering and specialist read more

Karen Thompson

Head of direct procurement - Anglian Water

Karen Thompson is the head of direct procurement with Anglian Water Services Ltd. An approachable and driven individual, Karen is no stranger to procurement having spent 20 years in a number of roles within the profession and became a full read more

Karyn Georges

Head of wastewater consultancy - Isle Utilities

Karyn Georges is the head of wastewater consulting within Isle Utilities, an innovation and technology consultancy. She has a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and over her 20 year career has worked for water companies, consultancies and a read more

Kees Roest

Senior scientific researcher - industry, wastewater & reuse - KWR Water Research Institute

Kees Roest has worked at KWR since 2008. On the industry, wastewater and reuse team, he works on innovative wastewater purification concepts and technology and the reuse of water, energy and components such as nutrients, cellulose and metals. His research read more

Lila Thompson

Chief executive - British Water

Lila is responsible for British Water’s strategic direction. Lila was formerly responsible for the delivery of British Water’s international services leading scoping and business development visits to a wide range of markets including Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, read more

Mark Worsfold

Director of asset management - South West Water

Mark has been at South West Water since May 2015 (having previously been at both Ofwat and Yorkshire Water). Mark enjoys working in the water industry, with over 25 years experience in the sector. He says: "This industry is always read more

Mehdi Khoury

Associate research fellow - University of Exeter

Mehdi Khoury is an associate research fellow in the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter. His main area of expertise is Serious Games and interactive visualisations, as well as machine learning (classifiers using hybrid techniques such as read more

Oliver Grievson

Director - SWIG

Oliver has been a director for the Sensors for Water Interest Group (SWIG) since February 2014. His full-time position is as the flow compliance & regulatory efficiency manager with Anglian Water Services. In this role Oliver manages the company's wastewater read more

Philip Hulme

Senior advisor - Environment Agency

Philip woks for the Environment Agency and is a chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience within water and environment industries. Philip takes the national technical lead on water quality aspects of sewerage and combined sewer overflow strategy within the read more

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Head of department training and international cooperation - DWA German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste

Since 1997, Rudiger has been head of the Department Training and international Cooperation DWA-German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste. DWA is a technical-scientific, non-profit and non-governmental association founded in 1948 with 14000 members from cities, companies, universities and civil read more

Ryan Pearson

Business manager - Grundfos

Ryan Pearson is the business manager at Grundfos Pumps and has been involved in the UK water sector for 15 years. He has been working at Grundfos within the water utilities division for the past 6 years, with a mission read more

Sam Hinton

Technical support manager - ADBA

As ADBA’s technical support manager, Sam aims to visit and support operators and assist them with: compliance, policy changes, troubleshooting, organise training or network with other members to facilitate the continued development of a high performing industry. Coming from a read more

Stephen Smith

Professor of bioresources - Imperial College London

Stephen R. Smith is professor of bioresource systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Professor Smith has 25 years of experience investigating the treatment and agronomic properties of sludges and organic wastes recycled to read more

Stephen Williams

Network protection & enforcement - Southern Water

Steve has worked for Southern Water as a network protection and enforcement officer since February 2013. He works in the industrial waste services area of the business alongside the trade effluent department and investigates sewer misuse and abuse from both read more

Steve Kaye

Chief executive - UKWIR

Steve is now CEO at UKWIR and was previously head of innovation at Anglian Water. He is a chartered mechanical engineer and has worked in the water industry for around 27 years. Steve has an MBA from City University in read more

Steve Riches

Portfolio lead bioresources - Anglian Water

Steve is portfolio lead bioresources – asset delivery planning at Anglian Water. His specialities include: business plans, customer relations, delivery, engineering, management, project management, quality, requirements, research, safety and upgrades. He has worked at Anglian Water since 2001 and has read more

David Martin

Wastewater network strategy manager - Wessex Water

David is the sewerage planning manager for Wessex Water, Chair of the WaterUK Sewerage Infrastructure Network and a member of the Wessex Regional Floods and Coastal Committee. He has specialised in urban drainage during his 25 years career since his read more

David Holden

Building services manager UK & Ireland - McDonalds

Rebecca Harrison

Strategic optimisation manager - Anglian Water

David Thomas

Strategic planner, wastewater resilience - Scottish Water

David is responsible for developing and implementing Scottish Water’s wastewater resilience strategy. His focus is on ensuring wastewater treatment processes can continue to deliver compliance in the face of a changing climate and other future shocks and stresses. In addition, read more

Steve Pitt

Model site lead - Severn Trent

Steve is a Model Site Lead in the Innovation Team and runs the new Resource Recovery & Innovation Centre for Severn Trent. He joined the business in 2009 having worked on numerous research and development projects for a number of read more

Achame Shana

Technical specialist, biosolids - Thames Water

Gavin McCready

Wastewater senior manager - NI Water

Andrew Calvert

Energy generation investment and improvement manager - Yorkshire Water

Fergus O’Brien

Environment and strategy manager - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water