Speakers

Ryan Pearson

Business manager, water utility - Grundfos

Ryan Pearson, business manager at Grundfos Pumps, 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 to create value read more

Sharon Darcy

Director - Sustainability First

Sharon is director of think tank, Sustainability First, where she set up the New Energy and Water Public Interest Network (‘New-Pin’). She is a board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), a member of the UK Regulators Network expert read more

Dr Yongqiang Liu

Lecturer in environmental engineering - University of Southampton

Dr Yongqiang Liu is a lecturer in environmental engineering within engineering and the environment at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on sustainable wastewater treatment with concerns of greenhouse gas emission, water quality, nutrient and energy recovery, and reuse read more

Yvonne Mwende Lefler

Principal civil engineer - Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Mwende Lefler began her career with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2007. She has served in the process design group which plans, designs, bids, and supports post-award construction work for capital improvement projects at the district’s read more

Ruth Barden

Director of environmental strategy - Wessex Water

Ruth is the director of environmental strategy at Wessex Water leading on catchment based approaches, environmental planning, biodiversity and delivery of the Water Framework Directive, including the Chemical Investigations Programmes. She has worked at Wessex Water for more than 10 read more

Mathew Davis

Technical advisor - Environment Agency

Mat Davis is a soil scientist with the Environment Agency with a lead on materials to land. Before taking this role in 2002, Mat joined the former Anglian region in 1999 to implement the contaminated land regime. With a degree read more

Mark Livingstone

Head of regulation - NIEA

Mark has been the head of regulation at the Northern Ireland Environment Agency since June 2016. In this role he deals with regulation, compliance and enforcement issues associated with the water environment from industry, utilities and domestic properties, and leads read more

Andy Drinkwater

Sewerage operations expert - WRC Plc

Andy has over 30 years’ of wastewater experience, working in the UK and overseas. He has traditional sewerage planning, design and construction experience as well as a wealth of research and design knowledge. Andy specialises in sewerage operations and related read more

Allan Mason

Water operations team leader - Scottish Water

Allan joined Scottish Water in November 2009 as a graduate trainee. Since then he has worked his was up to become the operations team leader, and the project manager for the sustainable communities project. This programme had up to £450,000 read more

Jonathan Jones

Senior environment officer - Natural Resources Wales

Jonathan Jones is a senior environment officer, working for the Swansea natural resource management team at Natural Resources Wales. Jonathan has worked with NRW and its predecessor, Environment Agency Wales for more than 18 years. His role as a technical read more

Elvira Gabos

FOG & unflushables manager - Southern Water

Elvira Gabos is Project Manager at Southern Water. She and her team are driving a customer educational and pro-active sewer maintenance project related to fat, oil, greases and unflushables with the aim to prevent sewer blockages, floodings and pollutions to read more

Evina Katsou

Senior lecturer - Brunel University

Dr Evina Katsou is a senior lecturer and course director of the Water Engineering MSc at Brunel University, London. She is leading the Water Lab at Brunel University consisting of 6 PhD students and 3 post-doctoral students. Her research activities read more

Imogen Brown

Head of wastewater networks - Welsh Water

Imogen Brown is head of wastewater networks at Welsh Water. She is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the 36,000km of sewers and drains that are owned by Welsh Water. This involves dealing with around 50,000 customer contacts a read more

Kees Roest

Senior scientific researcher- industry, wastewater and reuse - KWR Watercycle 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

Paul Tipper

Head of wastewater strategy - United Utilities

Paul joined United Utilities from Leeds University and started on the graduate scheme in 2000, since then Paul has undertaken a number of leadership roles across the business. Most notably as Wastewater Asset Manager for the Ribble catchment, Regional Trade read more

Peter Vale

Technical lead- innovation - Severn Trent

Pete is the technical innovation lead in Severn Trent Water’s environmental R&D team. He has a degree in environmental science from the University of Sheffield and a masters degree in water and wastewater engineering from Cranfield University. Pete has been read more

Martyn Hopkinson

Operations director - Future Water Association

After 30+ years in the water & wastewater sector, Martyn Hopkinson is now an independent consultant working with a number of companies across the water sector, specialising in procurement, business development and innovation, working with start-ups and SMEs to bring read more

Phil Marshall

Deputy chief executive - CCWater

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 with 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

Dr Eve Germain-Cripps

Wastewater process innovation manager - Thames Water

Eve is the wastewater process innovation manager at Thames Water. She is a chemical engineer with a PhD in wastewater treatment from Cranfield University. She has worked in the Thames Water innovation team for over 10 years where her work read more