Marcus Rink

Job Title: Chief inspector

Company: Drinking Water Inspectorate

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 a range of statutory and non-statutory functions, discharging the duties of the Secretary of State… Read more.

Heidi Mottram OBE

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Northumbrian Water Group

Heidi Mottram studied at the University of Hull obtaining a BSc (Hons) in geography in 1986. Her success at Northumbrian Water Group follows on from an excellent track record in the rail industry where she worked her way up through a variety of roles in British Rail and, following privatisation, in GNER, Midland Mainline and… Read more.

Dr Robin Price

Job Title: Head of water quality

Company: Anglian Water Services

Robin has been with Anglian Water for almost 20 years in a variety of scientific roles and is currently head of water quality, leading a team of scientists and inspectors working on all aspects of process science, public health liaison, water quality risk management and water quality policy, strategy and regulation. Robin is a chartered… Read more.

Elise Cartmell

Job Title: Chief scientist

Company: Scottish Water

Elise Cartmell is the chief scientist at Scottish Water, responsible for their sampling, laboratory and scientific services. Elise joined Scottish Water in April 2016 following a career in academia at Cranfield University where she was professor of water technology and director of environmental technology. Here she specialised in wastewater treatment with particular reference to trace… Read more.

Sue Petch

Job Title: Drinking water quality regulator for Scotland

Company: Scottish Government

Sue Petch was appointed as the Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) for Scotland in October 2011. Previously she worked in the water industry for twenty years in operational, scientific and asset management roles. Sue has an honours degree in chemistry and a masters degree in environmental management. The role of DWQR was created by the… Read more.

Ashlea Lane

Job Title: Director of water supply

Company: Wessex Water

Ashlea Lane MBA IEng BEng (Hons) MIET is the director of water supply for Wessex Water, responsible for collection, treatment and distribution of the highest quality drinking water around the South West of England. Ashlea has spent most of his career in the water industry, starting at Wessex as an apprentice and training as an… Read more.

Chris Rockey

Job Title: Head of water quality

Company: 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 water that has the trust of its customers. Chris joined SWW in 1989 spending 5 happy… Read more.

Dr Richard Allan

Job Title: Business sector lead: environment

Company: James Hutton Institute

Richard Allan is head of the Centre of Expertise for Waters Research in Scotland (CREW) and a senior research fellow in sustainable water systems at the James Hutton Institute. CREW leads on policy focused research in the area of water. The research agenda is focused on four main themes; drinking water quality; flood risk management;… Read more.

Dr Phillippa Pearson

Job Title: Catchment manager

Company: 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 2003 after completing her PhD in fluvial geomorphology at Aberystwyth University. She has held a… Read more.

Simon Leaf

Job Title: Senior advisor, water quality planning, environment & business directorate

Company: Environment Agency

Simon Leaf is a seasoned (old) professional having worked on water quality issues for 35 years. 10 years in Anglian Water and NRA laboratory, discharge permitting and water quality planning roles, then 25 years in national roles in the Environment Agency, specialising in the enriching topic of nutrient pollution. Simon is the agency’s national technical lead on… Read more.

Emma Hamer

Job Title: Senior plant health adviser

Company: National Farmers’ Union

Emma Hamer is the senior plant health adviser at the NFU, advising members on plant health and crop protection issues. She also contributes to the work of the voluntary initiative and the National Register of Sprayer Operators. Her role involves working closely with NFU members, research institutes, agrochemical companies, and regulators both in the UK… Read more.

Julie Spinks

Job Title: Managing director

Company: Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

Julie Spinks joined WRAS in December 2011 and is a founding director of WaterSafe. Previously, Julie had 18 years’ experience working in the water industry. This included 17 years with United Utilities in a variety of roles in water supply and wastewater operations, before becoming involved in investment planning and asset management, culminating as director… Read more.

Darragh Page

Job Title: Programme Manager

Company: Environmental Protection Agency (Republic of Ireland)

Darragh is the Programme Manager for the National Enforcement in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement and is primarily responsible for the regulation of Irish Water (water and sewage) and for overseeing local authorities environmental performance. He has more than 15 years’ experience in drinking water quality working on enforcement, reporting on drinking water quality… Read more.

Paul Weir

Job Title: Project manager, WTW performance enhancement

Company: Scottish Water

Paul Weir has more than 30 years’ experience in the water industry and for the last 7 years has headed up Scottish Water’s water process science team of c.40 Water Scientists. Over that period, Paul has been responsible for providing directional scientific and technical advice to Scottish Water’s operational and asset management teams during a… Read more.

Aidan Marsh

Job Title: Flow cytometry project leader

Company: Northumbrian Water Group

I have worked within the Microbiology department for NWG for over 10 years. Prior to this I worked for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (part of DEFRA) after graduating in Applied Biology from Liverpool John Moores University. For the last 18 months or so I have been the fow cytometry project leader. This was initially a… Read more.

Dr Rupert Perkins

Job Title: Senior lecturer, School of Earth & Ocean Sciences

Company: Cardiff University

Rupert is an internationally recognised expert of algal physiology and reservoir and lake nutrient dynamics (60 international journal publications, >1,800 citations, H factor 26), collaborating with the water industry since the 1990s (PhD with Anglian Water on nutrient dynamics and algal blooms) through to his current NERC directed internship with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Rupert… Read more.

Colin Clements

Job Title: Senior drinking water inspector

Company: Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)

Colin has been the Operations Inspector (Public Water Supplies) for the Drinking Water Inspectorate for Northern Ireland since 2006. His responsibilities include the effective regulation of NI Water through investigation of regulatory contraventions and water quality events, and carrying out technical audits. Colin has 27 years experience of the water industry since joining Water Service… Read more.

Dr Ulrich Borchers

Job Title: Department manager

Company: IWW Water Centre – Germany

Ulrich Borchers studied food chemistry in Braunschweig (Germany) and obtained his PhD in water microbiology in 1993. Ulrich has been working with the IWW Water Centre in Muelheim/Ruhr (Germany) since 1993, in different executive positions. Since 2002 he has been manager of the Water Quality Department and authorised officer of the Water Centre. He has been… Read more.

Dr Clair Dunn

Job Title: Water quality risk & optimisation manager

Company: 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 and wastewater as part of a graduate scheme. Her first permanent role with Anglian was… Read more.

Luke Montgomery

Luke Montgomery

Job Title: Water quality compliance manager

Company: Yorkshire Water

After leaving university in 1995, Luke took a twelve week contract to work as a lab technician at Yorkshire Water while he considered his options. He quickly found that contributing to providing an essential service to the people of Yorkshire was a career to be proud of. Twenty two years later Luke has fulfilled a… Read more.

Marcus O’Ceafarcaigh

Job Title: Water regulations inspector

Company: Yorkshire Water

Marcus has 17 years’ experience in the water industry, holding a range of positions, and is currently a water regulations inspector with Yorkshire Water. He has a responsibility for enforcing water supply (water fittings) regulations 1999 by carrying out comprehensive inspections to ensure wholesome water is sustained by the customer at all times. He is a… Read more.

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