Edward Smith

Job Title: IoT analytics strategy

Company: Hitachi Consulting

Edward is an experienced technology executive specialising in the delivery of social transformation through the application of IoT, big data, data science and analytic technologies within large scale industrial and infrastructure environments. He is heavily involved in the development of the Hitachi intelligent wastewater analytics solution.

Colin Green

Job Title: Director – Water 2020

Company: Ofwat

Colin leads the regulatory design workstreams for the water 2020 programme at Ofwat, including the enablers of the new market arrangements for water and bio resources. His experience is in the development and delivery of UK regulatory policy, complemented by commercial experience gained working for a world leader in power and automation technology. His specialties include economic… Read more.

Nigel Watson

Job Title: Group information services director

Company: Northumbrian Water

Nigel has held senior roles in business and IT across a range of competitive industries for more than 20 years. His work experience includes leadership of transformation programmes for leading organisations including GE Capital, Microsoft, Travelport and Vodafone, often across the globe. He has been with Northumbrian Water Group for two years. He was initially… Read more.

Chris Offer

Job Title: Director of regulation

Company: Affinity Water

Chris joined Affinity Water in 2005 and has nearly twenty years of experience as a regulatory economist, in consultancies, regulators and utilities. He was instrumental in the successful delivery of the company’s ‘enhanced’ PR14 business plan and has overall responsibility for the next business plan. He is the lead in implementing regulatory strategy and guides the… Read more.

Ben Newby

Job Title: Customer services and IT director

Company: Bristol Water

Ben is a member of the Exec team in Bristol Water and is currently responsible for developing the customer facing teams. These range from operational, billing, developer services and comms teams as well as the IT function. Prior to this role he was managing Business Improvement and IT having joined the company six years ago… Read more.

Bob Stear

Job Title: Head of innovation

Company: Severn Trent Water

Bob is the head of innovation at Severn Trent who provide and treat water and waste water in the UK and internationally. Bob’s career has split into two halves; the first in operations management of sewage treatment and water production facilities serving circa 2 million customers and the second in strategic planning and innovation. In 2013… Read more.

Sophie Straiton

Job Title: Production Solutions Engineer

Company: Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Sophie has worked at Welsh Water since 2011, where she joined on the graduate scheme, after completing a BSc (Hons) in biology from The University of Sheffield, as well as an MSc in environmental management, wildlife and landscape conservation from Sheffield Hallam University. For the past four years, Sophie has been working on innovation projects… Read more.

Nick Mills

Job Title: Head of wastewater innovation

Company: Thames Water

Dr Nick Mills is the head of wastewater innovation at Thames Water. He and his team are redefining the future of wastewater so that the industry can exploit and manage its abundant resources more effectively, while continuing to provide a sustainable service to customers and the environment. His background is in sustainable energy and sludge innovation…. Read more.

Piers Clark

Job Title: CEO

Company: Isle Group

Piers is Isle Utilities’ chairman.  Isle is a technical, specialist water consultancy with offices in the UK, the Netherlands, the USA, Australia, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Piers was previously the managing director for the private equity fund Global Water Development Partners (GWDP), a Blackstone portfolio company. From 2010-14 he was the commercial director at Thames… Read more.

Jon Brigg

Job Title: Manager of innovation

Company: Yorkshire Water

Jon Brigg began his career in agriculture which led to a role in Yorkshire Water in 1992. Using experience gained through science, operational, R&D, commercial, procurement, fleet and leadership roles, Jon’s current challenge is to build and drive a programme of transformational innovation projects while accommodating incremental developments. Jon’s current key project areas include: delivering… Read more.

Professor Zoran Kapelan

Job Title: Head of water and environment group

Company: University of Exeter

Zoran is professor of water systems engineering and head of the water and environment group at the University of Exeter. He is an IWA fellow and chartered engineer with CIWEM with more than 27 years of research and consulting experience in the water industry. His research interests are centred on a wide range of issues… Read more.

Jeremy Heath

Job Title: Innovation manager

Company: SES Water

Jeremy Heath is the innovation manager for SES Water, located just south of London. With a background in mechanical engineering and a qualification in software application development, part of his responsibility includes the introduction and implementation of remote working systems to enhance the company’s existing working practices. Over the last few years he has been… Read more.

Dr Rahul Nair

Job Title: Professor of materials physics

Company: University of Manchester

Prof Rahul R. Nair is a professor of materials physics at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester and holds a prestigious Royal Society Fellowship. The main scope of his research is the novel synthesis and construction of application‐oriented devices based on two‐dimensional (2D)… Read more.

Dr Ivan Buckley

Job Title: Projects manager

Company: The National Graphene Institute, University of Manchester

Mr Ivan Buckley is projects manager for Graphene@Manchester which includes the £61m National Graphene Institute and the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at The University of Manchester. Previously, he was the project manager for the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), the largest centre of its type within the UK national High-Value Manufacturing Catapult Network. Originally from… Read more.

James Brockett

Job Title: Editor

Company: WWT

James Brockett took over as editor of Water & Wastewater Treatment (WWT) magazine in September 2014. His background is in business and financial journalism, and he was previously editor of Mena Fund Manager, a title covering the asset management industry in the Middle East region. Prior to this he spent six years at People Management,… Read more.

Nick Sexton

Job Title: Innovation project manager

Company: Anglian Water

Nick has worked at Anglian Water since 2014, spending his first two years gaining operational experience on the graduate scheme after completing both an MA Regional & Environmental Policy and a BSc (Hons) Geography at Aberystwyth University. Since completing the graduate scheme, Nick has been project manager of Shop Window, a microcosm of the future… Read more.

Stuart Easterbrook

Job Title: Future gas strategy manager

Company: Cadent Gas

Stuart is responsible for the future gas strategy for Cadent, the largest gas distribution network in the UK. Gas is the heating fuel of choice in more than 20 million homes, as well as schools, hospitals, businesses and industry. How we decarbonise this massive energy system which is many times larger than electricity, and at… Read more.

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