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Sara Venning

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Northern Ireland Water

Sara is responsible for the overall performance of Northern Ireland Water and the company’s continuing journey towards customer excellence. Sara joined NI Water in April 2010 as director of customer service delivery with responsibility for water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment together with all aspects of service to customers. With a MEng in… Read more.

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Linda MacHugh

Job Title: Director of water policy & shareholder division

Company: Department for Infrastructure

Linda MacHugh is director of water & drainage policy in the Department for Infrastructure.  Her responsibilities include the delivery of the Long-Term Water Strategy for Northern Ireland, the Living with Water Programme tackling the drainage issues in Belfast, developing floods policy, addressing the problems of surface water management and managing the relationship between the Department… Read more.

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Jenny Pyper

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Utility Regulator

Jenny Pyper became Chief Executive of the Utility Regulator in November 2013.  A BSc (Hons) graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, she joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1985 and was appointed as Director of Energy Policy in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in 2004 where she managed policy and legislative responsibilities in… Read more.

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Paddy Brow

Job Title: Head of Living with Water Programme

Company: Northern Ireland Water

Paddy Brow is Northern Ireland Water’s Head of Living with Water Programme, which is developing a Strategic Drainage Investment Plan for Belfast that should deliver significant investment in drainage and wastewater treatment improvements for Belfast between 2020 and 2027. Prior to March 2017 he was seconded to the Department for Infrastructure for 2 years to… Read more.

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Alan Reddick

Job Title: Head of Capital Procurement Unit

Company: Department for Infrastructure, Roads and Rivers

Alan is a chartered civil engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).  In his early years he was employed as a graduate engineer in the Office of Public Works in Dublin, where he worked in both their Marine and Land Drainage Divisions. Alan has now been working in Flood Risk Management… Read more.

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Angela Halpenny

Job Title: Head of environmental regulation

Company: Northern Ireland Water

Angela has worked in most aspects of the wastewater industry since joining Water Service in 1991 as a scientific officer.  She has held posts as laboratory analyst, treatment process advisor, trade effluent officer, policy team advisor and most recently as Head of Environmental Regulation for Northern Ireland Water. She graduated with a BSc Honours degree… Read more.

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Jane Mellor

Job Title: Head of operational procurement

Company: Northern Ireland Water

Jane Mellor has been head of operational procurement for NI Water since 2009 and manages a team who award contracts through which NI Water spends around £100m pa. Prior to joining NI Water, Jane worked in procurement at PwC and AstraZeneca and in IT, teaching and financial services.

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Chris Jones

Job Title: Research and development manager

Company: Northumbrian Water

Chris started his working life in the measurement and monitoring professions as a land and engineering surveyor. He joined Northumbrian Water in 1997 and now leads the company’s Research and innovation team, which covers all aspects of the water cycle through a portfolio of in-house and out-sourced research, development and evaluation. He also manages a… Read more.

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Mark Mitchell

Job Title: Head of capital business unit & programme management office

Company: Northern Ireland Water

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David Graham

Job Title: Professor of Ecosystems Engineering

Company: University of Newcastle

David W Graham, professor of ecosystems engineering at Newcastle University, performs applied and fundamental research in engineering, ecology, molecular microbiology, and public health. He obtained early degrees in Civil Engineering (University of British Columbia) and, after eight years in industry, obtained his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona. Graham was a professor… Read more.

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John Smith

Job Title: Regulatory economist and policy advisor

John is an experienced economist who has worked in government and in the privatised water and rail sectors, where he spent 12 years, first as director of regulation with Anglian Water and then at Railtrack. As a member of the Competition Commission (2005-13), he worked on a series of market and merger inquiries. He has… Read more.

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John French

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: The Consumer Council

John French joined the Consumer Council as chief executive on 1 July 2015. The Consumer Council is a statutory body who promote and safeguard the interests of consumers and campaign for the best possible standards of service and consumer protection in Northern Ireland. John graduated from the University of Dundee with an honours and masters… Read more.

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Catriona Davis

Job Title: Chief inspector of drinking water

Company: Drinking Water Inspectorate

Catriona joined the Drinking Water Inspectorate as chief inspector from local government where she has been involved in public health protection for 20 years. Having worked both in the public and private sectors she has experience in all functions of environmental health. She led the food safety and consumer protection teams and has led investigations… Read more.

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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… Read more.

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Xavier Leflaive

Job Title: Water team leader

Company: OECD

For 20 years, Xavier has been facilitating policy reforms, in sustainable development, environment, and most recently in water management. He works with governments, the private sector and civil society organisations to adapt policies to current and future challenges. At the OECD Environment Directorate, Xavier leads a team of dedicated experts, who focus on water economics:… Read more.

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Richard Kirk

Job Title: Regional director

Company: Institution of Civil Engineers

Richard has been the regional director of ICE since June 2014, having previously been the assistant regional director since January 2011. He is responsible for coordinating support to the regional board and committee as they undertake the work of ICE locally. Prior to ICE, Richard was a senior engineer with the multinational consultancy Aecom, responsible… Read more.

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Michael McCallion

Job Title: Head of the climate change adaption unit

Company: DAERA

Michael joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1985. He worked in the Social Security Agency for 23 years carrying out a wide range of duties in various roles within the Department of Social Development. Michael moved to the Department of the Environment in 2008 where he joined the Climate Change Adaptation Unit. He became… Read more.

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Tracey Teague

Job Title: Director of resource efficiency

Company: Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Tracey took up her current post as Director of resource efficiency within the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in September 2016. The Resource Efficiency Division is the largest division within the agency and is responsible for a diverse range of activities and seeks to safeguard the quality of the environment through effective regulation of activities… Read more.

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