Phill Mills

Job Title: Director

Company: Policy Consulting Network

Phill is director of the Policy Consulting Network, a specialist consultancy in the water sector. Throughout his career, he has gained experience in policy development, asset management, regulation and consumer affairs, from working within a water and sewerage company, a global water and energy consultant and the trade body, Water UK. He has a successful track record… Read more.

Bob Irvine

Job Title: Deputy director water industry

Company: Scottish Government

Bob is a deputy director in the Scottish Government where he has responsibility for the water industry and climate change policy.  During his career, he has held varied posts including privatising the electricity industry, planning the second Forth Road Crossing and sports, arts and culture. Following the privatisation of the electricity industry he was seconded… Read more.

Mark Dickson

Job Title: Director of capital investment

Company: Scottish Water

Mark is specifically accountable for delivering Scottish Water’s capital investment programme to maintain and enhance services to customers. Mark was formerly director of information technology and business change where he led a large programme of improvement and change. Prior to that, he was general manager of customer service where he championed the delivery of improved… Read more.

Terry A’Hearn

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: SEPA

Terry has over twenty years’ experience in the environment profession, having held senior roles in Melbourne with the Environment Protection Authority in the Australian state of Victoria, in London with the global consulting firm WSP and, most recently, in Belfast as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency before he joined SEPA.  In all… Read more.

Sue Petch

Job Title: Drinking water quality regulator

Company: The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland

Sue is a graduate chemist and has a master’s degree in environmental management. Sue started her career in the nuclear power industry before joining Northumbrian Water in 1990.  She worked in various operational and scientific roles holding the post of water quality manager for several years. Prior to leaving Northumbrian Water, she was the asset strategy… Read more.

Johanna Dow

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Business Stream

Jo Dow was appointed chief executive of Business Stream in October 2014. A qualified accountant, Jo joined Scottish and Southern Energy in 1998 before moving to Scottish Water in 2002. During this time, Jo was heavily involved in the separation of retail and wholesale activities and subsequently was appointed Financial Controller for Business Stream, Scotland’s… Read more.

Sara Thiam

Job Title: Regional director

Company: Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland

As Regional Director for the Institution of Civil Engineers in Scotland Sara works with members who design, build and maintain Scotland’s infrastructure to inform the debate and deliver a lifelong learning and education outreach programme. She chaired the Low Carbon Infrastructure Taskforce in 2015 and before joining ICE in 2012, held project management, policy and… Read more.

Dr Marc Stutter

Job Title: Lead of the waters research programme

Company: The James Hutton Institute

Dr Marc Stutter is a senior catchment scientist at the James Hutton Institute with a wide overview of the integration of soil, water sciences with environmental management. His background is as a catchment biogeochemist gives an understanding across disciplines of hydrology, chemistry and ecosystems and he specialises in analytical chemistry, nutrient cycling and management.

Professor Christopher Spray

Job Title: Chair of water science and policy

Company: University of Dundee

John Reynolds

Job Title: Chief executive

Company: Castle Water

Ewan Andrew

Job Title: International supply centre director

Company: Diageo

Ewan has been with Diageo more than 16 years and has held various senior leadership roles in Manufacturing, Procurement and Supply Chain management. He joined United Distillers Ltd in 1997 having studied biological sciences at the University of Edinburgh. In 2014 Ewan was appointed supply director, International Supply Centre. This division brings together Diageo’s spirits… Read more.

Joe Rowan

Job Title: General manager- procurement & supply chain

Company: Scottish Water

Joe has over 25 years’ experience within commercial and procurement, gained across a range of sectors including Utilities, Consultancy, Manufacturing and Petrochemicals. He is the General Manager for Procurement and Supply Chain in Scottish Water and is also a Director of Selectusonline. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, he led Scottish Water to CIPS Gold… Read more.

Maricela Blair

Job Title: Hydro nation scholar

Company: Glasgow University

Maricela is a Hydro Nation scholar and PhD student in geographical and earth sciences at the University of Glasgow. Her research is aimed at describing and modelling the behaviour, impact, and fate of micro-nanoplastics in rivers and wastewater systems. Prior to her PhD, Maricela worked as faculty in the environmental sciences programme at the Zamorano… Read more.

Valerio Cappadona

Job Title: Hydro nation scholar

Company: Strathclyde University

Currently based at University of Strathclyde, Valerio is undertaking his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, funded by the Hydro Nation Scholars Programme. His research aims to gain relevant knowledge on the environmental fate, behaviour and effects of different classes of engineered nanoparticles during urban wastewater treatment process and the subsequent hazard for natural water… Read more.

Jonathan Fletcher

Job Title: Hydro nation scholar

Company: Stirling University

Jonathan Fletcher is currently a hydro nation funded PhD student embedded within the environmental sustainability and human health research group at the University of Stirling. Jonathan graduated from the University of Stirling in 2014 with a BSc in environmental geography before undertaking a postgraduate internship investigating methods to remotely sense freshwater environments at the same institute…. Read more.

Sam Ghibaldan

Job Title: Consumer futures unit manager

Company: Citizens Advice Scotland

Sam’s involvement in policy and politics began as a House of Commons researcher in the mid-1990s. He went on to work on the successful Scottish devolution referendum in 1997 and for Brunswick, the city strategic communications consultancy. As senior special adviser in the Scottish Government between 1999 and 2007, he headed the adviser teams of successive… Read more.

Gail Walker

Job Title: Water policy team manager

Company: Citizens Advice Scotland

Gail Walker is the water policy team manager within the Consumer Futures Unit at Citizens Advice Scotland. Gail has 9 years’ experience in the water industry in Scotland representing the needs of consumers across a wide range of water related issues, particularly those who may be disadvantaged or vulnerable. Gail is responsible for coordinating the… Read more.

Ian McAulay

Job Title: Chief executive

Company: Southern Water

Ian joined Southern Water January 2017 with thirty years of global water and environmental experience. He holds an honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Chartered Member of the ICE, CIWEM. He’s managed major utility, construction and consulting businesses around the world, developing an enviable knowledge base and broad business perspective. He has extensive… Read more.

Gordon Reid

Job Title: Wastewater service strategy manager

Company: Scottish Water

Gordon has a background in the petrochemical and water sectors. He has worked across all stages of the asset life cycle including strategy, design and construct through to operations and maintenance. His current role is strategy focused, looking at asset planning to deliver an optimal mix of customer service, cost and risk management over the… Read more.

Steve Bilton

Job Title: Senior engineer and project manager

Company: Atkins

Steve Bilton is a senior engineer and project manager who has worked for Atkins for more than 20 years in its Exeter office providing network analysis services to South West Water and Wessex Water. In 2010, Atkins was appointed to Wessex Water’s AMP5 design framework and Steve took on the role of Atkins primavera planner… Read more.

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