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CHAIR: Professor Dragan Savic

Job Title: Co-director

Company: Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter

Professor Savic is a founder and co-director of the Centre for Water Systems in the College of Engineering Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) at the University of Exeter, which is an internationally recognised group for excellence in water and environmental science research. He is a chartered civil and water engineer with more than 30 years’… Read more.

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Martin Kane

Job Title: Chief engineer

Company: Severn Trent Water

Martin Kane was named chief engineer of Severn Trent in August 2014. He is a member of the Severn Trent Executive Committee. In his current role Martin is responsible for engineering and operational standards, capital scheme assurance, optimisation of opex and capex spend, innovation, r&d, health, safety and wellbeing and security and resilience. From 2011 Martin was… Read more.

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Michelle Ashford

Job Title: Head of network asset planning

Company: Bristol Water  

Michelle joined Bristol Water in August 2015 as the head of network asset planning, following a secondment from PA Consulting into Ofwat as the programme director for the retail market opening programme from November 2014. She is responsible for the development and management of a fully integrated team that has a clear line of sight… Read more.

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Natalie Jakomis

Job Title: Head of data and Chief statistician

Company: Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Natalie Jakomis is head of data and chief statistician at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Natalie is responsible for building and embedding a data science capability, and cultivating a sustainable data and analytics culture. She is also currently overseeing the development and delivery of an enterprise data strategy at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, beginning with enterprise… Read more.

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Nigel Watson

Job Title: Group IS 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.

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Jeremy Heath

Job Title: Innovation manager

Company: Sutton & East Surrey Water

Jeremy Heath is the innovation manager for Sutton and East Surrey 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… Read more.

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Craig Wellman

Job Title: Enterprise director

Company: Virgin Media Business

Enterprise director at Virgin Media Business is husband and proud father of three Craig Wellman. Craig’s career has straddled both private and public, from smaller SME organisations, right through to the UK public sector, blue chip FTSE 100 companies and global corporations. He describes his role leading the enterprise team as ‘enabling Virgin Media Business… Read more.

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Richard Hynes-Cooper

Job Title: Innovation delivery manager

Company: Northern Gas Networks

Richard has 24 years’ experience in the gas industry, beginning his career as an apprentice distribution craftsman with British Gas in 1992. On completing his apprenticeship, he worked as a gas engineer responding to gas emergencies, carrying out mains replacement and installing new connections. In 1999 he took up a project management role to implement… Read more.

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Emma Harris

Job Title: Pollution strategy manager

Company: Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Emma leads the charge on pollution reduction at DCWW. With a PhD in Hydroinformatics, Emma also leads on smart wastewater networks for DCWW, these are currently being driven through the pollution reduction strategy however the benefits derived from smart networks will reach far further. Emma has more than 20 years of experience in water management… Read more.

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Mike Bishop

Job Title: Head of operational services

Company: Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Mike Bishop has worked in a variety of roles in the water industry with Severn Trent where he was director of engineering, in the contracting sector and most recently for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. At DCWW he is responsible for a range of functions in the business. Its responsibility spans across both water and wastewater… Read more.

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Matt Kirk

Job Title: Shop window programme manager

Company: Anglian Water

Matt started his career in 2009 joining Anglian Water as a graduate management trainee. Shortly after the graduate programme, Matt became a water supply manager during which he was responsible for managing the potable water supply to the areas of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In 2015, Matt joined the @One Alliance as a project… Read more.

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Dr Matt Hill

Job Title: Environmental lead advisor

Company: Yorkshire Water

Matt has worked in research, consultancy and academia in the water, organic waste and construction sectors. At Yorkshire Water Matt has managed projects on wastewater effluent telemetry enhancement, infrastructure reliability & adaptation (assessing the risk to water and sewerage networks of failure in other utility networks) and event duration monitoring. Matt now leads for Yorkshire water… Read more.

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Rachel Cunningham

Job Title: Innovation wastewater networks manager

Company: Thames Water

Rachel is the wastewater networks manager within the innovation team with more than 20 years’ experience. She has experience of both waste and clean water networks and even a bit of sludge treatment! Her background is environmental science and her roles within innovation have been to lead a suite of investigation and demonstration projects and… Read more.

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Ben Earl

Job Title: Water efficiency manager

Company: Southern Water

Ben Earl is the water efficiency manager for Southern Water where he is developing future strategy, implementing new business models and delivering ambitious water efficiency targets as part of an ambitious business plan. Ben is also chair of the UK Steering Group of the European Water Label and a board member of Future Solent. Before… Read more.

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Oliver Grievson

Job Title: Flow compliance & regulatory efficiency manager

Company: Anglian Water  

Oliver has had varied experience in his career to date starting in the public analyst laboratory environment to his current role in the water industry working on a number of wastewater and water treatment projects. He started his career as an analytical chemist/section head and from here, moved to the Falkland Islands and expanded his… Read more.

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Dr Steve Mounce

Job Title: Research fellow in hydroinformatics

Company: University of Sheffield

Dr Steve Mounce is a research fellow in hydroinformatics in the Sheffield Water Centre at the University of Sheffield. His PhD is in computer science and he has had more than fifteen years’ experience on research projects with more than 75 publications. His research combines artificial intelligence and water engineering for such applications as event… Read more.

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Andrew Tucker

Job Title: Water efficiency and affordability manager

Company: Thames Water

Andrew is the water efficiency & affordability manager at Thames Water and is responsible for delivering the largest water saving targets in the UK water sector.  He is overseeing the development and delivery of household and business customer initiatives that are working in parallel with Thames’ smart metering rollout and bespoke demand management initiatives. Andrew… Read more.

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Dr Joseph Sanders

Job Title: Community intelligence manager

Company: Affinity Water

Joseph Sanders received a MEng degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London. He received a PhD from Imperial College London for his work on the degradation of plastic water pipes. He has 10 years’ experience in the water industry and was the infrastructure lead for Affinity Water’s price review submission in 2014. He has… Read more.

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Jens Skodt

Job Title: Intelligent solutions manager

Company: Grundfos

Jens has worked for Grundfos for 15 years, mainly in the controls and monitoring area. His roles have included product management and business development and he is currently sales and capability development in the sales region EMEA. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in technology management and marine.

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