Institute of Water Annual Conference 2018
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Institute of Water Annual Conference 2018

21/06/2018 to 22/06/2018
When: 21st - 22nd June 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
Glasgow G4 0BA
United Kingdom
Contact: Lucy Archer
+44 (0)191 422 0088

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'Shaping the Future'

Join the Institute of Water for their two day Annual National Conference titled ‘Shaping the Future’ on the 21st and 22nd June 2018. Chaired by Douglas Millican, Chief Executive, Scottish Water, this year's event will focus on the future of the water industry and will delve into topics such as innovation, the circular economy, and digitalisation whilst presenting the opportunity to look closely at the growing expectations of our customers and society.

Through debates, exhibits and interactive speaker sessions, the conference promises to be thought-provoking, provide great networking opportunities and create a space where colleagues from across the water sector can learn, create and share ideas for the future.


Speakers and Sessions 

Day one

Conference Introduction

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive, Scottish Water


Embracing the Circular Economy

Phil Berry, Former Director Footwear Sustainability, Nike

Dr Mark Fletcher, Director/Global Water Leader, Arup

Bob Stear, Head of Innovation, Severn Trent Water

Richard Flint, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Water


Debate - “Delivering for customers will require companies to be ambitious and innovative”


Dr Mark Fletcher, Director/Global Water Leader, Arup

For Motion                        

TBC, Ofwat

Peter Peacock, Chair, Customer Forum in Scotland

Against Motion

Jo Causon, Chief Executive, Institute of Customer Service

Alan Sutherland, Chief Executive, WICS


Water and the Environment

Sue Petch, Drinking Water Quality Regulator

Marcus Rink, Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate

Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive, SEPA

Professor Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director, International Water Association


Day Two 

Debate – “Does ownership matter in delivering for our customers?”


Rae Stewart, Director of Corporate Affairs, Water UK

For Motion                        

Dr Kate Bayliss, Author of ‘Bring Water into Public Ownership’

Jonathan Ford, Financial Times

Against Motion                               

Ian Marchant, Chair, Thames Water

Ian McAulay, Chief Executive, Southern Water


A Digital Future 

Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Consultancy Services

Professor Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director, International Water Association


More to be announced!

Please note the conference will finish after lunch on Day two. A Scottish Area event will be taking place on the Friday afternoon, this will be open to everyone. Details to follow. 


Additional Information and Booking

To find out more and/or to register your attendance, please visit the Institute of Water website

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