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Institute of Water Announces Full Line Up of Speakers for Annual Conference 2018

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The Institute of Water has announced the full line of speakers, including keynote speaker, Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Government, for its revered Annual Conference.

The 2018 Conference, ‘Shaping the Future’, will present the opportunity to look closely at the growing expectations of customers and society with sessions across the two days focusing on areas including innovation, the circular economy and digitalisation.

This year’s programme aims to drive ideas, discussions and debates through TED talks, panel interviews and a line up of exciting, informative speakers. Delegates at this year’s event will also have the opportunity to download the very first institute of Water Conference App giving them access to speaker information, logistics and the full event programme at their fingertips. The App will also provide an opportunity for delegates to participate in a number of sessions across the two days.

Speaking about the Conference, Institute of Water Chief Executive, Lynn Cooper said:

“Our Annual Conference is now in its 73rd year and we’re looking forward to what is sure to be another fantastic event. I’m very excited about this year’s Conference and in particular the interactive element of the programme which will bring a new dimension to the event.

“I’m confident that our Conference will again have something to offer anyone with an interest in the water industry and I’d urge anyone with a desire to develop their career to come along.”

 

Conference Speakers and Sessions:

Day one

Conference Introduction

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive, Scottish Water

 

Keynote Speaker

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Government

 

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 Plc

Richard Flint, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Water

Rob Mustard, Director of Digital, Scottish Water

Simon Parsons, Director of Strategic Customer Service Planning, Scottish Water

 

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

Chair

Dr Mark Fletcher, Director/Global Water Leader, Arup

For Motion

David Black, Senior Director of Water 2020, 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 Officer, SEPA

Professor Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director, International Water Association

 

Day Two

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

Chair

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

Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Anglian Water

 

A Digital Future

Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Consultancy Services

Professor Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director, International Water Association

Gillian Docherty, Chief Executive, the Data Lab

Iain Fry, Information Services Director, Anglian Water Services Ltd

Rob Mustard, Director of Digital, Scottish Water

Simon Parsons, Director of Strategic Customer Service Planning, Scottish Water

 

The Institute of Water Annual Conference 2018 takes places on 21 and 22 June at The Caledonian University, Glasgow. To book and to find out more about the event please visit www.instituteofwater.org.uk

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