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Institute of Water President’s Dinner and Awards 2018 – Sponsored by Morrison

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Professionals from across the water sector came together to celebrate a year of success and innovation.

The Institute of Water’s President’s Dinner and Awards – a formal dinner event sponsored by Morrison Utility Services and Morrison Data Services – is the most prestigious social event of the year for its members and partners.

Held on the 21st June, nine awards were handed out to individuals and organisations, who have demonstrated excellence in development, outstanding performance and innovation.
This year the Dinner was hosted by newly-elected President, Douglas Millican, Chief Executive of Scottish Water, and set within the splendour of Glasgow City Chambers.
Guests enjoyed a three-course meal, drinks and entertainment amongst water sector peers, friends and colleagues.

The Institute of Water continued their support of WaterAid by hosting a raffle which raised a fantastic £2225.00 for the charity.

The Institute of Water and WaterAid would like to thank the generous guests and the companies who donated prizes for the raffle; McCrae Training, Morrison Utility Services and Morrison Data Services, Z-Tech Control Systems, Portsmouth Water, CABWI, RPS Group, Linesearchbeforeudig Ltd, Kier Group and Stonbury.

The Awards

The Institute of Water National Innovation Awards, Allen Bolton Award, Outstanding Area Committee of the Year and President’s Cup were presented along with our annual Continuing Professional Development Award and an Outstanding Achievement Award from WaterAid.

Energy and Utility Skills and CABWI presented three awards; Water Industry Skills Champion Award for 2018, Water Industry Skills Employer of the Year for 2018 and Water Industry Training Organisations of the Year for 2018.

The President’s Dinner once again hosted the National Innovation Awards, sponsored by global water, waste and energy management group, Veolia. These awards shine a light on the many innovative companies within the water sector to demonstrate their excellence, and are part of the effort the Institute of Water is making to promote the right cultural environment and encourage pride in the sector.

You can read more about the Innovation Awards here.

Institute of Water Continuing Professional Development Award
Presented by Lynn Cooper, Chief Executive of the Institute of Water

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one of the components of a successful career and our Corporate Members have given an undertaking to maintain their competence throughout their career. Each year we ask a sample of those members for evidence of their CPD and the best submissions are considered for our Annual CPD Award which is also open to members of any professional body to enter.

WINNER: Ben Tam, Isle Utilities<
RUNNERS UP: Phillippa Pearson, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Gemma Williams, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Institute of Water Allen Bolton Award
Presented by Simon Cyhanko, National Chair, Institute of Water

Allen Bolton was the founder member of the Institute of Water. Allen spent a lifetime in the service of the water industry and served in every office of the Institute at some point in his long career. Allen retained his keen interest in the Institute of Water well into retirement and attended every Conference and AGM until Nottingham in 2007, when he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Allen died in 2011 and this Award has been established in memory of him and in recognition of all that he did for the industry and the Institute.

WINNER: Ian Limb, Head of HR, Portsmouth Water, former Board Member and former Chair of the Institute of Water

Outstanding Area Committee of the Year
Presented by Simon Cyhanko, National Chair, Institute of Water

This award recognises the effort and outstanding commitment from an Area whilst, at the same time, recognising and thanking all Areas for their work and dedication.

WINNER: Scottish Area Committee

Institute of Water President’s Cup
Presented by Douglas Millican, President, Institute of Water and Chief Executive, Scottish Water

The Institute of Water has built its foundations on the professionalism of its members and the passionate commitment of the eight volunteer Area Committees who run the regional activities.
By giving their personal time and energy, they create unique opportunities for Institute of Water members to see behind the scenes in the industry and to have access to the very best people in the sector.
The President’s Cup recognises that commitment and is awarded to the Area with largest percentage increase in members from one National AGM to the next.

WINNER: South West Area

WaterAid 2018 Award for Outstanding Commitment
Presented by Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Campaigns, WaterAid

This special award is to celebrate exceptional commitment to transforming lives by improving access to safe water in the world’s poorest communities and is presented to a person who has shown outstanding commitment to WaterAid in terms of influencing and fundraising, both within their company and individually.<

WINNER: Dr Tony Ballance, Director, Strategy and Regulation, Severn Trent Water

Water Industry Skills Champion Award for 2018

Presented by Graham Saul, Chair of CABWI and Nick Ellins, Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills
This award is given to an inspirational skills champion, who has made a tangible difference in supporting skills and people development in the water and wastewater sector. Their achievements promote a resilient, inclusive, diverse and sustainable workforce and encourage better long-term outcomes for their organisation, the sector and wider society. The award recognises individuals who seek to directly enhance the lives and professional development of others, and do so over and above their day-to-day duties, whilst remaining directly relevant for the industry’s environment.
The skills champion will be recognised as an ambassador for the betterment of the sector and have a high level of respect among colleagues and peers.
WINNER: Shirley Campbell, Director for People, Scottish Water
Water Industry Skills Employer of the Year for 2018
Presented by Graham Saul, Chair of CABWI and Nick Ellins, Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills
This award is given to an organisation that pro-actively and passionately champions a skilled, motivated and highly qualified workforce to make a tangible difference in the water and wastewater sector. The nominees have a business approach that visibly attracts, develops and retains talent whilst being an employer of choice. The award is presented to an organisation that has shown consistent and credible recruitment and employment approaches, including promoting the sector as a career opportunity to a wide, inclusive and diverse workforce.
The companies shortlisted ‘with merit’ were: United Utilities, South West Water, Severn Trent Water and Northumbrian Water Group.
WINNER: Northumbrian Water Group
Water Industry Training Organisations of the Year for 2018
Presented by Graham Saul, Chair of CABWI and Nick Ellins, Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills
This award is given to an organisation that pro-actively and passionately champions the provision of training to make a tangible difference in the water and wastewater sector. The nominees have a progressive and committed approach to delivering high quality training and assessment provision.
The award is presented to an organisation that has shown a commitment to providing a consistent experience of training and assessment to candidates in the water sector and attained a high level of respect amongst its peers and relevant stakeholders.
WINNER: Utility and Construction Training Ltd and McCrae Training Ltd