About Us

The Institute of Water, founded in 1945, is the only professional body that exclusively supports the careers of anyone working in the UK water industry.

We are Inclusive, Non-hierarchical, Supportive, Sociable, Sustainable

Our Objectives are to:

  • Engage and inspire individuals
  • Partner with employers on professional development
  • Collaborate with others to gain an external perspective which adds value to our institute

Our Members

Our members are drawn from water companies, suppliers, contractors, consultants, regulators and academia. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the water sector, from any discipline and at any stage in their career. We also welcome ‘Company Affiliates’ – organisations working in and around the water sector.

Our Structure

The Institute of Water is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England & Wales – Company Number 00539193 – and the Registered Office is 4 Carlton Court, Team Valley, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 0AZ.

Our Board comprises a Chief Executive and up to 14 Non-Executive Directors – all Members of the Institute of Water.

Membership & Standards Committee

Our Membership and Standards Committee makes decisions on all matters relating to membership. Its purpose is to ensure that all members comply with the standards applicable to their grade of membership and that the Institute continues to grow and flourish at an appropriate rate.

Area Committees

The Institute of Water is split into 8 geographical Areas covering the UK. Area Committees arrange a varied programme of conferences, seminars, technical and social events throughout the year.

Each Area nominates one representative to sit on the Area Forum which enables Areas to share best practice, contributes to the overall strategy and development and provides a robust linkage between the Board of Directors and the Area Committees.


The Institute employs five members of staff, based at the Registered Office: Chief Executive (Lynn Cooper), Marketing & Events Manager (Megan Williams), Professional Registration Manager (Sarah Dunn), Membership & Accounts Administrator (Jordan Maloy) and Membership Engagement and Development Manager (Paul Smith).

Our Services

We offer a range of services including Events (learning and social; in-person and remote), Professional Registrations and Publications. You can find details of all our services on this website but if you need any help then please ring 0191 422 0088 or email info@instituteofwater.org.uk