Allen Bolton Award

Allen Bolton Award Winner 2019 – Peter Simpson, CEO Anglian Water 

This award was established in memory of one of the founder members of the Institute, Allen Bolton. 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. This award is presented each year at the President’s Dinner to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the Institute of Water and to the professional development of members.


[L2R] Simon Cyhanko, Chair of the Institute of Water presenting Ian Limb, Head of HR at Portsmouth Water the 2018 Allen Bolton Award.

2018 Winner

At the Institute of Water President’s Dinner and Awards 2018, Ian Limb, Head of HR at Portsmouth Water and Institute of Water Member and past National Chair, was presented with the eighth Allen Bolton Award and is certainly a deserving winner.

Ian started in his water industry career when he joined Portsmouth Water in 1984 as a Post Boy. Over the years he has held a number of different positions including Accounts Supervisor and HR Manager before becoming Head of HR in 2014.

Ian joined the Institute of Water in 2000 and has been an active member ever since. He has previously sat on the South East Area Committee, including the roles of Treasurer and Area Forum Rep. He remained on the committee until 2014 and whilst no longer an active committee member, Ian always remains available to help and promote South East Area events.

In 2009, Ian attained Corporate Membership and joined the Institute’s Membership and Standards Committee. In 2014 he joined the Board as Vice-Chairman and remained in this role for a further year following his three-year term, and served as National Chairman in 2015. Ian has been a CPD Champion and was also awarded his Fellow Membership at the 2018 Institute of Water AGM.

Ian said:

“It was over 18 years ago that I was called into my MD’s office, who told me to join the Institute of Water and that it would be good for my development. I did not know at the time how important that decision was. I’m a great believer that to fully succeed in your role you need to both understand the company you work for and the industry you work within. The Institute has given me the opportunity to learn about the great industry we work in and at the same time meet people from all over the UK and in many disciplines so different to mine. Many of these people I can now call my friends. Without this opportunity I am certain my career would have taken a different path.

I was very honoured to take up the role of National Chair but this award surpasses that and anything else I have done in my career. I feel very humble in receiving this award and appreciate the kind words from Simon upon presenting the award in that it is for “previous” and importantly “ongoing commitment to the Institute”. I will always be committed to the aims of the Institute knowing that everything I give back will always, in the end, be less than what the Institute has given me. The Institute has been fundamental in who I am today.
I met Allen Bolton on many occasions and now to be associated with his name is indeed a great honour. I thank the Institute for making me the recipient of the award. It really is a very proud moment for me.”




2017 Winner

Immediate Past Chair Natalie Akroyd presented Kathy Auld, Scottish Water with the seventh Institute of Water Allen Bolton Award at the 2017 President’s Dinner in Manchester. Kathy has worked in the Water Industry for 28years, for Scottish Water and its 2 predecessors. With a BSC in Chemistry and Management she started out as an Assistant Chemist, moving through various roles in Customer Service including creating the first call centre of a council Water Services Dept in Scotland, and is now a Project Manager within Managed Delivery based in Dundee. Kathy has been a member since 1994, on the Scottish Area committee since 1996 and has had the roles of Area Chair, Area Rep, National Chair and Board Director. She is a Chartered Environmentalist and Assessor. 2 years ago Kathy was awarded the status of Fellow of the Institute.


Kathy said:

“I am honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Allen Bolton Award. Our Institute is partly responsible for the person I have become. All the things it stands for, Developing, Learning and Networking are still the same as Allen Bolton envisaged more than 70 years ago. I am a great believer in what you put into something you will get out more and this is very true here. Over the years I have worked with some fantastic people, learned a lot and been to interesting places. The thing I love about our Institute most though is the friendships I have made – a bit like a fun dysfunctional family – and although we may not see each other often I know you are there. Thank you to Natalie for the award, HQ and the Scottish Area committee, past and present.”


Previous Winners

2016 Michael Fowle, Past Vice President Engineering

2015 Lynn Cooper, Institute of Water

2014 Barrie Light, Bournemouth Water

2013 George Irvine, Northern Ireland Area

2012 Tim Boldero, Past Vice President Environment

2011 Fiona Jehu, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water


The 2018 winner will be selected by National Chair Simon Cyhanko at the end of his year in office.