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Thomas Faulkner

Vice President

Executive Vice President, Skanska UK

Thomas is a Chartered Civil Engineer who started as a graduate with Skanska and has over 20 years’ experience across the infrastructure sector, building roads, bridges, tunnels and water treatment works. Thomas has developed relationships with many of Skanska’s most important clients, including National Grid, Crossrail, Anglian Water and Thames Water.

Bob Taylor

Board Member

Operations Director – Drinking Water Services, South West Water

Bob is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng, FICE) with a BSc in Civil Engineering, an MSc in Environmental Engineering and an MBA. Bob has worked in the water industry for more than 30 years and has spent time in Australia, United Arab Emirates and Central and Eastern Asia.

Since 2013 Bob has worked in the UK, first as Director of Operations, then MD at Sembcorp Bournemouth Water. Following the acquisition by Pennon Group he was appointed to his current role in January 2016. Bob is responsible for drinking water services across both South West Water and Bournemouth Water, with a staff of around 500. Bob has board level experience spanning fourteen years and is currently a Director of two businesses within the Pennon Group.

Simon Cyhanko

Vice Chair

Sewerage Operations Manager, Northumbrian Water Group

Simon joined Northumbrian Water in 2001. Having ‘graduated’ from the graduate scheme Simon has worked in a number of people management roles in Information Services, Water Production and more recently Sewerage Operations. Personal development has been central to Simon’s career and he has completed a Leadership and Management degree and has achieved Chartered Manager and Chartered Environmentalist registration over recent years.

Simon has been an active part of the Northern Area Committee since 2003 where most recently he held the role of Area Chair. Simon believes the Institute to be a ‘family’ and is delighted to join the board and have the opportunity to further promote the institute within his company and the broader industry.

Ian Barker CEnv

Vice President Environment

Managing Director, Water Policy International

Ian Barker is Water Policy International Ltd’s founder and Managing Director. With over 35 years’ experience in the water sector he identified the need for an independent consultancy able to cover the spectrum from policy formulation through to practical, integrated water management solutions. And for an independent, authoritative voice on water policy and strategy.

Ian has worked within the water industry since before privatisation in 1989, when he opted for a career with the environmental regulator, rather than with one of the privatised companies. Since then, in a range of senior national roles, he developed a rare perspective to ensure that the water companies (and others) could deliver environmental protection and improvement, whilst still reconciling their wider responsibilities.

Peter Simpson


Chief Executive, Anglian Water

Peter Simpson was appointed to the Board of Anglian Water Services Limited in November 2004. He was appointed Managing Director in January 2010 and became Chief Executive Officer of AWG in October 2013. He previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the day – to – day functioning of Anglian Water, with a scope covering operations, asset management and customer services. Prior to that, he held positions within the international division of AWG, including Regional Director for Europe and South America, based in the Czech Republic, and Senior Vice President of Operations, based in the USA.

Peter is a director of Open Water Market Limited and Market Operator Services Limited, and served as Chairman of Water UK from April 2012 until September 2013.

Peter is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner. He also holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Natalie Akroyd


Head of Coal Authority Contract, Severn Trent Services

Natalie’s career in the Water Industry started during her Chemistry Master’s degree where she spend a year working at Yorkshire Water’s waste water R&D department during her Industrial Placement year. After graduating from the University of Leeds, Natalie went on to join Severn Trent Water’s Graduate scheme, and during here 11 years there undertook a variety of roles in both clean and waste water, ranging from Operations to Strategy to Engineering and Business Change Project Management. In January 2015, Natalie transferred to Severn Trent Services where she is now heading up the Coal Authority contract for the organisation that involves the operation and maintenance of mine-water treatment works and mine monitoring sites across England, Wales and Scotland. She has been a member of the Midlands area committee for 11 years and held the roles of Treasurer, Sponsorship Lead, Area Forum Rep and Chair.

Tim Wagstaff

Board Member

Demand Planning Project Manager, Northumbrian Water

Tim, a 2012 rising star and member since he joined the industry in 2008, was elected to the board in 2015 after an intense recruitment process offered to all rising stars.

Tim is responsible for oversight of the National Innovation Awards ensuring it continues to recognise the exciting new innovations created and implemented every year across the UK.  The three year term of his directorship will be spent listening and supporting members and industry innovators to achieve their goals via the National Award.

Tim is a keen rugby union fan, has a passion for sustainability and the environment, and has spent more time than he cares to remember at work discussing toilets!

Come and say hello at any Eastern Area event where he’d love to hear your ideas on raising awareness and inspiring innovation in the water and sewerage industry.

Heidi Mottram

Past President

Chief Executive, Northumbrian Water Group

Heidi Mottram was appointed to the Northumbrian Water Group and Northumbrian Water Limited Boards as Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2010. Heidi began her career with British Rail in the mid 1980s. She held a number of roles in GNER, before joining Midland Mainline in 1999 as Operations Director. She was Commercial Director for Arriva Trains Northern from January 2004, before joining Serco-Ned Railways in November 2004 as Managing Director, Northern Rail Limited, the UK’s largest rail franchise. Heidi was named Rail Business Manager of the Year in 2009 for being an “inspirational leader”, and was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list 2010, for services to the rail industry. She is currently a member of the CBI Infrastructure Board, the CBI North East Regional Council and Newcastle University Council. Heidi is also a member of the Government’s Green Economy Council.

Ian Limb

Past Chair

Head of HR, Portsmouth Water

Ian is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personal and Development and has been with Portsmouth Water for close to 30 years. Ian started at Portsmouth working in the Post Room back in 1984 and has progressed through a number of roles including finance and internal audit before moving into Personnel in 1997. Ian currently holds the position of Head of Human Resources and forms part of the Executive Team at Portsmouth alongside three Executive Directors (Managing Director, Finance Director and Engineering Director) and the Head of Retail. His role also includes responsibility for Health and Safety, Water Efficiency, Public Relations and Community / Education activities. He has been an active member of the Institute of Water for many years holding roles at local committee level and at national level sitting on the Membership and Standards Committee as the Institute’s CPD champion.

Sam Phillips CEng

Vice President Engineering

Sam is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. In 1981 he joined Ferguson McIlveen LLP, Consulting Engineers and worked mainly on water engineering projects, becoming an Associate in the firm in 1988 and a Partner in 1992. He became a Director with Scott Wilson when it acquired Ferguson McIlveen in 2006 and when URS acquired Scott Wilson in 2010 he became Director responsible for Water & Infrastructure Engineering.

Sam has over 30 years experience as a consulting engineer and has worked on a wide variety of projects in UK, Ireland, Africa and the Russian Far East. He is married and has one daughter. Sam is now retired and in addition to his work for the Institute of Water, is a Board member of the North West Zambia Development Trust and a passionate advocate for its work.

Robin Price CSci

Vice President Science

Regional Quality Manager, Anglian Water

Robin’s career in the water industry began in 1992 when he started a PhD at the University of Birmingham researching the impact of ozone treatment on algal-laden water and downstream water treatment processes.  The PhD was sponsored by Anglian Water, and at the end of his studies, Robin was offered a 1 month contract by their Innovation team looking at the biology of activated carbon adsorbers.  Almost 20 years later, Robin’s scientific career at Anglian Water has taken him through the research and development, regulatory and operational teams, and Robin is currently Regional Quality Manager, responsible for process science, public health liaison, water quality risk management and quality assurance within the Water Services directorate.


Robin’s role on the Institute of Water Board is to champion the professional development of scientists across the industry, particularly focused on developing Chartered Scientist and associated qualifications, working closely with the Science Council.

Tim Boldero

Board Member

Tim is a Chartered Environmentalist and has over 25 years’ experience in the water sector, largely with Anglian Water. He is an Honorary Member of the Institute of Water and has been a member of our Board of Directors for over 20 years, having been National Chairman in 1998, Vice President Engineering 1999-2005 and Vice President Environment 2006-2015.  Tim is a Founder Director of the Society for the Environment, which he chaired from 2007 to 2009, where he has served on various committees and is currently a member of both the Registration Authority and Management Committee.

Marie Whaley


Asset Planning Manager, Northumbrian Water

Originally from France Marie started her career with the Suez Environment group over 25 years ago and has worked in the Water Industry ever since. A civils engineer with PhD in Fluid Dynamics and a Masters in Thermodynamics, she started her professional life as a process engineer. With Northumbrian Water for the last 15 years, her career has broadened to operational positions with a focus on building expertise and leadership in Strategic Asset Management and a passion for contributing to the valuable work of WaterAid. Marie chairs the UK Committee of the International Water Association allowing her to support actively the development of young professionals and her position on our Board brings closer links to IWA and its global network of 10,000 water professionals.

Lynn Cooper

Chief Executive, Institute of Water

Lynn left her native Glasgow in 1983 with an Accountancy degree and qualified as an accountant with Sunderland and South Shields Water Company in 1987. She remained with the company when it became North East Water then Northumbrian Water until January 1997 when she moved to the Institute of Water as General Secretary. She was appointed as Chief Executive and a Board Member in December 2007. Lynn is a Founder Director of the Society for the Environment, where she served as Treasurer for 8 years, and a trustee of Utilities and Service Industries Training Limited – a charity providing grants and bursaries for education and training.