Institute of Water Annual Conference 2018
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Institute of Water Annual Conference 2018

'Shaping the Future'

Join us for our 2 day Annual National Conference titled ‘Shaping the Future’ on 21 and 22 June 2018. Chaired by Douglas Millican, Chief Executive, Scottish Water, this year's event will focus on the future of the water industry and will delve into topics such as innovation, the circular economy, and digitalisation whilst presenting the opportunity to look closely at the growing expectations of our customers and society. Through debates, exhibits and interactive speaker sessions, the conference promises to be thought-provoking, provide great networking opportunities and create a space where colleagues from across the water sector can learn, create and share ideas for the future.


Speakers and sessions include... 


Day one

Conference Introduction

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive, Scottish Water


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


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


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?”


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


A Digital Future 

Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Consultancy Services

Professor Kala Vairavamoorthy, Executive Director, International Water Association


Please note the conference will finish after lunch on Day two. A Scottish Area event will be taking place on the Friday afternoon, this will be open to everyone. Details to follow. 


CLICK HERE to view our full conference preview. 



You can benefit from preferential accommodation rates by booking online HERE.


Conference App

This year we are very excited to announce that we are introducing a Conference App to keep delegates informed before, during and after the event. Instructions on how to install the App will be sent to delegates upon sign up. 


Don't forget to book your place at our associated conference events...

Institute of Water AGM - book here.

Meet the Leaders - book here.

President's Dinner and Awards - book here.

Saint Gobain Evening - book here.

Hydro Nations Leadership Series – book here.


There are a number of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available. Please contact Lee Hansom via or on 01914220088 to find out more. 


Additional Information

  • To book your attendance please click the 'Book Now' button located at the top & bottom of this page.
  • If you are having difficulty booking, or would like to amend or cancel your booking please contact Lucy Archer on 0191 422 0088.
  • If your company is paying for your attendance, please raise a purchase order number and forward this along with any further billing details to
Event Cost
Rates for this event (Inc VAT)
Full Conference (Member Rate) £480.00
Full Conference (Non-Member Rate) £576.00
Day Rate (Member Rate) £300.00
Day Rate (Non-Member Rate) £396.00
Full Conference (Retired/Student Rate) £228.00
Day Rate (Retired/Student Rate) £138.00
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Event Details

Glasgow Caledonian University


June 21st 2018

June 22nd 2018

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