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May 19, 2017

Institute of Water announces speakers at Annual Conference 2017

The Institute of Water has announced the line-up of speakers for its revered Annual Conference. This year’s conference theme, ‘Together we achieve more’, will focus on collaboration and will include speakers from across the water sector – including water companies, regulators and contractor/suppliers – and others outside the sector.

Through talks, exhibits, interactive sessions and a social programme, the event provides a platform to learn about and discuss a wide range of live topics for our sector.

The event opens with an opportunity to meet some of our sector leaders in an informal, round-table setting in the ‘Meet the Leaders’ session. This is followed by the President’s Dinner and Awards in the magnificent setting of Manchester Cathedral.

Opening the conference on day one will be keynote speaker Andrew McMillan, former Head of Customer Service at John Lewis. Andrew will offer his view on what collaboration is, the power it has and why it is so important to industry. Following this will be sessions on ‘The Regulatory Perspective’, ‘The Water Industry Perspective’ and ‘The Supply Chain Perspective’, featuring speakers such as Marcus Rink, Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate, Sara Venning, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Water and Neil McKenzie, Director, Laganwater among others.

The first session of day two, ‘How do customers benefit from collaboration?’, will open with Institute of Water Conference regular, Cathryn Ross, Ofwat. Following this, the ‘External views of collaboration’ session will present opportunities to hear about collaboration from different industry perspectives, featuring Geoffrey Fowler from London Design & Engineering UTC, David Hawkins from the Institute for Collaborative Working and Edward Moore from Resolex.

The conference will conclude with a lively afternoon featuring interactive role play sessions exploring some of the pitfalls resulting from poor collaboration and equally the outcomes achievable when we work effectively together.

Speaking about the event, Conference Chair and Skanska Executive Vice President, Thomas Faulkner, said:

“The delivery of high quality water and wastewater services meets a fundamental need for society, so there can be no greater motivation than to constantly strive to be better. There is growing recognition across the sector that effective collaboration can help us deliver world class, affordable levels of service. That is what inspired the focus of this year’s conference. I would love for you join me in celebrating the great work that we should all be proud of in our sector and help debate how we can be even better. Then we will prove that together we achieve more!”

Institute of Water Chief Executive, Lynn Cooper said:

“The theme of this year’s conference captures our aim of ‘connecting people’. By working together to a common purpose – delivering safe water and sanitation – we can provide a better, more efficient service to the public.

“We always receive fantastic feedback from delegates describing our annual conference as an unparalleled opportunity to learn more and make connections and I’m particularly excited about the line-up of speakers we have this year.”

The Institute of Water Annual Conference 2017 takes places on 15 and 16 May at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. To book and to see the full programme, please CLICK HERE.


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