South West Area Committee

Welcome to the South West Area of the Institute of Water!

In the South West our mission statement is to be ‘Friendly, Supportive, Inclusive, Professional and Fun’. The committee work hard to implement our plans for the year in line with this mission statement, organising events about once a month. Each year we set ourselves a specific objective – our region’s goal for 2020 is to build on our work with higher education establishments and students during 2019. Our current area President, Professor Ruth Allen is particularly passionate about this, and we work hard in the South West area to provide an environment that allows us to support the water industry train, develop, respect, encourage and retain our younger people in the industry.

Our events programme, supporting people at all stages of their careers with CPD and providing excellent network opportunities, is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the area by 5 sponsors for 2019-20, without whom we would not be able to offer such a variety of events that often free to attend. During 2020 we will also be working to collaborate with other institutions in our region to deliver additional benefits to our members.

We always welcome comments, feedback and ideas from our membership to the area secretary, Carmen Snowdon, or to your local / company representatives. We look forward to meeting you at a local event soon.


Upcoming South West Area Events: 

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the related Government guidelines. In light of an increase in confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK we have taken the difficult decision to postpone several of our IWater regional events.

Our main priority is the safety and health of our members, delegates, speakers and IWater team who are at the front line in providing essential water services and as a result we cannot justify putting anyone at risk.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Committee Members

  • Jon Chouler

    Position: Area Secretary & YPN Rep

    Company: Bristol Water


  • Carmen Snowdon

    Position: Area Forum Rep

    Company: WRc

  • Ruth Allen

    Position: President

    Company: RSKW

  • Mark Worsfold

    Position: Vice President

    Company: South West Water

  • John Vinson

    Position: Past President & Treasurer

    Company: JPV Consultancy

  • Phill Mills

    Position: Area Chair

    Company: Policy Consulting Network Ltd

  • Chris Keech

    Position: Committee and Sponsors’ Representative

    Company: Stonbury

  • Euan Black

    Position: YPN Rep

    Company: WRc

  • Lewis Orr

    Position: Rising Star 2020

    Company: Pennon Water Services

  • Julian Collingbourne

    Position: Committee Member

    Company: South West Water

  • Nigel Martin

    Position: Committee Member

    Company: Wessex Water

  • Frank van der Kleij

    Position: Committee Member

    Company: Bristol Water

  • Paul Hickey

    Position: Committee Member

    Company: Environment Agency

  • Tom Arnot

    Position: Committee Member

    Company: University of Bath

  • Ben Ward

    Position: Committee Member

    Company: South West Water