Minimising Water Impacts of the Built Environment

 Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2015

("Hanging Gardens of One Central Park, Sydney" Photo by Rob Deutscher - reproduced under Creative Commons licence)

This event was jointly organised by the WATEF network, ARUP UK and a collaboration of various water companies, aimed to bring together water experts from some of the main UK water companies with their industry colleagues in a series of presentations (water companies) followed by parallel plenary sessions (industry) which discussed minimising water impacts on the built environment.

Delegates enjoyed lively discussions and dissemination of the latest research from a range of speakers followed by an opportunity to participate in the industry short presentation & plenary sessions planned for the latter part of the event.  For those delegates unable to join the debate in person (as space is on a "first come first served" basis) there was an opportunity to take part in the wider discussion via webinar link.

The workshop topic was designed to appeal to representatives from UK water companies, property companies, regulatory bodies, DECC, BMA, manufacturers, construction companies among others.

Event presentations and other outputs are available [here]

Speaker Biographies

  Jean Spencer is Regulation Director at Anglian Water.  Jean is a member of the Board and has responsibility for economic regulation, market reform strategy, environmental and drinking water quality policy, as well for scientific services and management of Anglian Water’s water parks. 
Jean has worked in the water sector for almost twenty-five years, the last ten with Anglian Water.
By background, Jean is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

  Nicolas Gilbert, Water Efficiency Strategy Manager, Affinity Water
Nicolas leads the water efficiency programme of activity at Affinity Water.  His current aim is to implement the delivery of 112,000 home retrofits as part of Affinity Water’s Water Saving Programme throughout AMP 6, to help ensure a supply demand surplus over the 25 year planning horizon.
He has seven years experience in the water industry with previous experience covering aspects of long term planning of water infrastructure, supply demand management planning, managing Affinity Water’s Environment and Education Service and all areas of water efficiency.

Dr Stuart Ballinger, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
Stuart leads the development and delivery of Ricardo Energy & Environment’s work on sustainable water management. He has specialist technical knowledge in water policy, non-household and domestic water use, and water efficient technologies and products and their markets, with particular expertise in water efficiency. He has over 15 years' experience of working directly with the UK water industry and its customers on a range of water related issues. Stuart has managed and delivered a number of high profile water reduction initiatives such as the first voluntary water reduction commitment in the UK specifically for the food sector (the Federation House Commitment), WRAP's Rippleffect and Water Company Partnership programme which have delivered real and quantifiable water savings. He also leads the delivery of Defra’s Water Technology List.

  David Gough, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water – Project Lead.
Holding the position of Water Efficiency Manager for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, David is responsible for delivering the companies water efficiency strategy having several years’ service with Dwr Cymru in roles relating to customer service and previously new connections.  David holds key accountability for delivering Dwr Cymru’s water efficiency programme, in education and domestic sectors with innovative approaches for improved customer service experience.  David has a proven customer service background, ensuring that Dwr Cymru’s customer led success strategy delivers for its customers. Working closely with internal and external stakeholders, our future water efficiency strategy delivers against the Welsh Governments water strategy expectations.

Rob Lawson is Artesia’s Water Resources Director, with 22 years’ experience in the technical delivery, management and direction of water efficiency, water resource planning, and hydrology projects.  Rob has been a leading practitioner of water efficiency and demand related services in the UK for 15 years and has led several influential studies in this technical area. This work has advanced the understanding around the costs and benefits of water efficiency activity and provided policy guidance and practical information on delivering water efficient development.

  Andrew Tucker - Water Efficiency Manager at Thames Water.  Andrew is the Water Efficiency Manager at Thames Water and is responsible for delivering the largest water saving targets in the UK water sector.  Key roles are to ramp up the delivery of water savings programme across domestic and commercial customers.   These programmes will be delivered in parallel to smart metering rollout and as bespoke demand management initiatives – including home retrofitting, water audits, businesses and schools, and water efficiency communications, propositions, tools and advice.  Andrew is also overseeing the linking of water efficiency to wider affordability and vulnerable customer agendas. 

  Rosie Rand is Water Efficiency Project Manager and has worked for Thames Water for 10 years.   Rosie has worked on a number of key water efficiency projects and research over the last 5 years, including Save Water Swindon, Fixed Network Trials, Water Butt study, Leaky loos and Smarter Home Visits.  Current focus is on delivering the UK’s largest Water efficiency programme for households and non-household customers in AMP6. Programmes being delivered include home retrofitting, water audits, internal wastage, and engagement & communication with customers and businesses on water use and behaviour change. Previously, Rosie has worked in Water Resources at Thames Water and as a graduate environmental scientist for an engineering consultancy.

Hilde Hendrickx is a lead behavioural scientist at Unilever, a fast moving consumer goods company producing foods, personal care and home care products. She received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Leuven (Belgium). During her career at Unilever R&D, Hilde has contributed to and led a variety of projects, all aimed at gaining greater insight into consumers’ health, wellbeing and behaviour. Hilde has been involved in a range of academic collaborations, EU projects and government initiatives. Lately, Hilde’s research has focused on developing and applying behaviour change theories for the promotion of health behaviour and sustainable living. Using the latest scientific developments in psychology and behaviour change, she helps to create innovative products and services that increase the quality of life of Unilever’s consumers without increasing their environmental footprint.

Doug Clarke is Growth and Water Efficiency Manager for Severn Trent Water.  His remit includes the promotion of water efficiency to all customers in both the household and commercial sectors and leading the company’s growth and development insight.   Educated as a Geographer and Environmental Scientist, Doug joined Severn Trent in 1996.  He began his career in water quality undertaking a variety of roles in this field from testing through to incident management.  He then moved into the political arena managing the relationship with the 113 MP’s covering the Severn Trent region, escaping Westminster to focus on water efficiency in 2007. In addition to his work at Severn Trent, Doug has been actively involved in developing the wider evidence base for water efficiency supporting all three phases of the Waterwise Evidence base programme and other national studies and is chair of the Water Efficiency Collaborative Research Fund.

Garry Moore – Founder and CEO of Propelair Ltd. He is a BTEC trained engineer and accomplished industrial model maker, with full machine workshop and rapid prototyping capability. He has filed patents for 18 inventions and presented technical papers on wastewater management to the World Health Organisation in Amman. He founded the company in 2001  to develop and market the “displaced air” technology which powers Propelair. This was achieved through a series of prototypes, pilot trials and evaluation by the authorities and academic partners, which were funded by  grants and private equity investments.

Lutz Johnen, is the Managing Director of Aquality Trading & Consulting Ltd. One of the leading companies in the field of non-potable water management. Lutz is well respected in the industry and the current chairman of the UK Rainwater Management Association.
He is a member of the British Standards Committee (dealing with BS 8515 - Rainwater Harvesting and BS 8525 - Greywater Recycling) and currently represents the UK on the European Standard for rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling.
He also is the lecturer at the CIBSE Midcareer College for non-potable water management.

  Elisabeth Costa is a Senior Advisor and the Head of Energy and Sustainability at the Behavioural Insights Team. Prior to joining the team, Elisabeth spent a number of years at the Australian Treasury focussing on climate change policy, intergenerational equity, and debt policy. Specifically, she was involved in establishing Australia’s carbon pricing schemes, and the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Elisabeth has also worked at the United Nations Environment Programme and Centre for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C.
Elisabeth completed her postgraduate studies at Harvard Law School, where she focused on environmental regulation and negotiations, and water resources policy. Elisabeth also holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Notre Dame Australia, and a GradDip in Legal Practice (Merit) from the Australian National University.

Martin Shouler, ARUP is an experienced engineering consultant working in water supply, drainage, wastewater engineering, and surface water management. His specialist field is water demand management, especially in and around buildings.
With over 23 years’ experience in the field of Public Health Engineering, he has been involved in a wide range of major projects, both research (e.g. in support of the Building Regulations – Parts G and H – and the Water Regulations), design and consultancy work.  His expertise covers a wide range of public health services, including water supply, sanitation, sewerage, water conservation and efficiency, water quality, water treatment, wastewater engineering, SuDS and infrastructure services.