"Future Challenges for the Water Industry - What are we going to do about them?"

Date: 26th March 2012

Location: Leeds

Time: 9.30 am (coffee served) for 10.00 am start (ends with buffet networking lunch at 1.30 pm)

The Water Industry Forum’s aim is to bring the whole of the UK water industry together to tackle both the short and long term challenges faced by the industry.  This in turn will create opportunities for the UK supply chain to deliver innovative solutions to these challenges in collaboration with other industry stakeholders.

We are therefore delighted to announce a seminar on 26th March in Leeds looking at the challenges faced by the water industry and what needs to be done to find and delver innovative solutions.  The seminar will feature presentations on the personal views of key influencers from water companies, AMP5 framework partners, Ofwat, the Environment Agency and the research base. The presentations will then be followed by a panel/audience discussion around what’s getting in the way of progress? 

For more details please see the attached flyer.


  • A water company perspective – Charlie Haysom (Director, Yorkshire Water)

  • A contractor perspective – Jon Cain (Director, JN Bentley)

  • A consultant perspective – Mark Fletcher (Director, Arup)

  • A research perspective – Prof. Adrian McDonald (Leeds University)

  • A regulator perspective – Mark Worsfold (Head of Asset Strategy, Ofwat)

  • A regulator perspective – Craig McGarvey (Regional General Manager, Environment Agency)

Questions for the Speakers

Speakers will present their views on the following:

  • what the future might look like for the industry in say 10 and/or 30 years time?

  • what are the key challenges over those periods

  • what do we need to do make progress?

  • what's getting in the way?

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with the audience to help identify some of the blockers to progress.

A light buffet lunch for networking will be served at 1.30 pm.

[Please note: This session will be followed in the afternoon by a round table workshop for representatives from WIF’s Water Company Partner and Industry Partner organisations.  The output from the morning seminar will be used to inform this discussion The aim from this workshop is to agree priorities that the partners could jointly make happen].


Includes coffee on arrival, mid morning refreshments, buffet lunch and refreshments:

WIF Partners:  £45 + vat

WIF Full Members:  £60 + vat

WIF Associate Members:  £75 + vat

Other:  £90 + vat

Please note our cancellation policy - full payment is required if you do not give at least one week's notice that you are unable to attend.

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