Water Industry Forum Annual Dinner 2019

Date: 8th May 2019

Location: Clayton Hotel, Birmingham

Time: 7pm onwards

Following the success of our 6th Anniversary Dinner last year, we are very pleased to announce that we will be joined at this year's event by our special guest speaker Sir James Bevan KCMG, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency.

Sir James Bevan KCMG

Chief Executive
Environment Agency

Sir James Bevan joined the Environment Agency (EA) as Chief Executive in 2015.

Sir James has held a number of senior posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office including posts in Washington, Paris and Brussels. With a long career in government, his  previous roles include: UK High Commissioner to India; Chief Operating Officer, UK Foreign Office; Visiting Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard

Sir James has a BA Honours in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2012.

He was also made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2006 and awarded a Knighthood in 2012.

The dinner is a great opportunity to meet with our directors and colleagues from across the UK water sector and to hear from our renowned keynote speaker.

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Our Annual Dinner 2019 was a great success with attendees representing a cross-section of the water industry.

Our CEO, Peter Drake opened the evening and welcomed our guests.

Peter then introduced our Chair and Director, Dr Mark Fletcher, who highlighted some of WIF's events and successes over the past year.

We were very pleased to welcome our guest speaker for the evening, Sir James Bevan KCMG, who's speech "What future for water? Three challenges for the industry" was extremely well received. A full transcript of Sir James's speech can be found here.

Our thanks to Sir James for his words of encouragement and support for the water industry and for his generosity in taking the time to speak at our event.