WIF Team Challenge for Young Water Professionals - Judging & Awards

Date: 10th April 2019

Location: Arcadis Offices, London

Time: 2pm-7pm (Registration from 1.30pm)

Following on from the Briefing Event in February, teams will now present their idea to the judging panel and audience at this event. This will be followed by a drinks reception and awards ceremony, where we will hear from our keynote speaker for the evening.

Keynote Speaker

Craig Bennett - CEO, Friends of the Earth

Craig Bennett - Friends of the Earth

Craig Bennett is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Friends of the Earth and Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School.

He has been described as “one of the country’s top environmental campaigners”, and by The Guardian as “the very model of a modern eco-general”. He has been listed as one of the UK’s top “social media CEOs”.

Judging Panel

Sian Whittaker - Arcadis Hannah Freeman - Blueprint for Water Nigel Watson - NWG
Sian Whittaker
Hannah Freeman 
Nigel Watson
Arcadis Blueprint for Water Northumbrian Water Group

Commercial & Operations Director Water Energy & Utilities, Environment Safety and Industry



Prof. Jan Hofman - Bath University Ian Jones - Galliford Try Pete Fox - Environment Agency
Prof. Jan Hofman
Ian Jones 
Prof. Pete Fox
University of Bath Galliford Try Environment Agency

Director of Water Innovation Research Centre

Managing Director - Environment

Director - Land, Water & Biodiversity



Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The overall winning team will receive Amazon vouchers to the value of £100 per person. The winning team will also be invited to a special lunch with Peter Simpson, CEO of Anglian Water. (Peter was named CEO of the Year 2017 in the Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards.)

Arcadis Award for Teamwork & Collaboration

There will be a prize from our sponsors for the degree of teamwork and collaboration demonstrated by the team.

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On Wednesday 10 April 2019, ten teams comprising of young water professionals from throughout the UK presented their ideas on The Circular Economy in the Water Sector.  The competition brought together young professionals from different organisations across the sector who had to identify and pitch an idea around this theme which they expect will be common practice within the water sector by 2030.

An independent panel of judges scored each team, looking at how well did the idea embody the principles of the circular economy, how innovative the idea was and what was the overall vision. 

Professor Pete Fox, Director - Land, Water & Biodiversity at the Environment Agency was the Head Judge.  He was impressed with the standard of the presentations and, with his fellow judges, felt that the winning team who presented on "How Smart Meters will Revolutionise the Water Industry" had met all of the objectives with an energic presentation.

The Judges awarded the following accolades:

Winning Team

Winning Team

Nicky Cursio, Graduate, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Will Hooper, Project Engineer, nmcn

Emma Watts, Hydrogeologist, Arup

Daniel Homer, Senior Data Analyst, SEAMS


Highly Commended Team

Highly Commended Team

Emma Barcroft, Process Engineer, Jacobs

Kate Baker, Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Victoria Collier, Graduate, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Rhys Durham, Graduate Scientist, WRc plc


Commended Team

Commended Team

Jenny Barlow, Flood Risk Advisor, Environment Agency (not pictured)

Tim Walker, Process Engineer, Arcadis

Janis Eglitis, Consultant Engineer, WRc plc

William Roberts, Front-End Innovation Analyst, Severn Trent Water


There was also a prize from our sponsors Arcadis for best teamwork and collaboration. This was awarded to: 

Arcadis Award

Abigail Moseley, Engineer, Arup

Laura Cole, Water Security & Resilience, DEFRA

Sarah Mortimore, Graduate Management Trainee, Anglian Water

Aoife O'Kane, Assistant Planning Manager, Mace Limited

Congratulations to everyone who took part and thank you to the judges and our host sponsors Arcadis.