Integrated Water Resource Management Conference

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The 5th year of the Annual Integrated Water Resource Management Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre, in the Brunel Suite, on 14th September 2016.


The renowned conference will attract a wide range of speakers and attendees who will gather together to gain a better understanding of UK policies and regulations in water resources management, and to find innovative ways to efficiently manage the UK’s water, land and natural resources.


The 2016 Sustainable Water Conference will touch upon three main themes as follows:


  • The implementation of the Water Framework Directive within the water industry and the impacts of the abstraction reform changes and competition.
  • The water sector transformation and evolution through innovative partnerships within the main players.
  • The ways the UK can build resilience and make the industry more sustainable and cost-effective.


The main challenge will be to balance economics and the impact on the environment, whilst considering the Water Framework Directive updates and implementation of the next phase of River Basin Management Plans.


This CPD-certified conference will provide an opportunity to get the most up-to-date insights on the effect of climate change, pollution and scarcity of resources, the trading of water resources, and the ways in which the UK authorities and water companies can effectively collaborate to solve these complex issues.


WWT are pleased to host the following highly respected speakers:


  • Chair: Chris Baines, environmental writer, journalist and broadcaster.
  • Chris Hughes, Water Sector Director for Europe, Amec Foster Wheeler.
  • David Black, Senior Director at Ofwat and leader of the Water 2020 programme.
  • Tony Balance, Director of Strategy and Regulation at Severn Trent Water
  • Dr Tony Balance, Director of Strategy and Regulation at Severn Trent Water.
  • Jean Spencer, Regulation Director at Anglian Water. 
  • Jo Harrison, Director of Asset Management at United Utilities.
  • Henry Leveson-Gower, Head of Abstraction and Upstream at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
  • Robin Milton, Chairman of the National Farmers’ Union.
  • Alistair Maltby, Project Director at The Rivers Trust.
  • David Style, Economic Advisor – Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change.
  • Dominic Gogol, Water Policy Manager at WWF-UK.
  • Nick Paling, Head of Data, evidence and Communications at the Westcountry Rivers Trust.
  • Luke de Vial, Head of Environment and Resources at Wessex Water.
  • Richard Martin, Environment Agency.
  • Ross Murray, President, Country, Land and Business Association (CLA).
  • Terry Nash, Executive Director of the UK Rainwater Management Association.
  • Stuart Allen, Principal Scientist at the Environment Agency.
  • Simon Wightman, Senior Land Use Policy Officer at RSPB.


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