Philip Dunne has been Member of Parliament for Ludlow in Shropshire since 2005. He was previously Minister for Defence Procurement (2012-2016) and as Minister of State for Health (2016-2018). He has been a member of the Environmental Audit Committee since 2018, which he has chaired since January 2020.
Ian joined Southern Water as CEO in January 2017 and was appointed to the Board from 1 February.
Ian has more than 30 years of global water and environmental experience and a significant record of achievement operating in both publicly quoted FTSE 100/250 companies and privately held enterprises.
Ian holds an honours degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a Chartered Member of the ICE, CIWEM. Throughout his career he has managed major utility, construction and consulting businesses in the UK, Belgium, India and the USA. He has enhanced this practical experience with professional executive education, most notably at Harvard Business School. He has extensive experience in the UK regulated utility, construction and environmental services sectors, holding board positions across a broad range of commercial and statutory organisations.
In his previous role he served as an executive director of the Pennon Group plc and chief executive of its subsidiary company, Viridor, one of the largest renewable energy and recycling companies in the UK.
In a non-executive capacity, he served as an independently appointed member of Greater Manchester Authorities Low Carbon Hub Board and Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Change Board. He currently chairs the Greater Brighton Infrastructure Panel. He has also provided expert input to Government Review Groups and Industry Partnerships with particular emphasis on the UK skills agenda and development of future smarter regulation and environmental policy.
Lila is responsible for British Water’s strategic direction. Lila was formerly responsible for the delivery of British Water’s international services leading scoping and business development visits to a wide range of markets including Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, China and India to help companies grow their business overseas.
Lila has more than 20 years of experience driving business growth, policy development and stakeholder engagement in a variety of industry sectors. Lila sits on a number of working groups and is a member of the International Water Association UK committee.
Andrea’s career spans over 20 years in the water industry, during which time she has worked in blue chip consultancies, start-up and growth businesses.
She joined Thames Water in September 2018 to lead the Research, Development and Innovation team.
Prior to joining Thames Water, Andrea was the Managing Director, Europe for Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, a leader in the field of nutrient recycling. Earlier in her career she launched an innovation programme in the UK water industry that supported technology commercialisation for over 50 start-up businesses and attracted over £20m venture investment to the sector.
Frederico Fernandes is, since 2015, the CEO of the municipal company responsible for the management of urban water cycle in the city of Porto: Águas do Porto. His main corporate functions include strategic planning, project sponsoring, performance indicators monitoring, IT and innovation management, global budgeting and finance oversee, and institutional relationships.
Previously, between 2014 and 2015, he was a member of the Executive Board of this company. Prior to that, he worked in construction and retail companies.
Frederico Fernandes obtained a master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Porto Business School, and has a master`s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Porto.
Tom Curran is an Associate Professor and Vice Principal for Internationalisation in UCD College of Engineering and Architecture at University College Dublin. He was a Fulbright Scholar at North Carolina State University to develop an advance warning system for sewer blockages.
He co-ordinated the EU Horizon 2020 AgroCycle waste project with 26 partners across Europe and China. He currently leads a team on odour reduction from dairy wastewater treatment plants in the Dairy Processing Technology Centre. He contributes to media articles about fatbergs.
I joined the Business School in 2017 where I am co-director of the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy.
Prior to this I was based at the Bradford Management School where I has two primary roles. Firstly, Director of the University Ecoversity initiative, a whole institutional programme to embed sustainability into the research, teaching and operational performance of the University. This involved the design and build of a new £5M BREEAM outstanding Centre as a home for Ecoversity and circular economy activity.
Secondly, since 2009, I led the UniversIty’s strategic partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) as a Global Pioneer for Circular Economy. In 2014 I established the world’s first MBA in Circular economy.
In parallel I created a Global on-line Masterclass – An introduction to Circular Economy for the Ellen MaCarthur Foundation CE100 and Global Partners which ran for 5 years and attracted over 1000 participants. During this time I worked closely with the EMF to translate the principles of circular economy into multiple research and educational contexts including EPSRC and Innovate UK grants, policy and industrial sector application and c-suite, postgraduate, undergraduate and civic society courses and workshops.
Nikolai is a Senior Officer in ICLEI Europe’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team, working on issues related to circular economy, climate and energy planning and bio-economy. Being part of ICLEI’s European Secretariat, Nikolai works to support local governments in Europe in sustainable urban development through addressing these issues.
Prior to joining ICLEI, Nikolai worked as a Junior Researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna working on Material Flow Analysis (MFA) and circular economy research. Nikolai began his career as an Intern at the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where he went on to work as a Consultant for several years.
UK business director for SwiftComply in the UK, Laura is an advocate for promoting positive change across the sector when it comes to preventative FOG management and the circular economy.
Laura has over 5 years experience in the UK water sector, with broad experience from clean, drinking water to wastewater resource recovery.
Steve has worked since February 2013 for Southern Water as a Network Protection and Enforcement Officer.
He works in the Industrial Waste Services area of the business as part of the FOG & Unflushables Project and as enforcement for the Trade Effluent Department, Tankering and 3rd Party Recovery.
Steve’s role is to investigate sewer misuse and abuse from both Traders and Food Service Establishments as well as assisting in the investigation of sewer blockages, internal and external flooding, pollutions and illegal connections.
Steve has made contact with some of the major National and International Food Service Establishments to deal with the issue of FOG at a higher level, ensuring a consistent approach across those companies.
Sara Giorgi has a background in Environmental engineering and Water management with a focus on wastewater treatment and works as an energy consultant for Waternet, in Amsterdam. She focuses on energy transition and in particular on thermal energy recovery from water (sustainable heat) and its technical and financial feasibility.
One of the most relevant projects she is involved with is Strandeiland, an island where circularity is applied to both energy and resources.
Grant has worked in the industry with Severn Trent for over 30 years, currently overseeing company strategies to overcome blockages, flooding and pollution caused by sewer misuse. He has experience in enforcement action including cost recovery and prosecutions.
Severn Trent Water’s Engage-Educate-Enforce model allows their team to work effectively with thousands of FSE’s across the region to ensure discharge does not affect the free flow of their sewers.
“We need a consistent approach and agreed best practices to ensure FOG does not continue to blight our sewers.” he says.
Sally started her career in defence manufacturing writing and pricing tenders and contracts for tracked armoured vehicles.
Almost a decade ago, Sally transferred her negotiation and collaboration skills to the water industry. During this time, she has held several leadership roles within wastewater, most recently being responsible for managing the teams investigating FOG, misconnections and sewer level monitoring. Sally and her team have a clear line of sight of how their actions directly contribute towards Northumbrian Water’s ambitious goals to reduce sewer flooding and pollution.
Gaynor Hartnell has worked in the renewables industry, primarily for various trade associations, since 1995. She was instrumental in forming the Renewable Energy Association, and was its CEO from 2010 – 2013.
She now runs the Renewable Transport Fuel Association, which was formed in August 2020.
John is a Senior Partner with S’Investec LLC, an impact investor in sustainable technologies and CTO at Aquapak Polymers, a specialist marine safe polymer designed for the Circular Economy.
For over seven years, John was Head of Materials at the UK’s National Centre for Bio-renewable Technologies, before joining S’Investec in 2013. Previously he had spent over 15 years in senior technical roles in the polymer industry.
John holds a degree in chemistry and doctorate in polymer chemistry and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Directors, and European Chemical Society.
A globally recognised expert in bioplastics & the bio economy, John has also worked as: Head of Biomaterials at the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC); a Task Force member of Green Alliance Circular Economy Panel; Member of the Industrial Biotech Leadership Forum; an advisor to BEIS and Ellen MacArthur; Member of the BPF Technical & Sustainability Committee; Founding Member and previous Technical Director at the BBIA; and served on the Green Economy Panel of Leeds City region.
John identifies and evaluates innovative Clean Tech and Renewable technologies, identifying and valorising all proposals prior to consideration for investment. Water, Waste Water and Marine pollutants such as FOG and plastics are a particular area of interest for S’Investec.
With over 25 years of experience in project management, consultancies, startups and growth businesses Jackie was this year appointed CEO of Go Circular, an International consultancy assisting enterprise in developing sustainable, transformational circular-economic operations by solving environmental problems.
She is also Business Development Director of FOGTEC and her background in environmental services and products has been key to the development of the FOG businesses including FOGCheck.
Jackie develops and coordinates all in-house training programs and is responsible for the customer online FOG training platform which supports large organizations challenged by FOG management.
In keeping with the company’s ethos to disrupt, Jackie is tasked with advocating improved standards in FOG services and is Project Manager for the forthcoming PAS:409 Standard for FOG Management which is designed to promote fit for purpose solutions and improved, measurable outcomes for the customers of FOG management service providers, their systems and their products.
FOG Technologies is a group of FOG focused businesses specialising in systems & services for total FOG control in commercial and industrial sectors.
With a technology and environmental commercial background spanning over 30 years Mark has engineered sustainability into numerous sectors and has brought this experience to the problems caused by FOG.
Mark heads a team of highly experienced technologists with capabilities to deliver innovative engineered solutions. Since 2015 Mark has also led the team in the development of FOGCheck, a new, UK first and fully Warranted FOG Service integrating engineered systems, industrial microbiology and intelligent SCADA for total elimination of FOG discharge to sewers.
FOGtec is the largest national service provider with over 50 fully trained FOG technicians across the UK for the installation, maintenance and SCADA monitoring of the FOGCheck system , which is due to launch in the UK in 2021.
Mark and the team have a determined and driven passion to disrupt and are strong advocates of raising technical and performance standards in the UK FOG industry.
Mark is also Senior Partner and CEO of S’Investec LLC., a sustainability impact investment business with an active interest in water & waste water pollution, eco safe bio based chemicals & materials and FOG technology innovations.
Key work skills are: scenarios for complex pressurepipe-structures with multiple districts, pumpingstations, boosters and WWTP’s. Measurementprogram and monitoring of CSO’s pumpingstations, storagetanks and raingauges.
Calibration and validation of models. Hydrological modeling (Infoworks-CS and ICM ) of sewer and drainage systems. Prediction of urban flooding and seweroverflow-pollution. Strategic drainage- and stormwater-masterplans for development of infrastructure. Strength calculations of underground pipelines.
Specialties: Identifying and justifying cost effective infrastructure improvements for sewer and drainage systems. Solving urban flooding- and seweroverflow-pollutionproblems.
Alice and her team actively engage with and educate stakeholders on sewer abuse to prevent FOG from entering the sewer network.
This work is targeted using data and insight to ensure the intervention is reaching high risk customers. This delivers the best outcome to both the customers and environment.
Over the next year the team is growing which will allow further relationships to be built and maintained with stakeholders, to ensure appropriate action is taken to manage FOG.
Thames Water’s approach to sewer abuse is education first however where customers fail to engage then enforcement may be necessary.
Nicky joined the University of Exeter in August 2018. Her work supports research and innovation collaborations involving external partners, particularly within the water industry and waste sector and she is a research practitioner leading on policy work for the UKRI Circular Economy Hub.
Prior to this she spent 16 years at the Environment Agency working in operational and national policy roles, most recently as Deputy Director for Waste Regulation. Nicky has extensive experience working with the water and waste sectors, government, politicians and NGOs. Prior to the Environment Agency, Nicky worked for Astra Zeneca, looking at the fate and effect of chemicals in the environment.
Nicky is a Trustee on the Board of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Professor Raffaella Villa graduated from University of Milan in Food Science and Technologies, where she also did her PhD in applied biological catalysis. Raffaella worked at the University of Exeter, Stirling and at Cranfield University before joining De Montfort University in 2019.
Her research work over the last 20 years has focused on microbial bioengineering and used her particular expertise in microbial and enzymatic processes to the environmental sectors. Her current work includes: improvement of anaerobic digestion systems, bioremediation of FOGs in sewers and upcycling of organic waste for the production of high value compounds.
Collette Parker has been working on the Anglian Water Keep It Clear Behavioural Change Programme since 2014. She worked previously for the company as a Media Manager, where her interest in community engagement and protection of the environment began.
She worked as a journalist on regional and national publications before taking time out to do a degree in Drama, English and Education Studies at Cambridge University. Her specialisms included Theatre Directing and Community Arts and Education.
She was part of the team leading the call for a standard for flushability on wipes, and is now helping to drive change to protect the sewer from the impact of fats, oils and grease produced in commercial kitchens.
Phill is a chartered engineer, a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Water, with over 40 years’ experience in the UK water industry.
He has extensive experience at senior level working for a water and sewerage company, a global water and energy consultant and the trade body for the water companies – Water UK. He has a track record of working on water policy and legislation with Ministers and Government officials, industry regulators, consumer champions and environmental bodies.
Amongst a number of other current roles he also chairs the FOGwise group developing the new FOG ‘SuperGuide’.
Tony Griffiths currently works for United Utilities as Drainage Strategy & Planning Manager. He has been working in the wastewater network industry for over 37 years.
Tony chairs both the British and European Standards groups (B505/22 and TC165/WG22) on ‘Drains and Sewers Outside of Buildings’ as well as being an active participant in numerous national groups.
Throughout his career he has seen that significant improvements have been made in both reactive and proactive operational maintenance, reducing the risk of blockages and sewer flooding. Despite this there is still a lot to do to in terms of better controlling sewer networks, the discharges made to them and improving serviceability.
The “low hanging fruit” was harvested a long time ago. To protect customers from the misery that sewer blockages and associated flooding can cause we need a “UK plc” holistic approach to the improved management of FOG at source- Water Companies, FOG producers, equipment manufacturers, standards writers and legislators all have a part to play.