Environmental campaigning organisation, Waterwise, is delighted to announce three new Board Members. Waterwise – whose vision is that water is used wisely every day, everywhere, by everyone – is the leading independent voice in the UK for using water wisely, for the benefit of people and the planet. Waterwise is the UK’s conscience on water efficiency, on behalf of people and the planet, and are experts in water efficiency policy, regulation, research, behaviour and campaigns. 

The new Board Members are Jane Ferguson, Joe Cahill, and Lydia Dareheath, a trio who will bring a wealth of skills and experience to Waterwise’s Board.

Tania Flasck, Chair of Waterwise said: “I am absolutely delighted with the appointment of our new Board Members. We committed to an inclusive recruitment process which allowed us to benefit from a huge diversity of very high calibre candidates. With the selection of Jane, Joe, and Lydia to join our existing Board, I have every faith that this team will be exceptional in supporting Waterwise to realise our vision meaningfully and I can’t wait to see Waterwise go from strength to strength!”

Jane Ferguson has a track-record in branding and marketing and is set to bring her expertise to the Waterwise Board. New to the water sector, Jane’s career spans various industries including consumer goods, retail, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, and financial services. Specialising in strategy and consulting, Jane works with large global businesses with a keen eye on defining clear goals and focusing on what will make a positive impact. Jane’s varied skill set, dedication to organisational change and commercial capabilities make her an invaluable addition to the Waterwise Board.

Jane said: “I am committed to helping communities, businesses and governments to understand the value of water and use it wisely so that we have enough now and in the future. This is fundamental to addressing the challenges of climate change, net zero and conservation.”

Joe Cahill has a background in Geography and Sociology, and is a Consultant and Sales and Account Lead at Artesia Consulting. He is experienced in applying social science concepts and mixed methods data to complex industry problems. He is passionate about understanding how people use water in the home, a passion that he will leverage to further Waterwise’s vision. 

Joe said:I’m super excited to be getting going with Waterwise. They’re an organisation I’ve long admired and the driving force in water efficiency in the UK. I’m looking forward to supporting their activities over the coming period and seeing how their impact continues to grow.”

Having dedicated her career to the water sector, Lydia Dareheath is currently serving as Public Affairs Manager at Anglian Water Services, having previously worked for organisations such as Waterwise and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Her insights into the water sector make Lydia a valuable asset to the Waterwise Board as she continues to champion water efficiency projects and policy changes across the UK.

Lydia said: “I am delighted to have taken my first board role with the wonderful Waterwise. I am genuinely delighted to be joining the Waterwise family again, but this time in a strategic role. They are a truly excellent team of passionate people, championing water efficiency in a radically inclusive way and I can’t wait to support them to deliver their potential as an organisation” 

Nicci Russell, CEO of Waterwise, said: “I’m really thrilled to be welcoming our three new Board members! The Waterwise executive and staff team really benefit from a very wise, committed, diverse Board, and I’m looking forward to working with Jane, Joe and Lydia.”