Book your ticket for Waterwise 2021 Digital Conference

This year’s Waterwise Conference ‘Mainstreaming water efficiency: averting a UK water crisis’ will be held digitally from 15th to 19th March 2021.

The Annual Waterwise Conference has been the major national water efficiency event in the UK since 2007. Environment Agency Chief Executive Sir James Bevan opened the 2019 conference with his now infamous ‘Jaws of Death’ speech, and the Waterwise Conference was all over the national news! In 2020 due to Covid-19 we migrated our conference into our very first digital event, which was hugely successful, with hundreds of delegates and some great speakers and discussions.

We are continuing with the digital format for the 2021 conference and the theme this year will be Mainstreaming Water Efficiency: averting a UK water crisis. Reflecting the critical role of water efficiency in both mitigating and adapting to the climate emergency, as well as to the environment and right across society and the economy, we’re pushing for it to take its rightful place in the heart of those discussions!

Conference sessions will look at the role of Ambition, Housing, People and Comms, Business, Energy and Net Zero, and Environment in Mainstreaming Water Efficiency. Sessions will last two hours, from 10am – 12 noon on Monday to Friday plus 1 – 3pm on Thursday.

As well as key contributions from water companies across the UK, we are delighted to announce a wide variety of high-level speakers, including

    • Terry A’Hearn – Chief Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
    • Kerry Anderson – Principle Scientific Officer, Northern Ireland Environment Agency
    • Tom Andrewartha – Northumbrian Water and Chair, Water and Energy Task and Finish Group, UK Water Efficiency Strategy Steering Group
    • David Black – Chief Regulation Officer, Ofwat
    • Sophie Broadfield – Deputy Director, Water Services, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    • Baroness Brown of Cambridge – Deputy Chair, Climate Change Committee and Chair, Adaptation Committee
    • Emma Clancy – Chief Executive, Consumer Council for Water
    • Christine Colvin – Director for Partnerships and Communications, The Rivers Trust
    • Jess Cook – Project Development Manager (Water Poverty), National Energy Action
    • Holly Corns – South West Water and Chair, Water Efficiency Sub-group, Retailer Wholesaler Group
    • David Dangerfield – Director of Water, Land and Biodiversity, Environment Agency
    • Lucy Darch – Chief Executive, Wave
    • Susan Davy – Chief Executive, South West Water
    • David Denny – Futures and Sustainability Manager, Horticultural Trades Association
    • Ben Earl – Director of Sustainability, Energy and Water Efficiency, Skewb
    • Brianna Francis – Environmental and Climate Justice Activist
    • James Gibbard – Head of Sales, Methven
    • Tom Heap – Science, environment and rural affairs broadcaster, on Countryfile, Costing the Earth and Panorama
    • Claire Hoolohan – Research Fellow, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester
    • Stephanie Hurry – Head of Water Efficiency Engagement, Waterwise
    • Ciara Jagger – Communications Manager, Bathroom Manufacturers Association
    • Noeleen Keane – Freelance Energy Consultant
    • Natalie Lamb – Institute of Water East Rising Star 2020
    • John Lillistone – Director of Utilities, Arqiva
    • Dene Marshallsay – Director, Artesia
    • Brian McCarthy – Economic Demand Manager, Scottish Water
    • Christine McGourty – Chief Executive, Water UK
    • Sarah McMath – Chief Executive, MOSL
    • Zunaira Malik – Programme Manager at Action for Conservation and Climate and Environmental Justice Campaigner
    • Maria Manidaki – Net Zero Lead/Principal Water Investment Planner, Mott MacDonald
    • Kate Marx – Campaigns and Social Research Manager, Waterwise
    • Alison Murphy – SES Water and member, Leaky Loos Task and Finish Group, UK Water Efficiency Strategy Steering Group
    • Rose O’Neill – Waterwise Board Member and Principal Scientist (People and Nature), Natural England
    • Clare Pillman – Chief Executive, Natural Resources Wales
    • Luke Pollard MP – Shadow Environment Secretary
    • Niki Roach – President, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
    • Stuart Roberts – Deputy President, National Farmers Union
    • Nicci Russell – Managing Director, Waterwise
    • Alan Sutherland – Chief Executive, Water Industry Commission for Scotland
    • Andrew Tucker – Thames Water and Chair, Leaky Loos Task and Finish Group, UK Water Efficiency Strategy Steering Group
    • Di West – Personal and Leadership Coach, Lofty Giraffe Coaching
    • Eifiona Williams – Head of Water Branch, Welsh Government
    • Paul Wyse – Flood Resilience Manager, Department for Education

and session chairs including Peter Davies – Chair, Welsh Water’s Customer Challenge Group, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and the Size of Wales charity; Jules Florey – Biodiversity Delivery Manager, South West Water; Daniel Johns – Anglian Water and Chair, UK Water Efficiency Strategy Steering Group; Karma Loveday – Waterwise Board Member and Editor, The Water Report.

Tickets are free for all Waterwise Supporters, higher tier Affiliates, government and regulatory stakeholders. All Supporters and higher tier Affiliates have been sent an invitation with links to register for free. All other delegate tickets are just £50 plus VAT. (If you are a government or regulatory stakeholder, please contact for your free space.)

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Book your tickets asap before they sell out as they did last year!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Waterwise Conference.


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Our Sponsors

Head Sponsor

Come rain or shine, saving water makes sense. By being water smart you can save money off your water bill and help protect the environment. The average person in our region uses 143 litres of water in a day, by the end of 2025 we want to get that down to 128 litres. Small changes in water use, avoiding waste, can make a big difference when multiplied by the 1.7 million people we serve.

Silver Sponsor

Arqiva is at the heart of the broadcast and utilities sectors in the UK and beyond, providing critical communications infrastructure and media services.

We are the only supplier of national terrestrial television and radio broadcasting services in the UK, consistently delivering digital TV, analogue and digital radio to people in all four corners of the country. We distribute over 1,000 channels internationally using our fibre and satellite infrastructure. Our advanced, secure and dedicated networks are also supporting the management of critical data for a range of smart metering networks in the energy and water sectors.

Silver Sponsor

Established for over 130 years Methven is a global manufacturer of beautifully designed, innovative and award winning showers, taps and valves. Methven hold three of six worldwide patents for showering technology and are committed to conserving energy and water. Its innovative shower technologies are all optimised at 9 litres per minute without any compromise on performance.

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