Speaker Line Up for 2009 IWO Conference Announced

Posted: Friday 23rd January 2009

A number of high profile figures from the UK Water Industry have been confirmed to speak at the IWO Annual Conference 2009 as the theme ‘Climate Change – Our Role in a Global Crisis’ is debated.

MikeKeil,Head of the Climate Change Policy Team at OFWAT will discuss the Regulator’s position on climate change.Jacob Tomkinsthe Director of Waterwise will examine their role in promoting water efficiency. Waterwise is the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK focused on decreasing water consumption by 2010 and building the evidence base for large scale water efficiency.

Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Water Tony Smith, will be asking whether customers foot the bill for climate change. Tony will consider customers receptiveness to doing their ‘bit’ on climate change, and will ask the question: ‘What should happen next’? The Consumer Council for Water makes sure the consumers’ collective voice is heard in the water debate and that consumers are at the heart of the water industry’s thinking.

Andy Wales,Group Head of Sustainable Development at SABMiller - one of the world's leading brewers that operates across six continents will be exploring a global approach to corporate water management in a changing climate.

Other confirmed speakers include:

John Cuthbert(Chief Executive of Northumbrian Water)

Kevin Whiteman(Chief Executive ofYorkshireWater)

Trevor Bishop(Head of Water Resources, The Environment Agency)

Charles Ainger(Head of Sustainable Development,MWH)

George Archibald(Director,Information & Performance Services)

Jack Carnell, the incoming IWO President and Managing Director of South Staffordshire Water plc will chair this year’s conference:

"The Water Industry is responsible for around 2% of UK carbon dioxide emissions - largely the result of our energy consumption. As practitioners we have a huge responsibility and a real opportunity; from water efficiency and renewables through to capital investment, innovation and procurement practice. This Conference will present and debate what we have done, what we are doing and what we have yet to do.”

The IWO Conference will take place from Thursday 23 April – Saturday 25 April 2009 at the Sage Gateshead.

The IWO Conference is renowned for its full and exciting social programme. Delegates will be welcomed to the North East on a sightseeing cruise down the River Tyne, and a site visit has been planned to the famous visitor attraction Alnwick Garden. The Business Skills Awards for the Water Industry 2009 will also be presented in a prestigious ceremony in the Grand Hall at the Discovery Museum during the IWO President’s Dinner.

Full delegate places are available from £399. This really does offer great value for money; particularly given the profile of the speakers! Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Please contact Lyndsey Campbell at IWO for a booking form on 0191 422 0088 or e-mail: lyndsey@iwo.org.uk; or download a copy from the IWO website: www.iwo.org.uk

Infor, AVKUK – Chris Holland, May Gurney, EU Skills International Plastic Systems, Cognica, Underground Inspection Services, UTS and Mouchel are all exhibiting or sponsoring elements of this event. Opportunities are still available and anybody interested should contact Lyndsey Campbell.

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