The future of water is celebrated at the Future Water Association Innovation Awards Lunch

Posted: Friday 26th April 2019

On 11th April 2019, Future Water Association, the UK’s leading dynamic business support organisation driving innovation in the Water Sector, held its annual innovation awards lunch at the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club. Awards were presented across three themes; People, Water Dragons Innovation, and Emerging Talent, plus a special Chairman’s award recognising contribution to the sector.

The lunch brought together people from across the water sector including, utilities, contractors, SME’s and innovators, to celebrate innovation, creative thinking, and those who have made a difference in the industry. The event was sponsored and supported by five key organisations working in the water sector: WRc, ARUP, Anglian Water,ACO, and Hydrosave.

Guest speaker, Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Lead at Arup, provided the guests with a humorous and unique take on what the sector needs to do next. Mark set out the challenges that we are faced with due to climate change and discussed how his own experience across the globe has influenced his view. Mark also discussed some key figures in the history of British engineering in the field of water & sanitation, and the regard many other countries have for people like William Lindley. The challenge Mark set out and his call to action was that we all come together, work creatively to help shape the future of the water sector, whilst encouraging the next generation, and the best minds, to join us.

Paul Horton, CEO of Future Water Association, explained the importance of the awards. “People and innovation are the driving force behind today’s water industry and these awards have been established to celebrate the water sector; the successes, the achievements, the technology and the people that all help deliver a valuable resource we sometimes take for granted. Our Water Dragons Awards recognise the ideas and innovations within the sector and provides a platform for businesses to present new products to key decision makers, opening wider markets and opportunities. It was important that we also highlighted the water zone at the Big Bang Fair, and the need to inspire the next generation to ‘think water’".

Mark Smith, Chairman of the Association and CEO at WRc set out the importance of what Future Water Association is doing, how the vision and mission have provided focus to the work of the organisation. He explained that all our members are engaging more across the sector, talking to government, regulators, utilities and helping to drive the industry forward. Mark also set out the need to recognise new thinking and new ideas, which are all essential to help shape the agenda of the sector.

The Association took the opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to Martyn Hopkinson who has spent more than 20 years supporting the organisation. Martyn received the Chairman's award from Mark Smith.

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