All water award entries will be put through a rigorous two-stage judging process, reviewed by our panel of independent experts. 

Stage one:

All entries are reviewed and scored against the criteria by our independent panel of industry experts

Stage two:

Our judges, chaired by Alec Peachey, Content director of WWT, will come together for an all-day judging session as they review the evidence and battle it out to decide who comes out on top for the 2020 Water Industry Awards.



Trevor Bishop
Water Resources South East (WRSE)

Trevor has been Director at WRSE since January 2019. As Organisational Development Director for WRSE Trevor’s key responsibilities include strategy/policy, engagement and business management. Trevor is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. Prior to his current role Trevor worked at Ofwat for three years on long term assignment from the Environment Agency. At Ofwat Trevor’s specific areas of work included resilience, environmental delivery, catchment approaches, clean/wastewater planning and aspects of PR19. At the Environment Agency Trevor was Deputy Director of Water Resources which included all aspects of water resource regulation, strategy and operations.

Tony Conway
Conway Water Consulting

Tony is a former Executive Director of United Utilities. In a career of over thirty years he has led Asset Management, Operations and Engineering functions, as well as business change, transformation and regulatory programmes. As Strategic Programmes Director, with the informal title of “Director of Curiosity”, he focused on identifying world leading water utility innovation, engaging with innovation hubs around the globe. Retiring from United Utilities in 2015, Tony is a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield where he chairs the Leadership Board of the Twenty65 Water Research Programme. Twenty65 aims to enable a future that is inspired by collaborative research which accelerates innovation. His personal areas of research focus include the digitally enabled, innovative, optimised water utility, and systems thinking in the water sector. He is a Director of the Water Industry Forum and a Director of British Water. Tony provides strategic consultancy advice working across the water sector nationally and internationally, and coaches executives in the leadership of change.

Nick Ellins
Chief executive
Energy & Utility Skills

Nick became CEO of Energy & Utility Skills in 2015. He has over 30 years’ experience in the utilities and rail industries and previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Water, and Head of Consumer Strategy and policy advisor at Water UK, as well as senior management roles in contracting and manufacturing. Prior to his role at Energy & Utility Skills, Nick was Director of Policy for the Rail Delivery Group and Director of Policy for the Association of Train Operating Companies. He has twice been National President of the Institute of Water, is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, a Fellow of the Institution of Primary Engineers and an ambassador for Design & Technology.

Paul Hickey
Deputy director
Environment Agency

Paul Hickey is a Deputy Director at the Environment Agency with oversight of Water Resources for England. He is responsible for the protection and improvement of the natural environment. This remit includes water quantity monitoring including the national hydrometric service, management of strategic water resource assets, the abstraction and impoundment regulatory regime and long term water resource planning including drought response. Prior to this Paul was Head of Water Quality, Groundwater and Land Contamination. Before joining the Environment Agency Paul worked in the water industry in a variety of regulation and asset management roles. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Water and serves on its Board, Environment Committee and South West Area Committee.

Martyn Hopkinson
Managing director
MH2O Consultancy

Now an Independent Consultant Martyn has almost 40 years experience in the water and wastewater industry, progressing from early site based supervisory roles to holding senior operational management and ultimately board positions with contracting organisations delivering water and wastewater services to the UK Water & Sewerage Companies. He is a former Chairman and Operations Director of the Future Water Association.

Steve Kaye
Chief executive

Steve is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has worked in the water industry for around twenty eight years. He also has an MBA from City University and is a visiting professor at Imperial College, London. Steve’s career in water started in the manufacturing industry where he was responsible for the development & design of water related products. At Anglian Water Steve has held key roles in Engineering, Operations and Innovation. He has helped develop Anglian Water`s Open Innovation Strategy, including successful initiatives like the Water Innovation Network (WIN) and the Innovation Shop Window. Steve is a creative individual who is passionate about making a better world through research and innovation. He has always been actively involved in fostering collaborations between different organisations and industrial sectors. Steve is now CEO of UKWIR, an organisation that delivers research to meet the challenges of the UK water industry.

Karen Light
Director of client solutions

Karen is WRc’s Director of Client solutions with over 25 years’ experience of working in the water, waste and environmental sectors. She is a member of the Executive team and is helping to implement WRc’s ambitious growth and development strategy. She brings a deep understanding of the needs of clients within the water industry and a wealth of experience in developing and delivering innovative, client centric solutions. During her time at WRc, Karen has held a variety of posts covering business development, strategic planning and technical management roles. She has specific experience of asset information management, catchment management, business planning and regulation within the water sector.

Paul Mullord
UK Director 
British Water

Paul has been responsible for the organisation’s UK-related activities since 1996. Paul has worked in the water sector since 1980 and is a member of various steering groups and working groups for industry initiatives and sits on various industry awards judging panels. Previously employed by a number of contracting companies in the water industry, Paul has experience of the contract management of projects in the UK and overseas, procurement, manufacturing and operations.

Angie Needle
Director of strategy; founder
Cadent Gas; Women's Utility Network (WUN)

Angie is Director of Strategy at Cadent Gas where she is responsible for creating the transformational strategies for the company. Prior to that she held a range of positions at Centrica, including heading up their contracting strategy that supports 10,000 British Gas engineers. She also created and ran the business energy-services strategy, and took responsibility for all energy supply and services customer propositions. Before Centrica, lots of fun was had at Anglian Water, including managing sewer networks, heading up an R&D programme and being responsible for all thing’s energy, carbon and climate change. Angie is a big advocate of both environmental and diversity issues and a Founder of the Women’s Utilities Network.

Susan Robinson
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Susan Robinson, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (FCIWEM), has over 30 years’ experience of leading technical projects and managing multi-disciplinary engineering design teams across the UK and international water and wastewater sectors. Innovative and inquisitive by nature, she is particularly fond of providing robust and creative solutions to tricky problems relating to water abstraction, treatment and distribution. Susan is a Key Speciality Leader for municipal and industrial water and wastewater in Wood plc, and chairs the IMechE Water and Wastewater Industry Committee. As the manager of a national team of mechanical, electrical and ICA engineers, a registered IMechE and IET mentor and OU engineering tutor, Susan is committed to developing the technical and engineering capability of the next generation of engineers.

Nicci Russell
Managing director

Nicci has been Managing Director of Waterwise since March 2017. Prior to this, from January 2013, Nicci was a Director at Ofwat, where she led Ofwat’s work on resilience and independent regulation and its relationship with the UK and Welsh Governments and with environmental groups. She also led Ofwat’s strategic approach in Wales and was involved in preparations for the 2019 Price Review and retail market opening in England. Nicci is a member of Southern Water’s Customer Advisory Panel/Customer Challenge Group. She was a judge for the Institute of Water’s 2019 Innovation Awards and the 2019 Water Industry Awards. She is a member of Thames Water’s ‘Red Team’ expert panel, advising the company’s Board on their 2019 price review proposals. In May 2018 Nicci was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). Nicci was Policy Director and co-founder of Waterwise from 2005. She sat on the Waterwise Board as a Non-Executive Director from November 2015. Nicci’s background is in government and policy, with 12 years working for Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, including 7 as a Special Adviser. She was Special Adviser to Margaret Beckett as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2001 to 2005. Nicci lives in Shropshire with her husband and three children. She is a former Junior School Chair of Governors.

Dr. Ana Soares
Senior lecturer in biological engineering
Cranfield University

Dr Ana Soares is a Senior Lecturer in Biological Engineering at Cranfield University in the UK. Dr Soares research explores the underpinning science required to develop and manage bioreactors employing new biological organisms, cultures or pathways in order to optimise wastewater treatment and delivering the circular economy. Her work focuses in municipal as well as industrial wastewater, proposing innovative and economically feasible solutions to produce high quality effluents and product recovery. Dr Soares has an h-index of 21. She chairs the 16th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (LET2019), is an active member of various national and international committees (e.g.: IWA Resource Recovery Cluster, IChemE UK Research Committee, UK Water Industry Forum) and an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (journal from Nature Publishing Group).

Ceris Van de Vyver
Head of Water Consulting, UK
Isle Utilities

Ceris is a water industry professional with over 20 years proven scientific expertise in clean water, wastewater and an in-depth knowledge of public health and water quality. She has held senior management positions in several water companies, was an Inspector in the Drinking Water Inspectorate and is currently Head of at Isle. Ceris is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist, a panel member of Water Supply and Quality with CIWEM and a past chair of Welsh Area Institute of Water. Recently focussed on identifying global innovative technologies and support to water companies to continually improve efficiencies and effectiveness of water processes. With experience across the whole water industry sector, Ceris has successfully delivered Business Improvement and Business Efficiency projects and programmes to transform key operations within companies.

Steve Youell
Institute of Water

Steve has worked in the water industry for 20 years, originally joining Portsmouth Water as a Laboratory Technician, and holding a number of other roles including Water Quality Scientist and Distribution Project Manager. He joined DWI in 2014 as an Inspector where part of his responsibilities was liaising with the sector on emergency planning and security issues. He has recently led on the implementation of the NIS Regulations within the water sector for England and Wales. In January 2020 he joined the senior management team at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water as their Head of Emergency Planning and Security Steve has a BSc. (Hons) in Applied Science from Portsmouth University and is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Scientist. He is National Chairman of the Institute of Water, sitting on the Board and Audit & Finance Committee and is a professional registration assessor for the Science Council.