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

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 read more

Dr. Ana Soares

Senior lecturer in biological engineering - Cranfield Univeristy

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 read more

Hayley Monks

Founder - Women's Utility Network (WUN)

Hayley is highly motivated, inspirational and energetic individual.  An excellent speaker with a strong commercial acumen and creative thinking, she thrives on driving and delivering transformation by creating effective follow-ship. Having worked in senior executive roles and with a ‘can read more

Lila Thompson

Chief executive - British Water

Lila is responsible for British Water’s strategic direction. Lila was formerly responsible for the delivery of British Water’s international services leading scoping visits to a wide range of markets including Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, China and India. read more

Marcus Rink

Chief inspector - Drinking Water Inspectorate

Marcus Rink is the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, appointed in August 2015. He has worked in the Department of Environment, (DEFRA), in various roles for over 20 years. As Chief Inspector he provides independent scrutiny of the water industry read more

Mark Smith

Managing director - WRc

Martyn Hopkinson

Managing director - MH20 Consultancy

Now an Independent Consultant Martyn has some 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 read more

Nicci Russell

Managing director - Waterwise

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 read more

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, read more

Phil Beach

Chief executive - Energy & Utility Skills

Phil joined Energy & Utility Skills in September 2020, bringing with him a breadth of experience in the regulatory and education sector. In his previous role as Executive Director for Vocational and Technical Qualifications at regulator Ofqual, Phil led the reforms for read more

Rob Light

Chair - CCW

Rob was appointed as CCW Chair in June 2019 by Defra and Welsh Government. Rob has championed the interests of consumers as our Northern Chair for the past four years. Rob is Chair of the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN). read more

Sarah McMath


Sarah has vast experience of the water industry, having worked in a variety of roles across a number of technical, asset management and operational teams at Thames Water. Sarah was previously Managing Director of Water at Thames, before becoming Managing read more

Steve Kaye

Chief executive - UKWIR

Steve is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has worked in the water industry for around 30 years. His career started in manufacturing sector. Later working in the water utility industry, Steve held key roles in Engineering, Operations, and Innovation. He has supported and led various open innovation platforms and networks in the sector, helping to engage read more

Steve Youell

Chair - 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 read more

Susan Robinson

Fellow - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Susanne Baker

Associate director, climate, environment and sustainability - Tech UK

Tom Stephenson

Pro vice chancellor, research and innovation - Cranfield University

Professor Tom Stephenson is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Cranfield University. He leads relationships with research funders, including strategic partnerships with industry. Responsibilities for innovation encompass exploitation of intellectual property (IP), encouraging start-ups and business incubation through Cranfield Eagle Labs, a partnership with read more

Tony Conway

Director - 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 read more

Trevor Bishop

Director - 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 read more