Fulfilling a vital public health role each day

Posted: Thursday 24th March 2011

A major conference being held in Swansea this year will showcase the vital public health role that the water sector fulfils each day.

The Institute of Water’s conference, ‘For the Health of the Nation: securing, maintaining and communicating the vital water services that power our communities’ brings together high profile water sector and public health speakers. The event will consider the key strategic, engineering and human resource challenges. It will look at the changes needed to ensure the industry can maintain its track record of public health achievement, and bring in top communication specialists to show how to communicate to society the value of water and the companies that provide it.

Nigel Annett, Managing Director of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water will deliver a keynote speech on the challenges of delivering water and wastewater services to a nation. Ronnie Mercer, Chair of Scottish Water will help delegates to consider whether water companies should be structured as community providers or environmental contractors. Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid and Patron of the Institute will celebrate 30 years of the water industry charity bringing good health to nations.

Other key speakers include Diane McCrea, Chair, Consumer Council for Water, Wales; Professor Jeni Colbourne MBE, Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate; Pamela Taylor OBE, Chief Executive of Water UK; Claire Riley, Head of Strategic Communications for the NHS Strategic Health Authority; John Mowbray, Director of Corporate Affairs from Northumbrian Water; Julian Dennis, Director of Compliance and Sustainability, Wessex Water and Tim Balcon, Chief Executive, Energy and Utility Skills.

“The annual conference is a leading event in the water calendar each year” said the Institute of Water’s incoming President, Nick Ellins who is also Deputy Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Water.

“The Institute of Water brings together the best people in the sector in a cost effective business environment that promotes new discussion, challenge and innovation. The Institute encourages people in the water sector to better understand just what they are part of and then nurtures and supports their careers.

“We are delighted to have attracted such a high calibre of speakers to South Wales and are working to ensure that those who join us come away with a new perspective and tangible value for their time and money.

The Conference will bring together representatives from across Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be held at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium from May 12 to 13, supported by a full social programme for delegates and their partners.


The Business Skills Awards for the Water Industry 2011 will be presented at the President’s Dinner which forms part of this event, alongside two new Awards. The Institute of Water National Innovation Award will be presented for the first time. Following the success of the Institute’s Welsh Area Innovation Awards, several other areas of the organisation now run a competition. This National Award will be presented to the entry that is deemed to be the best overall innovation.

The Institute of Water National Chair’s Award will be awarded to a member who has displayed exceptional commitment or made an outstanding contribution to the Institute.

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