In-person annual conference
Water Matters 2023
Water Matters supports non-household water users in working towards a more resilient, sustainable water future.
22nd June 2023
Chris Hines MBE / Marc Hannis / Dr. Louise Bardsley / Shaunna Berendsen / Aaron Burton / Lee Dance
Water Matters 2023
Water Matters, the Self-Supply Community’s annual conference, brings non-household water users together to explore how best to accelerate action towards, and ultimately achieve, water resilience.
Join us to learn amongst peers, inspire collaborative, coordinated action and drive innovation for a sustainable water future.
Chris Hines MBE
Former Sustainability Director of the Eden Project and Founder of Surfers Against Sewage
Principal, Innovation Fund, Ofwat
Dr. Louise Bardsley
Principal Adviser Strategic Solutions, Natural England
Chief Innovation Officer, Anglian Water
Organisational Director, Water Resources South East
Head of Water Efficiency and Demand Management, Defra
Water Matters 2023 will be held at Convene, 22 Bishopsgate, City of London, London.
Further information about the location, as well as nearby parking, bus stations and underground lines, can be found on their website.
Welcome breakfast and networking.
Welcome and introduction.
Session 1: Market Matters
Exploring how the water market plans to improve efficiency and what this means for customers.
The first session will set the scene for Water Matters 2023. Speakers from key industry bodies, Ofwat, MOSL, the Strategic Panel, and Waterscan, will present a high-level assessment of the latest water market challenges, developments, and the potential impacts on your organisation.
Shaun Kent, Ofwat, Sarah McMath, MOSL, Trisha McAuley, The Strategic Panel.
Session 2: Innovation Matters
Revealing the challenges and opportunities of adopting novel approaches to water security.
The need to better protect water resources is undeniable. This session takes a look at the practical steps the water industry is taking to respond to these challenges through innovation. Representatives from Ofwat, Anglian Water, and Waterscan discuss the customer, investment and behaviour related impacts of innovation, how best to achieve the breakthroughs needed, and what this community of self-suppliers and other water users can do to help.
Panel: The Pathway to Innovation
Hosted by Karma Loveday, Editor of The Water Report and MEUC Chair.
Karma will be quizzing the panel on topics such as ‘why isn’t innovation happening rapidly enough in the industry?’, ‘how do we overcome the barriers?’ and ‘how can customers get involved?’.
Session 3: Environmental Matters
Understanding how and why action on water makes a dramatic difference to our natural world.
Environmental impacts can be felt on a national, regional, or local scale. During this session, Chris Hines MBE, Dr. Louise Bardsley, Aaron Burton and Lee Dance will share expert insight into the challenges facing the UK’s water and natural environment, what this means to the ‘bigger picture’ and the responses being taken. The opportunity for partnerships will be explored, whether it’s collaboration to achieve a joint goal such as water neutrality or data sharing to track and demonstrate performance through disclosure.
Networking and drinks
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