Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Policy priorities for the water market in England and next steps for PR19

Morning, Thursday, 13th July 2017

Central London


Timed after the April 2017 launch of Open Water, the non-household water market, and due to follow the planned publication of Ofwat’s Price Review 2019 (PR19) methodology consultation, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for water market reform.

Planned sessions discuss market competition and opportunities for mergers and new entrants, and address potential early concerns for PR19 and opportunities for the sector. In light of reform to the non-household water market, delegates will discuss further opportunities for reform of the household market, and what more the sector can do for customers and to reduce costs. They will also assess key issues and challenges around the sustainability of UK water infrastructure, in particular resilience of the network to climate change and population growth, as well as the funding allocated to maintenance and future expansion of available resources.

Guests of Honour

Stephen Almond

Deputy Head of Water Services, Defra (subject to Departmental business)

David Black

Senior Director of Water 2020, Ofwat

Supported by


Guests of Honour

David Black

Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat

Stephen Almond

Deputy Head of Water Services, Defra (subject to Departmental business)

Keynote Speakers

Bryan Harvey

Global Water Sector Director, CH2M

Andrew Beaver

Director, Infrastructure Advisory Group, KPMG

Professor Martin Cave

Inquiry Panel Chair, Competition and Markets Authority and Visiting Professor, Imperial College Business School

Jean Spencer

Executive Director, Strategic Growth & Resilience, Anglian Water

Dr Pete Fox

Director, Water and Land, Environment Agency

Andy Pymer

Managing Director, Wessex Water


Tony Smith

Chief Executive, Consumer Council for Water

Stefanie Voelz

Vice President - Senior Credit Officer, Infrastructure Finance Group, Moody's Investors Service

Neil Pendle

Managing Director, Waterscan

Paul Hammett

National Specialist in Water Resources, NFU