Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for England’s water market - investment, innovation, infrastructure and costs for end users

Morning, Thursday, 18th July 2019

Central London


This conference will discuss the next steps for water market reform in England.

With PR19 encouraging the water industry to increase investment while ensuring affordable bills for the consumer, delegates will consider how to meet the aims of Water 2020 and protect customers while managing the trade-off between developing innovative technologies and keeping costs down for the end user.

This will also be a timely opportunity to examine potential concerns relating to water companies’ business plans, with Ofwat expected to publish all PR19’s draft determinations by mid-July, including issues around the deliverability of plans, resilience and the scope of measures to improve customer experience.

Further sessions will look at the environmental and infrastructure needs of the future, following the National Infrastructure Commission’s report on England’s water infrastructure needs which considered ways to reduce leakage; tackle longer-term challenges around sustainability and climate change as Britain faces increases in both flooding and drought, and how to promote investment.

Keynote Speaker

David Black

Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat

Keynote Speakers

Manuela Di Mauro

Water Lead, National Infrastructure Commission

Steve Robertson

Chief Executive Officer, Thames Water

David Black

Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat


Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group

Angela Smith MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group


Stefanie Voelz

Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s Investors Service

John Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer, Castle Water

Michael Barlow

Partner, Burges Salmon

Tony Smith

Chief Executive, Consumer Council for Water

Rich Sullivan-Jones

Audit Manager, Regulation, Consumers & Competition, National Audit Office

Nicci Russell

Managing Director, Waterwise

Bryan Harvey

Vice President, Utilities, Europe, Jacobs