Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

England’s water market - infrastructure, regulation and taking forward PR19

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020

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

Delegates will assess the priorities for water infrastructure and next steps in taking forward PR19 determinations.

It takes place with:

Speakers and chairs

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • David Black, Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat;
  • Sophie Broadfield, Deputy Director, Water Services, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;
  • Paul Hickey, Deputy Director - Water Resources, Environment Agency; and
  • Giles Stevens, Director of Policy, National Infrastructure Commission.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Tony Ballance, Severn Trent Water; Michael Barlow, Burges Salmon; Andrew Beaver, KPMG; Matthew Hart, Water Research Centre; Satish Parmar, AECOM; Dr James Robinson, Wetlands Trust; Tony Smith, Consumer Council for Water; and Pauline Walsh, Affinity Water.

The chairs are Baroness Young of Old Scone, Member, House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee and Angela Smith.

The agenda

  • The Final PR19 Determinations and setting the future priorities for regulation.
  • Responding to the final determinations: pricing, finance, customer engagement and reducing water consumption.
  • Improving the environmental performance of the water industry;
  • Taking forward the National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure and assessing the future of England’s water infrastructure; and
  • Water infrastructure priorities - opportunities for upstream markets, network resilience and obligations for water companies.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Committee on Climate Change; CMA; Defra; Department for International Trade; Drinking Water Inspectorate; Environment Agency; National Audi Office and Ofwat.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates