Innovation Training Programme, 13-14 September & 11-12 October, 2017

There are many challenges in driving innovation into the UK Water Sector, including understanding market needs, governance, visibility of new ideas, leadership etc., this training and development programme has been designed by Future Water Association, in conjunction with Sheffield University, Anglian Water, Severn Trent and Southern Water. The modules have been created for anyone working in the water sector who wants to spark creative thinking and accelerate implementation of innovation.  
The programme will also offer an opportunity for networking across the sector, in both formal and informal settings, with supply chain, water companies, and academics to share challenges and learn to collaborate more effectively.
Endorsed by the three water companies - the 4-day training programme, delivered at state of the art training facilities, is organised into two blocks of 2 days each, with one month in between which allows participants to put elements of the training into practice between successive training sessions. The first block of training will provide an overview of the water sector business in the UK, how to analyse problems and generate creative solutions.  The second block will cover how to successfully market and implement creative solutions.

- Supply chain companies
- Water company employees
- Researchers in the water sector
- Investors, entrepreneurs

DATES: 13th & 14th September, 11th & 12th October 2017

LOCATION: University of Sheffield, Workshop 4, 38 Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD


- Four days of training in small groups with hands-on interaction
- One group networking dinner during each training session
- Lunch for each day of the course
- All course materials


Future Water Association Members: £1,795 +VAT
Standard Registration: £1,995 +VAT





Dr Kamal Birdi - Institute of Work Psychology in the Management School, University of Sheffield
Dr Vanessa Speight - Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield
Professor Tony Conway - Visiting Professor, University of Sheffield

LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Participants will:

- Understand, through sharing experiences and challenges from the UK water industry, the issues the sector is facing and how innovation is implemented

- Understand how UK water companies are structured and where to find information on individual company priorities.  Similarly, understand how supply chain companies are developing products and services   and what information they need

- Improve collaborative skills, including the value of compromises in working collaboratively, harnessing of competitive spirit, the value of openness

- Be able to use a variety of creative thinking techniques to generate new ideas

- Be able to use a variety of analytical thinking techniques to identify and prioritise the major causes of problems

- Understand how to select the best ideas generated using systematic principles

- Feel more motivated and confident about tackling problems creatively and collaboratively

- Learn to develop business cases that outline business needs, technology offering, and routes to implementation to promote their product or service

- Be able to identify strategies for motivating stakeholders (related to understanding drivers in the water industry) to engage with the chosen solution

- Create a project plan for implementing an innovative solution within their organisation

- Identify when projects are in trouble and how to correct them

- Understand funding options for developing innovation


ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. A block of rooms for trainees has been reserved at the Leopold Hotel, Sheffield City Centre, for the group rate of £75 per night (bed & breakfast). To make a booking, please contact the Leopold Hotel directly on: 0114 252 4000. A variety of other hotels in Sheffield City Centre are available and within walking distance of the venue.


ENQUIRIES: For further information, contact Lindsey Farnsworth,


Training Programme Endorsed by:



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