Innovation Training For the Water Sector 20th-21st March & 1st-2nd May, 2018

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
  • Contractors
  • Regulatord

The first set of Innovation Training run in September/October 2017 - participants scored an average of 4.5 out of 5 in the following areas

  • This workshop was of practical value to me for my job
  • This workshop was related to my job needs
  • The practical exercises were useful
  • The facilitators were effective
  • The facilities (e.g. venue) were suitable
  • The workshop slides were useful
  • The handouts (worksheet, copies of slides) were useful
  • I had enough time on the workshop to practice the skills being taught
  • Working on real-life problems was useful
  • Working in groups on problems was valuable
The training course in terms of participants was a 50:50 split between suppliers and water companies, attendees said:
  • ‘Great training. Thank you!
  • ‘Thank you for taking feedback from the first session and applying it to the second session. I fully endorse this workshop and will be recommending it to colleagues.’
  • ‘Good 4 days’

DATES: 20th - 21st March & 1st  -2nd May, 2018  

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




For details of the Module Leaders see the speaker details on the left hand side.


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, please contact Lindsey Farnsworth:




Dr Kamal Birdi
Dr Kamal                                            Birdi
Dr Vanessa Speight
Dr Vanessa Speight
Prof Tony Conway
Prof Tony Conway

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