Black Voices in the Water Industry: From Talk to Action

The Institute of Water continues its series of ‘Black Voices in the Water Industry’ webinars with a discussion between Ian McAulay, CEO of Southern Water and Peter Simpson, CEO of Anglian Water.

The first three events resulted in a video capturing the highlights and aimed at attracting allies and making a difference.

Now Ian and Peter have agreed to discuss what their organisations are doing to raise awareness of and combat racism and to support under-represented groups both in the workplace and the community.

The discussion will be chaired by Shanice Burke, a consultant (Operations Transformation) at Capgemini Invent who has participated in each of the preceding events and features in the video.
Shanice said:
“Following the first 3 Black Voices webinars, I’m excited to hear what changes have been made at Anglian and Southern Water to tackle the inequalities that exist. I feel that focussing on apprenticeships and targeting minorities to increase BAME representation could be the way forward. It will be particularly interesting to hear what the respective organisations plan to do in order to appeal to a young diverse generation.”

Join them in a webinar on Tuesday 3rd August 15.30-17.00 to hear if things have changed for people from minority groups in the water industry in terms of:
• Increasing the number employees
• Changing how they are treated and whether they feel more integrated
• Increasing the number in middle and senior management roles

There will be an opportunity for all to pose questions and extend the discussion: we hope you are able to join them.
The webinar is open to all to attend; simply click here and click the Book Now button at the top of the page.


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The Institute of Water, founded in 1945, is the only professional body that exclusively supports the careers of anyone working in the UK water sector.

Membership offers people who work in or aspire to work in water – regardless of qualifications, experience, discipline or department – opportunities to broaden their knowledge, widen their network and develop within the sector.

Ian McAulay is currently a Board Member at the Institute of Water; Peter Simpson served as President from 2015 to 2017.

The Institute of Water is committed to a policy of inclusion and equality for all its staff, members and stakeholders. We recognise the value that a diverse water industry brings to society, and we are committed to promoting these benefits. We aim to be representative of the industry we serve and to ensure that there are no barriers to membership.

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