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Water Dragons – Heat 3 @ Future Water Networks 2018

3rd December 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Future Water Association’s Water Dragons provides a unique opportunity for companies to pitch their innovative water products, services or processes to a panel of water sector specialists – the ‘Dragons’.


The third and final heat of this year’s Water Dragons competition will be held at Future Water Networks 2018. The conference will explore managing an aging water networks infrastructure using the latest technology.


Products, services or processes put before the Water Dragons must be able to demonstrate clear and distinct benefits and presenters will need to explain how their innovation can make or save money for their clients – the water companies.


In an 8 minute pitch, followed by questions from the Water Dragons, entrants must be able to:

  • Identify the Market need – what challenges is the innovation addressing?
  • Explain clearly and succinctly what makes your product, service or process innovative compared to alternatives.
  • Provide evidence on the potential savings and operational benefits your product or service could generate.

The two highest scoring presentations will be presented with trophies during the Future Water Networks evening dinner, and will go on to compete in the Water Dragons Final on the 7th March, 2019.


(Water Dragon 2017 Winners – FabLittleBag)


Companies pitching:

Meet the Water Dragons

Trevor Bishop
Director Strategy & Planning, Ofwat

Trevor has been a Director at Ofwat since June 2016 on assignment from the Environment Agency.
Trevor is involved with a wide range of Ofwat’s work with specific work areas include leading Ofwat’s work resilience, environmental delivery, catchment approaches, working with the water industry on regional planning and delivery of PR19. Trevor is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter.

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Nick Ellins
Chief Executive, Energy & Utility Skills

Nick Ellins is Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills Group, including the National Skills Academy for Power.

Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the utility and rail industries, working in a variety of management roles across commercial, operational and UK and European policy areas.

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Chris Hughes
Associate Director Water, Arup

Chris is an Associate Director in the Energy and Resources team in the UKMIEA region based in the UK Midlands Campus. Chris has approximately 29 years’ international experience in the delivery of water resources planning advisory consultancy and business development leadership in the water sector. He is the UKMIEA Water Resources Leader.

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Keiron Maher
Innovation Manager, Severn Trent Water

Keiron has been in water industry for 27 years, during which time he has worked in a range of operational roles in both clean and waste water. For the last 16 years Keiron has been in involved in R&D and innovation helping to develop and bring new ideas into the water industry. Keiron currently manages a team of Technical Experts within Severn Trent’s Innovation Team.

Alastair MoseleyAlastair Moseley
Director, H20 WEM Ltd

Alastair is a Director of Water and Environmental Consultancy, H2O WEM Ltd which provides strategic technical and business development support to organisations operating in the water and environmental sectors. He is Chair of the Future Water Association Innovation Hub where he is leading the development of training and knowledge sharing initiatives to stimulate innovation creation and collaboration in the water industry supply chain. He also champions Future Water Association’s Skills for the Future and Young Water Dragons programmes which seek to address the looming skills shortage in the water sector. Read more
Ross Simson
Head of Data Factory, Thames Water

Ross has recently joined Thames Water as Head of Data Factory with a remit to modernise and transform the enterprise data fuNction. He has over 25 years of Data, Insight & Analytics, and Transformation expertise.He works with clients on an interim basis to help them understand their customers better and fix their data issues. His clients have included: Birmingham City Council, BBC, British Gas Npower, Severn Trent Water, Ordnance survey and Sainsbury.

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3rd December 2018
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Chesford Grange Hotel
Warwickshire, CV8 2LD
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