Winners of the 2022 Future Water Awards Announced

On Tuesday 22nd March, World Water day Future Water celebrated the best in the industry and their amazing contribution to the sector over the past year.

Mark Smith, Chair of Future Water introduced the awards by saying:

The challenges of the last couple of years has shown that there is a need for an organisation like Future Water, given the rapidly changing technological and political environment for the water industry along with the need for innovation at all levels, highlighted by the pandemic.

Future Water has refreshed our vision and strategy, to give a new sense of direction and as an organisation we are committed to our vision of shaping the future of water through collaboration, innovation and education and our purpose of unlocking the potential of the supply chain across the water sector.

Our awards reflects our core values as we recognise the best of people, who are at the heart of our sector and those who are leading by example. Future Water has always been about: 

  • Connecting the sector by creating space to bring cross-sector stakeholders together and to exchange knowledge and expertise on critical water issues;
  • Inspiring the future through innovation activities, supporting the next generation, bringing a focus to EDI discussions; and
  • Utilising our members to challenge the status quo

Building on the last couple of years, Future Water will be ‘Digital First’ and continue to deliver services in ever more innovative ways. It’s exciting times and the forward agenda is our agenda! 

Award categories:

Emerging Talent Award
Winner – Tom Doyle – ARUP

 –  Achieved beyond expectations by bringing something new to your company
–   Demonstrated/shown leadership
–   An interest in water and the environment
–   Shown a desire to shape a different future

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People Award
Winner – Nicci Russell, CEO – Waterwise

We all recognise that people are the mainstay of any successful company and their contribution to their own organisations and the wider industry needs to be recognised. The people award is focused on a person who has changed the workplace, the working environment or challenged how the sector thinks about an issue.

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Above & Beyond Award
Winner – Phil Barnaby, Chair EDI – Affinity Water
Winner – Jen Baughan, CEO – Solutions for the Planet

This Future Water award is for an individual or organisation, that has contributed something special and/or impactful, beyond their normal everyday role, and this could include:

–  Supporting charities by volunteering time or raising funds
–  Going Above and Beyond & the day job
–  Adapting and responding to community needs
–  Challenging existing thinking
–  Doing something different


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Future Water Award
Winner – Singer/Songwriter Låpsley

The Future Water Award celebrates achievement, across a career or for changing the way we think. Critical to meeting the challenges we face is how we communicate, to each other and to those who are not in our sector.

When many of the issues we face can seem overwhelming, or insurmountable, art can help us not just communicate differently but also see things differently.

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Water Dragons 2021
Winner – FloNergia
Highly Commended – Proteus

Future Water launched Water Dragons in 2008. It provides a unique opportunity for companies to pitch product, service or process innovations to a panel of senior water company executives and industry specialists, the ‘Water Dragons’. Now in its fourteenth year, Water Dragons continues to evolve. 2020 saw heats attract a wide range of entries from across the sector and the introduction of virtual heats.

The panel of judges or ‘dragons’ are different for each heat and are drawn from a variety of water companies, businesses, industry and academia. The dragons from this heat came from the Environment Agency, Isle Utilities, Dŵr Cymru, Thames, CIWEM, Southwest Water, Yorkshire Water and Water Dragons sponsor Hydrosave.

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All images of the Future Water Awards reception were taken by Joe Atwere Photography