Meet the Water Dragon Judges

Our Water Dragon innovation competition relies on the commitment, dedication and extensive industry knowledge demonstrated by our judges.

The Water Dragon judges come from a wide variety of industries across the sector, with representatives from water companies, Tier 1 contractors and Government bodies. Please find below a selection of water industry professionals who have joined the Water Dragons panel over the years.

Kirsty Ayres
Senior Engineer, WSP

Kirsty specialises in clean water network improvement projects and is currently supporting project management of Utilities Diversions for HS2. Read more>
Andrew Ball
Technical Director, HR Wallingford

Andy began his career as a hydrogeologist at Southern Water and then became responsible for leakage and metering programmes. Read more>
Faye Beaman
Associate, ARUP

Faye is a chartered professional with extensive hydraulic experience and has worked on projects across the globe, from Australia, America, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and China to the UK. Read more>
Shaunna Berendsen
Head of Innovation Engagement, Anglian Water

Having previously worked in commercialisation, marketing and for a leading technology consultancy, Shaunna is now head of innovation engagement at Anglian Water. Read more>
Trevor Bishop
Director of Strategy & Planning, Ofwat

Trevor joined Ofwat as a Director in January 2016 on assignment from the Environment Agency. Read more>
Jon Brigg
Manager of Innovation, Strategy & Regulation, Yorkshire Water

Jon is the deliverer of disruptive ideas and solutions to inform business vision, strategy and growth. Read more>
Bronwyn Buntine
Sustainable Drainage Team Leader, Flood & Water Management team at Kent County Council

Bronwyn’s team responds as a statutory consultee within planning, implements SuDS projects and is contributing to an EU green infrastructure project. Read more>
Dr jo Burgess MD South Africa & Head of Trial Reservoir - Isle Utilities

Jo is an environmental scientist with >20 years’ experience in the water, environment and wastewater sectors. Read more>
Kara Cartwright
Innovation Implementation Manager, Severn Trent

Kara has 20 years water industry experience across Yorkshire Water & Severn Trent. Read more>
Sarah Cotterill
Innovation Manager, The Water Hub

At the time of Sarah’s involvement in Water Dragons she was the Innovation Manager at ‘The Water Hub’. Read more>
Nicky Cunningham
Innovation Manager, The Water Hub

Nicky Cunningham manages the Centre for Resilience in the Environment, Water and Waste at the University of Exeter. Read more>
Simon Dray
Managing Director, Hydrosave

Simon has worked in the water industry for 27 years, 10 years as Managing Director of Hydrosave. Read more>
wayne earpeWayne Earpe

Wayne's career spans over 30 years in the water industry, 10 years spent in the non-regulated arm of Severn Trent as Managing Director establishing and growing businesses in the UK and Ireland. Read more>
Nick Ellins
Chief Executive, Energy & Utility Skills

Nick Ellins is the Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills Group with overr 30 years’ experience in the utility and rail industries. Read more>
Terry Fuller
Chief Executive, CIWEM

Terry is Chief Executive of CIWEM responsible for the delivery of the Institution’s strategic aims and its services to members and the public interest. Read more>
Andrea Gysin
Head of Research, Development & Innovation, Thames Water

Andrea’s career spans almost 20 years in the water industry, during which time she has worked in blue chip consultancies, start-up and growth businesses. Read more>
Dani Hankin Innovation Programme Manager , Yorkshire Water

Danielle is as Senior Manager with a record of driving change across a wide range of diverse organisations, Read more>
Julia Hinton
Compliance Manager, Hydrosave

Julia Hinton has worked in the Water Industry since 1991 and has undertaken a variety of different roles which have included both operational and support functions. Read more>
Chris Hughes
Strategic Technology Planning Manager, Wessex Water

Chris is an Associate Director in the Energy and Resources team in the UKMIEA region based in the UK Midlands Campus. Read more>
Jody Knight
Associate Director Water, Arup

Jody has 19 years of industry experience in consulting, contracting and the last 13 years at Wessex Water. Read more>
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.
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Lisa McKenzie
Investment Manager, Veolia

Lisa has worked for Veolia for 8 years, completing their graduate programme then joining the operations team at Seafield, Scotland’s largest WWTW, as a shift manager. Read more>
Alastair MoseleyAlastair Moseley
Director, H2O WEM

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. Read more>
Andrew Oakes Leakage Strategy and Water Balance Manager, Thames Water

Andrew starting his career working on nuclear submarines, but now has over 30 years’ experience working in the water industry Read more>
Marie Raffin Innovation Engagement Lead, Thames Water Utilities Limited

Marie Raffin is working within the Innovation department of Thames Water Utilities Limited (TWUL), where she has the role of Innovation Engagement Lead. Read more>
Oli Raud Programme Manager, Centre for Resilience in the Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW)

Oli Raud is the Programme Manager for the Centre for Resilience in the Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) – South West Water’s strategic research and innovation partnership with the University of Exeter. Read more>
Chris Rees Leakage Strategy Manager, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Chris joined Welsh Water in January 2018 and is currently Leakage Strategy Manager, specialising in the areas of leakage, demand management and asset strategy. Read more>
Gordon Reid
General Manager Zero Emissions
Strategic Customer Service Planning, Scottish Water
Gordon has a background in the petrochemical and water sectors. Read more>
Martin Shouler
London Water Leader, Arup

Martin is a public health engineer working on water projects across both Infrastructure and Buildings sector. Read more>
Carmen Snowdon CEnv, MIWater
Principal Consultant, Asset Management Solutions Team, Water Research Centre

Carmen has been working the field of demand management and customer engagement for over 12 years. Read more>
Caroline WadsworthCaroline Wadsworth
Head of Strategic Partnerships, Isle Utilities

Caroline has worked in the Environmental and Water industries for over 20 years and with a commercial background she has facilitated technology development, adoption and deployment; Read more>
Dr Toby Willison
Director of Environment and Corporate Affairs, Southern Water

Toby joined Southern Water in November 2020.

Toby has a PhD in ecology and has spent the majority of his career in environmental services. Read more>