Water Climate Discussion

Water is Climate

...and the water community is pivotal in both helping the world adapt to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We are coming together to collaborate and make a difference:

One voice

Together we have started categorising water climate issues and their solutions and drafted the Water Climate Call to Action

Many solutions

The conference networking facilitated mutual support around a host of different water climate solutions. Please record your Action Pledge

The Water Climate Discussion series kicked off with a set of five free online discussions held from May to September followed by a three-week interactive online conference in October. You can watch any of these events again or read the summary reports and other outputs, via the links below.

Timed to help us reach consensus prior to COP26, the conference brought us together in a progressive series of workshops, small group discussions and 1:1 conversations, aiming to facilitate world-changing collaboration & action.

We brought our outputs to COP and joined with the COP26 Water Pavilion for their closing session, then came together again on 2 December to reflect on COP26 and determine our next steps:

We're looking forward to your input - lets change the world together.

Thanks to


Trevor Bishop

Organisational Development Director, Water Resources South East

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Trevor has been Director at WRSE since January 2019.

As Director for WRSE Trevor’s key responsibilities include strategy and policy for the development of a long-term Regional Resilience Plan across six statutory water companies in the South East of England serving some 20 million people. Trevor is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter.

Prior to his current role, Trevor worked at Ofwat, the economic regulator, for three years on long term assignment from the Environment Agency. At Ofwat, Trevor’s specific areas of work included resilience, environmental delivery, catchment approaches, clean/wastewater planning and aspects of PR19. At the Environment Agency, Trevor was Deputy Director of Water Resources which included all aspects of water resource regulation, strategy and operations.

Prior to the Environment Agency Trevor worked for over 10 years in the Water Industry with a wide range of both strategic and operational roles in several water companies. Key areas of responsibility included leakage, customer services and asset performance. Trevor also supports international engagement and is currently a member of the International Water Associations Strategic Council.

Annesley Crisp

Shop Window Project and Engagement Manager, Anglian Water

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At Anglian Water, Anna is responsible for engaging both internal and external stakeholders in the delivery of projects within the Shop Window, The Shop Window is a real location in our region, a platform where we can accelerate innovation for our business. The aim is to create an incubator of Anglian Water’s business for the future, by removing barriers to innovation, implementing innovative solutions and testing new ways of working across the whole water cycle. One of our six Shop Window Priorities focuses on ‘tackling climate change.’ Within this priority we work directly with teams and individuals to develop distinct focus areas which deliver short and long term results adding real value for the business. One of these focus areas is looking at EV and hydrogen infrastructure for de-carbonising our fleet, this work is being delivered in collaboration with Northumbrian Water and Yorkshire Water as part of our annual Innovate East event.

Katharine Cross

International Water Association

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Katharine has experience in water resources and environmental management from global to local scale with a focus on climate resilience and adaptation, nature-based solutions, water-energy-food nexus, water governance and the digitalisation of the water sector. She has worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America with NGOs, government, and the private sector.

Katharine is currently working for a number of organisations including the Australian Water Partnership engaging with Mekong governments and relevant stakeholders, the International Water Association on its strategic programs including climate-smart utilities, water wise cities and digital water and as a senior advisor for Water-Cities supporting the transition of cities towards sustainable water management.

Lucien Damiba

Regional Research and Knowledge Manager, WaterAid, West Africa

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Having trained as a hydrogeologist, Lucien joined WaterAid as a water security and water resource management specialist, going on to lead the West Africa Regional Learning Center for Water Resources Management from 2018 to 2019. Lucien is currently responsible for research, knowledge management and climate change in the region.

Lucien has over twenty years of experience in international development work, with a focus on climate change, water resources management, and project management.

Amanda Lake

Water Process Lead - Europe, Jacobs

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Amanda is a Chartered member of IChemE and committee member on the Water SIG, with 20 years experience in the water industry. She currently works for Jacobs in their European water business as process lead and delivers work in water and wastewater treatment and interrelated opportunities in resource recovery, circular economy and carbon.

Samuel Larsen

Programme Lead, Water UK

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Samuel joined Water UK in 2017, having previously worked in a variety of strategy, policy and transformation roles across consultant, water company, and government organisations. He is currently leading the delivery of the UK water industry’s Net Zero 2030 Routemap – the world’s first detailed plan to reach net zero operational emissions on a sector-wide basis by 2030.

Jodie Rettino

Catchment Management and Biodiversity Lead, Severn Trent

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Dr. Jodie Rettino manages the Catchment and Biodiversity Team at Severn Trent. She has been working at Severn Trent for 11 years and since joining the company has developed the catchment management programme from a set of investigations into on the ground schemes and business as usual. More recently the catchment management programme has expanded to include ecology, biology and biodiversity work on both the Companies own rural estate and 3rd party land. Across the industry Severn Trent’s catchment and biodiversity work is now recognised as being industry leading. The Team have recently won the 2020 Water Industry - Alliancing and Partnership award and have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2021 Utility Week Community Investor award. She also has a PhD in Catchment Management from Cranfield University.

Frank Rogalla

Director of the Department of Innovation and Technology, Aqualia

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Frank Rogalla has been working for 30 years on technology transfer, managing large projects for major water companies and engineering consultancies in France, US, UK, and Brazil (Veolia, Severn Trent Services, Metcalf & Eddy, and Black & Veatch). He is the holder of many patents in advanced water and wastewater technology. Leader of around 35 people involved in R&D Programs/Projects in synergy with the regional and international activities of Aqualia, being responsible for a budget of circa 25 M€ in external funding for projects co-financed by the European Union (H2020 and Life programs), the Spanish Government and Regional Funds from various sources.

John Sammon

Low Carbon Energy Team Leader, Scottish Water Horizons

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John Sammon leads the Low Carbon Energy Team within Scottish Water Horizons, having joined the business in 2015. The team are responsible for developing multi-disciplinary energy projects to directly support Scottish Water Group’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Since 2015 the team have delivered over 30 solar PV projects, 4 wind projects, and the UK’s first sewage heat recovery projects. John has been involved in renewables since 2010, starting out in solar before moving to the small wind industry in 2012 working on Scottish Water’s wind programme on the developer side.

Alan Sutherland

Chief Executive, Water Industry Commission for Scotland

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Since his appointment in 1999 Alan has driven substantial improvements in efficiency and service for Scotland’s water and wastewater customers. He put in place a competitive non-household retail market in 2008, a world first at the time.

Unswervingly committed to a customer-centric approach, Alan is working with sector stakeholders to engender greater candour, transparency and collaboration. Alan believes in sharing experience and expertise and, through the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation initiative, supports international capacity-building projects that facilitate the development of economic regulation and of more sustainable water industries.

Alan’s previous roles were in management consultancy and in the investment banking industry.

Jacob Tomkins

Co-founder and CTO, The Water Retail Company

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Jacob is the co-founder and CTO of The Water Retail Company. He is also the founder of The European Water Technology Accelerator which helps scale and promote water innovation. Jacob trained as a civil engineer with degrees from UCL and Imperial. He worked as an academic, was water lead for the National Farmers' Union and freshwater advisor at Water UK. He set up and ran Waterwise the water efficiency NGO. He has developed EU water legislation and chaired a UK Govt task force on resilience in the water sector. He was made and honorary Prof at Exeter University and has an OBE for services to water efficiency.

Ivan Vølund

Head of Department, Wastewater, VCS Denmark

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Ivan Vølund has 20 years experience in wastewater, first as specialist then 14 years as a manager. The role evolved over the years: he started with pump stations, extended into the sewer network, then storm water handling and, from 2015, waste water treatment plants. Ivan has delivered training in Denmark, Russia and Zambia and given presentations in Denmark, Finland, USA, China and Kenya.


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