beyonThe UK Water Partnership has announced that Richard Benyon MP will take up the role of Chairman on 10 Oct 2015. The appointment marks another milestone for the organisation as it seeks to develop new opportunities for the UK water sector in a £500bn global market.

Outgoing Chairman, Lord Chris Smith, commented that the Newbury MP would be well placed to take on the role, having previously served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2010-2013.

Lord Chris Smith said:

“Since its launch in March 2015, the partnership has made real strides in bringing together the many water research, industry and user communities to help focus their efforts toward innovation, growth and export opportunities. Richard has great experience in this area and I am very pleased to see the partnership moving ahead in such good hands.”

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, Rory Stewart MP commented on the appointment:

“I am really delighted that Richard Benyon has taken the role of Chairman of the UK Water Partnership. I’d like to thank Lord Smith for his excellent work. Richard’s energy and integrity will really help us promote UK leadership in water technology here and abroad.” 

 Commenting on his appointment Richard Benyon MP said:

“Lord Chris Smith has done an outstanding job in helping to launch the organisation and he leaves a great legacy. I am delighted to be able to build on his success and take up the task of maintaining the momentum we’ve seen so far, especially at such an important time for the industry.”

The UK Water Partnership is committed to forging a coherent alliance between organisations that share a commitment to excellent research, innovation and growth across the sector and its inter-dependent communities.

For further information please contact:

Alexa Bruce

Secretariat Coordinator | The UK Water Partnership

c/o Arup

13 Fitzroy Street London W1T 4BQ United Kingdom (For the attention of Alexa Bruce)

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