UKFP – Summer News and Views

The latest UK Flood Partnership newsletter features updates on:

  • Future Events & Conferences;
  • Update on 2018 Activities;
  • News Around the Sector;
  • Update from their chairman and DIT.

UKFP newsletter Summer 2018

The UKFP are a strong affiliate member of the UK Water Partnership.

Water Innovation Conference – 21 June 2018

The Water Innovation Conference hosted by UK Water Partnership and made possible by Hydro Nation, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and HR Wallingford, showcased and encouraged collaboration and innovation across the sector.

The day long event aimed to bring together leaders of the water innovation sector in the UK as well as discover and understand more about the facilities that HR Wallingford and CEH have on offer. The event included an update on the Industrial Strategy Fund Challenge submission and the various innovative activities being taken on by leading water companies around the UK.

The event was of key interest to those working within the utilities, academic and business community, as well as the policy makers.

A summary report of the event can be accessed at the following link:  Water_Innovation_Conference_June_21_Report




The UK Water Partnership Business Plan 2018/19

The UK Water Partnership Business plan for 2018/19 aims to:

  • Action the Vision and Strategy for the UKWP, driving the Water First agenda;
  • Combine and integrate each working  stream of operation within the UKWP;
  • Assist with the delivery of each initiative;
  • Develop a plan to engage key stakeholders and the Leadership Council

As we focus our efforts in 2018/19 the UK faces three major water challenges:

  • Managing our national and global water security;
  • Flood and drought risk from increasing extreme weather events;
  • Maintaining the affordability of our water and sewerage services.

Based on these drivers we are focused on further accelerating our offering to our members in 2017/18 as we seek to strengthen our relationship with Her Majesty’s Government.

Future success depends on continuing financial and a time commitment from the UKWP partners and our members

Link: The UK Water Partnership – Business Plan 2018



Catalysing Innovation in the Water Industry

The UKWP, Arup, Apsara Capital, and Twenty65 co-funded a study to identify whether the UK would benefit from a ‘Water Innovation Accelerator Programme’.

In summary, the process begun in early 2017 with a desktop study and 40 interviews throughout the water industry. Second phase looked at exploring a pilot phase. Through this process UKWP created a schematic for what this would look like, including potential partnerships.

The summary report which captures the following can be found at the link below:

  • Key findings;
  • Recommendations to catalyse innovation for the Water Utility;
  • How is innovation currently managed in water utilities;
  • Water innovation audit framework.

Link: Catalysing Innovation in the Water Industry

Event: Water Innovation Conference

June 21 2018, HR Wallingford, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

The UK Water Partnership, Hydro Nation, HR Wallingford, and CEH will be hosting a free Water Innovation Conference.


10.30: Coffee and Registration

11.00: Plenary session

Welcome and introductions:

HR Wallingford – Bruce Tomlinson,

CEH -Professor Alan Jenkins,

Hydro Nation – Jon Rathjen,

The UK Water Partnership – Tony Rachwal

Q and A session

11.30: Launch the UKWP web based Research and Facilities Register

12.15: Update on LITSON and a Water Accelerator
Q and A session

13.00: Lunch

This event is free to attend will be of key interest to those working within the utilities, academic and business community, as well as policy makers.

If you would like to register please contact Jemma Tuckett ([email protected]) with the following information: name, email, business, position and contact number. Numbers are limited and registration closes on 6 June 2018.


New appointment to the Board of The UK Water Partnership

The Board of The UK Water Partnership is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Hans Jensen as a Director of The UK Water Partnership and co-ordinator of Research & Innovation delivery group.

Hans joins The UK Water Partnership from UKWIR (UK Water Industry Research), where he most recently held the position of Chief Executive.

He says: “This is an exciting time to join the Partnership with many prospects and opportunities to explore and plans to deliver. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to build upon the considerable achievements of Tony Rachwal and to join such a outstanding team”.

Hans will formally take up the position on 14 November 2018.

Venturi Innovation Portal: Newsletter Spring 2018

How can technology contribute to resilient flooding solutions?

The threat of flooding to our cities, towns, businesses and people is increasing year after year, but are we getting any better at protecting ourselves from this important threat?

Continuing advances in technology can help us to become better informed, better prepared and importantly more resilient, rather than reactive.

Can some communities protect themselves completely from floods, or should they focus on designing and engineering ways to lessen the impact of flooding and ensure all is in place to return to normality as quickly as possible, with minimal damage and disruption?

Here, we look at some of the latest projects and developments across the world which have come as a result of evidence-based research, and hear from those leading the way in helping our communities and decision makers become better prepared, and better protected. Link below:

A Focus on Flooding

Advertisement: Seeking Directors of CEGG and R&I

Advertisement: Seeking Directors of CEGG and R&I

Mark Lane and Tony Rachwal are deeply saddened to be moving on from their roles as Directors of The UK Water Partnership. Subject to election, Mark will be appointed Master of The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators while Tony is retiring to West Country and will still be involved in the Partnership through the Research and Innovation Group. Both of the directors were instrumental in the creation of the Partnership and have driven several key initiatives during the first three years of the UKWP. The success of the Partnership will continue to be led by Mark and Tony as they handover the reins in November 2018.

The UK Water Partnership is therefore seeking two individuals to fulfill the following roles:

  • Director and Co-Ordinator of the Research and Innovation Group.
  • Director and Co-Ordinator of the Commercialisation and Economic Growth Group

The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 28 February 2018.

Job description and further information can be found below:

UKWP_R&I_Director_Advertisement_2018                     UKWP_CEGG_Director_Advertisement_2018

UK Flood Partnership launched to rival Dutch exports

Key stakeholders in the UK flooding sector came together on 19 September 2017 at the launch event for the UK Flood Partnership. The body aims to become a trusted public-private collaboration for UK flood risk solutions and advisory services while also bridging the gap between an industry described by many at the event as “fragmented […]

The UK Water Partnership: A Year in Review

“I commend this Annual Review to you. It highlights the varied and indispensable work that The UK Water Partnership is undertaking to catalyse and enable collaborative UK initiatives for the benefit of stakeholders and society more widely in the water space. I look forward to the next 12 months with confidence, and to a continuing contribution to the ‘Water First’ agenda.”
– Rt Hon Richard Benyon MP

Please click the link below to access the review:

The UK Water Partnership – A Year in Review