Water Taskforce

The Water Taskforce is a cross sectoral group that convenes to collaborate around shared problems on water and the natural environment. We use action research to address challenging environmental issues that impact across sectors and in partnership with government.

The Water Taskforce projects have identified that cross cutting themes such as innovative financing mechanisms, digital and skills are integral to overcoming environmental challenges that will achieve positive social change. We apply these themes through our three priority programme areas:

  • Healthy Ecosystems - BITC is working with businesses to improve the health of water, soil and habitats by working through their supply chains
  • Water Resilient Cities - A city wide programme on sustainable urban drainage (SuDs) for 367 schools and NHS sites in the urban pioneer, Greater Manchester would see a return on investment within 10 years and up to £14million in multiple benefits, including health and social benefits.
  • The Circular Economy of Water - Increasingly waste is travelling through drains and overland to end its journey in our marine and aquatic environments. BITC will highlight how businesses are working to address this, lead employee engagement opportunities and convene businesses around a commitment for change.

If you would like more information about the Taskforce please contact Katherine Spooner, Head of Water

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Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water (Chair)

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Richard Aylard, Director, Thames Water

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Jan Dixon, Deputy Director for Water Quality, Defra

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Mark Fletcher, Global Lead for Water, Arup

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Richard Flint, CEO, Kelda group (Yorkshire Water)

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Pete Fox, Director of Water, Land and Biodiversity, Environment Agency

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Kirsten Green, Deputy Director for Water Quality, Defra

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Andrew Griffiths, Head of Sustainability, Nestle

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Chris Harrop, Group Marketing Director, Marshalls

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Craig Lonie, Director of Strategy, Southern Water

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Chris Matthews, Head of Sustainability, United Utilities

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Henrik Pederson, Director, Adler and Allan

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Catherine Schefer, Managing Director, Stantec

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Alex Vaughan, Managing Director, Costain

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Richard Warneford, Director of Wastewater, Northumbrian Water