Richard Warneford in suit and striped tie looks at the camera

Richard Warneford

Waste Water Director,
Northumbrian Water

Water Taskforce

Richard Warneford is a water industry professional with more than 25 years of experience covering water and waste water operations, project management, engineering and commercial activity. As Waste Water Director he leads Northumbrian Water’s waste water operations including field customer service, networks, treatment works and sludge operations. Richard also leads the Company’s new development activity for both water and waste water services, also chairing the national Infrastructure Policy Group. In addition to the operationally focused work Richard also heads the employee relations framework.

Richard is a board member of UK Water Industry Research and is keen on partnering and collaborating with regulators and stakeholders alike. Richard is a chartered civil engineer and is a member of the northern advisory board of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Richard is a keen WaterAid supporter and visited Zambia with industry and WaterAid colleagues in 2013.

About Business in the Community’s Water Taskforce

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

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

The group has 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.

The taskforce supports BITC’s Environment Leadership Team, who are helping business drive innovation that turns the threats of the climate emergency into opportunity for people and nature.

Find out more about BITC’s work on the environment.