Water Community of Practice

Expertise from across the water sector considers issues such as demand management, flood risk and security.

The panel works with ICE staff to guide a number of activities including development of policy, event planning and the provision of knowledge to the membership and beyond. The panel also undertakes its own three-year programme of activity focusing on a number of key areas.

Meet the panel

The Water panel is made up of a variety of industry experts. Find out more about our panel chair and details of the panel's members.

  • Panel chair: Craig Woolhouse

    Water Community of Practice

    I have over 30 years of experience, primarily in flood risk management but also in water resources, catchment management and navigation. Most of my career has been in the public sector with the Environment Agency. In particular I am proud of leading our improvements to flood forecasting, warning and incident response capabilities since the 2007 summer floods. During major floods I have undertaken media roles, attended COBRA and regularly briefed Ministers.


Other panel members

Panel member name Employer
Chris Binnie Independent
Neill Brauders Mott MacDonald
John Hensman GHD Livigunn
Jason Jones Turner & Townsend
Ian Kirkaldy Black & Veatch
Tim Knobbs WSP
Dr Jennifer Laight Arup
Stewart Tennant GHD
Ben Piper Atkins
Julian Welbank Wessex Water

What are we working on?

In addition to supporting ICE policy, events and best practice, the panel operates its own work programme which focuses on a number of key areas:

  • UK Water Security - Highlighting the need for UK governments to establish a water security taskforce and a roadmap to deliver water security by 2025
  • Demand Management - Encouraging governments, regulators and water companies to adopt universal metering with appropriate tariffs to help consumers understand and thus manage their use
  • Interconnections - Exploring the pros and cons of various water transfer methods, how the can be promoted and how regulatory barriers can be removed
  • Flood Risk Management - Supporting a strategic approach to flood management incorporating flood defence, surface water management and upstream catchment measures to improve overall infrastructure resilience