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Delivering efficiency in AMP6, London

10 October, 2016 | 14:00 - 18:15

Water treatment works.
Water treatment works.

About this event

Autumn 2016 is a critical time for the water industry. Companies are 18 months into Asset Management Period 6 (AMP6), many are approaching peak spend on their capital programmes and planning for regulatory change.

The five-year AMP6 period is focussed on efficiency and innovation, ultimately delivering improved customer outcomes. Companies are operating under the banner of TOTEX (total expenditure) and are under pressure to meet environmental standards, improve customer service, and maintain below-inflation price increases.

With further regulatory developments on the way, including the opening of non-domestic retail competition in April 2017 and the next price review in 2019 (PR19), water companies must have longer term focus and preparations for AMP7 are already beginning. 

This event will explore how operational and capital delivery approaches are optimised in the TOTEX world, presenting a valuable learning opportunity for all professionals engaged with the water supply sector. Speakers will cover: 

  • Technical, commercial and procurement aspects of AMP6 approaches
  • How to integrate approaches to achieve the lowest whole life cost, sustainable services and affordability for customers
  • How the latest regulatory outlook will impact the sector now and in the future 


14.00 - Registration and Refreshments

14.30 - Chair’s Introduction to Session 1 
                 Phill Mills, Chair, ICE Expert Water Panel 

14.35 - More for Less - the Importance of Efficiency in the 2019 Price Review 

  • Efficiency in context – balancing resilience, the environment, affordability, financeability and customer preferences
  • Driving efficiency through regulation
  • Delivering efficiency through markets

Jacob Wood, Principal Economist, Ofwat

14.55 - Driving Customer Service and Efficiency Forward Through Innovation

  • The changing water sector landscape, the challenges and opportunities
  • New thinking and developments offering ways forward
  • Landing and embedding innovation

Tony Conway, visiting Professor of Water, University of Sheffield

15.15 - Questions and answers

15.35 - Refreshments, networking and exhibition

16.05 - Chair’s Introduction to Session 2

16.10 - The Partnership Approach to Catchment Management

  • South West Water’s development of a partner led programme
  • Strategic company advantages of this approach
  • Additional benefits (such as access to match funding and additional catchment biodiversity benefits)

Dr. David M. Smith – Upstream Thinking and Environment Manager, South West Water 

16.30 - Delivery Performance through an Integrated Supply Chain

  • Challenges faced in delivery and solutions
  • Benefits of a more integrated supply chain
  • Changing organisation and processes to enable improvement

Dale Evans – Managing Director @onealliance, Anglian Water

16.50 - Questions and answers

17.10 - Chair’s summary

17.15 - Drinks reception, networking and exhibition

18.15 - Finish


Professor Tony Conway

Tony Conway

Tony is a former Executive Director of United Utilities, a water and wastewater utility serving the north west of England and has over thirty years’ experience in the industry. He has led asset management, operations and engineering functions, as well as business change, transformation and regulatory programmes.

During AMP5 he led engineering activity relating to United Utilities £3.6 billion capital programme, together with shaping the company's “Future Concept of Operation”. In December 2012, as Strategic Programmes Director, his focus was identifying leading water utility innovation from around the globe.

Retiring from UU in March 2015, Tony is a Professor at the University of Sheffield Water Centre where he is Chairman of the 2065 Water Research Programme, and pursues research into the innovative, integrated and optimised water utility. He is a Non Executive Director of Aquam, a Director of the Water Industry Forum, a Special Adviser to United Kingdom Water Industry Research and advises a range of organisations operating in the water market. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Dale Evans

Dale Evans

Dale is responsible for overall management of the @one alliance, delivering a capital programme of circa £200 million a year and is a member of the @one Alliance Board.

He is a member of the IUK Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and recently led a cross-infrastructure team in developing the IUK ICG Alliancing Best Practice Report (November 2014).

Prior to this Dale held a number of senior management roles in asset management, operations and in the development of international concession contracts. His career has included periods in the US and New Zealand.

Jacob Wood

Jacob Wood

Principal Economist, Ofwat

Jacob Wood is an economist with eight years’ experience working in utility regulation. He currently leads Ofwat’s work in their Water 2020 programme on the design of markets and regulation for water resources, sludge and direct procurement for customers.

Prior to this he helped design and deliver Ofwat’s first retail price controls in the 2014 price review (PR14). Before joining Ofwat he worked at Ofgem. He covered a range of regulatory and market issues including investigating how to improve electricity market liquidity, modelling long term security of supply issues for electricity and gas and assessing distribution network company efficiency. He hopes that his experience of market liquidity issues will prove useful in the water sector.

David M Smith

Environmental Manager and Programme Manager, South West Water

David is currently South West Water’s Environmental Manager and Programme Manager for their flagship catchment management programme “Upstream Thinking”. He has worked in the water industry since 2010 as a catchment manager and was previously Project Manager for the Exmoor Mires, a SWW led peatland partnership restoration project that brings about hydrological function change in drained peatland through ditch blocking practices.

David has an Ecologist with D.Phil in peatland restoration and has co-authored publications with SWW’s research partners at Exeter, Bristol and other UK Universities on restoration hydrology, greenhouse gas modification and vegetation changes.