Professional Standards Committee

The Professional Standards Committee exists to ensure that all members comply with the standards applicable to their grade of membership and that the Institute continues to grow and flourish at an appropriate rate.

The Professional Standards Committee is responsible for:

  • Defining and setting the standards for our various grades of membership
  • Maintaining a suitable code of conduct and disciplinary and appeals processes
  • Promoting, encouraging and monitoring Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Upholding the terms of licences granted by the Engineering Council, Science Council and Society for the Environment, including training and developing assessors and maintaining a uniformity of assessment processes
  • Co-operating with Universities, Institutions and other educational and training bodies within the water sector
  • Agreeing nominations for Fellow and Honorary Fellow Membership and identifying potential members to nominate for wider recognition
  • Assisting with and overseeing delivery of all relevant aspects of the Business Plan, with a focus on actions to drive increased membership recruitment and retention

The Professional Standards Committee oversees the following aspects of membership:


  • Professional Registrations
  • CPD
  • Mentoring
  • Specialist one-day Conferences
  • Journal & Quarterly Magazine
  • Awards & Bursaries
  • Introduction to the Water Industry course
  • Links with Academia
  • STEM Partnership


The Committee meets 3-4 times each year and is made up of the three Vice Presidents – Engineering, Environment and Science – plus up to 8 other members.

Committee Members

Robin Price (Chair)

Position: Vice President Science

Company: Water Resources East

Pete Barratt

Position: Science Registrant

Company: N/A

Ian Barker

Position: Vice President Environment

Company: Water Policy International

Gemma Williams

Position: Environment Registrant

Company: Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Jo Parker

Position: Vice President Engineering

Company: Watershed Associates

Sam Phillips

Position: Engineering Registrant

Company: N/A

Kirsty Ayres

Position: YWP Rep

Company: WSP

Matt Bower

Position: CPD Champion

Company: DWQR Scotland

Tom Curtis

Position: Academic

Company: Newcastle University

Catherine Fearon

Position: National Vice Chair

Company: Anglian Water

Ian Limb

Position: HR expert

Company: Portsmouth Water