Excitement is brewing as Utility Week Live 2024 approaches. We are once again partnering with this fantastic event, delivering a session focusing on people and talent, and exhibiting at stand K16.

Gabrielle Mandell, our Chief Executive, will be leading a panel discussion on the Innovation Stage. Set to chair the Institute of Water session titled ‘Innovation and beyond: how can we transform the industry’s approach to people and talent?’ on May 21st at 3 pm, Gaby and her panel of experts promise an enlightening exploration into revolutionizing the water sector’s approach to people management.

The session boasts an impressive lineup of speakers, each bringing unique perspectives and experiences to the table:

  • Ian Barker, Vice President Environment, Institute of Water
  • Jason Elliott, Co-Founder, Get Knowledge
  • Gemma Betney, Head of Workforce Demand & Resourcing, Anglian Water Services
  • Angela Day, Head of People, Risk and Compliance, Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL)

Together, they’ll delve into insights, strategies, and case studies that highlight innovative initiatives within water sector organizations. Attendees can expect a dynamic exchange of ideas, fostering an environment ripe for learning and collaboration.

In addition to the enlightening session, we’re thrilled to announce our exhibition at Stand K16. Stop by to connect with our team, explore our latest initiatives, and learn more about how we’re driving change in the water sector.

Utility Week Live is renowned for its comprehensive content program, and this year promises to be its most extensive yet. With over 3,000 pan-utility professionals expected to convene at the NEC, Birmingham on May 21-22, attendees will have unparalleled access to the latest innovations, insights, and solutions shaping the industry’s future.

The best part? Access to this enlightening session is absolutely free! Simply secure your place and join us for what promises to be a transformative discussion. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of the conversation driving change in the water management landscape.

Secure your free spot now by registering here: https://register.visitcloud.com/survey/2r8obihui9ndr?actioncode=NTWO000265ZEA&partner-contact=301nxuwugr5x4

The Institute of Water’s National Drilling and Tapping competition took place in Birmingham at Utility Week Live on the 21st and 22nd May and proved again to be an exciting two days, drawing in a lively crowd, fantastic support and a lot of noise!

The Talis Men’s competition saw a close battle between underdogs Clancy Docwra, who have never previously made it to a Drilling and Tapping final and past champions Anglian Water who were both looking to take the trophy from last year’s winners Northumbrian Water.

The competition came down to the last run as both teams successfully secured a ‘quality tap’ however it was Anglian Water who stormed to victory and claimed back the title from Northumbrian Water with a run of 2 minutes 13 seconds. Jason Barratt (Solutions Delivery Engineer) and Lee Maddock (Clancy DOCWRA operative) from the Anglian Water team will now go on to represent the UK once again in next year’s 2020 World Water Cup competition in Orlando Florida!

Jason was delighted with their final run and said:

We had to stay cool under pressure and bring it home safely, sometimes that can be the difference between a win and a loss. We’re thrilled to have the Talis title once again and look forward to representing the UK in 2020!

There was no Women’s competition this year, however, Northumbrian Water Ladies team were recognised for their participation in the UK competition and awarded by sponsor Mueller.

We’d also like to wish Colin Pearson and Alan Dixon the best of luck from Northumbrian Water who are competing at the ACE competition, representing the UK in Denver next month!

Drilling and Tapping Competition 2019 Results

 1st Place and winner of the Talis Men’s Trophy
Anglian Water, 2mins 13secs

Clancy Docwra, 2mins 36secs

 3rd Place
Waternet, 2mins 47secs

The Institute of Water would like to thank all the teams, sponsors and judges involved in this year’s competition. There will be a full write up of the competition in the next issue of the magazine.

The UK Drilling and Tapping competition is organised by the Institute of Water. The next competition takes place at Utility Week Live in Birmingham’s NEC 2020. Entries and enquiries to Megan Williams (Institute of Water) at megan@instituteofwater.org.uk. Web: www.drillingandtapping.co.uk @drillandtapping