In recent years British Water has played a crucial role in bringing water companies and the supply chain together. The Water Industry Journal speaks to Lloyd Martin as he reflects on his time at the helm and his search for a successor:
association for the water sector and we reach our 25th anniversary in 2018. It is a credit to our members and the management team that British Water is thriving and such a strong brand nationally and in global terms.
“The supply chain companies we represent now have a greater extent and diversity than they did even a decade ago. Activity extends well beyond water supply and wastewater treatment – it takes in data management companies, cybersecurity, intellectual property – areas outside the traditional scope of infrastructure and engineering.
“The British Water team has done a fantastic job in growing the membership faster than ever in recent months. Thirty new companies have come on-board since April 2017 and we are well equipped to take on the challenges of the changing water industry.
“I’m delighted to welcome back the water companies as members too. South West Water, Anglian Water and Northumbrian Water are now fully signed up and we expect more to join.
“In recent years British Water has played an important role in bringing water companies and the supply chain together with our popular Innovation Exchange events where supply chain companies present their services and technologies to potential clients. Utilities have a lot to offer to their supply chains as well, so the benefits flow in both directions.
“As I retire later this year the search is underway for fresh leadership talent. Our members need guidance on general business best practice, and the new chief executive will need to demonstrate drive and determination to grow the organisation even as the landscape is changing dramatically. But it is a labour of love and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve done here.”