Our Consultants | L&DA

All our Consultants have extensive industrial experience in their own particular field and many years of higher level management service in the UK and International Water Sector. Our Consultants all hold current Teaching and Assessing qualifications and maintain their professional development through membership of appropriate institutions

Tim Ackerley

Water Treatment Specialist
Tim AckerleyStarted career with Associated Lead Manufacturers mid 1970’s in the quality control laboratory. Duties included sampling and testing of raw materials and finished products to BS standards along with treatment of cooling water, air monitoring and quality control reporting. Later employed by a water company, progressed through the water quality department, supervising the Filter & Building team until becoming Technical Services Manager in 1989. This was a new post to deal with the forthcoming regulation and AMP 1! Contributed to the Water UK leakage initiative, also becoming a member on a variety of national and regional groups including the use of GIS within the water industry. Training staff in emergency planning and operational standby duties, Tim has also presented talks on the River Dee system to many varied groups. From 1997 he was Treatment Manager upon the merger of two local water companies and gained a MBA during the process. He later chaired the River Dee management committee, working closely with the Environment Agency and two other major abstractors. Tim has also managed an outsourced chemical evaporator process for Veolia Water and been a Water Treatment Plant Project Engineer on a power station for E.ON, along with later becoming the station’s Environment Officer. He has been an active member of the Institute of Water since 1982. Worked as an associate with a water training specialist (2015 -2016) and acting water consultant/Engineering Manager for a company manufacturing and supplying water filters and jugs.


Mike Bowen

Incident Management Specialist
Mike has over 40 years’ experience within the Water Industry in the UK, mainly in customer service, control room management, alarm management and incident management. He has experience in coordinating and running incidents, monitoring and control of alarms and allocation of resources. He is aware of the intricacies of incident management and has designed training interventions for duty managers.


Terry Chesworth

Waste Water Network Specialist
Terry has over 30 years’ experience in the management of wastewater networks, with a proven track record in the fields of contract and project management, environmental and financial regulation, operational management and asset management. Terry has also played a key role in the development and delivery of training and behavioural change initiatives to support major business and process change programmes, including improving partnership working in contract and programme delivery. Terry has recently successfully undertaken a series of bespoke training courses to improve the performance and relationships of client and contractor staff who are managing long-term operational maintenance contracts.


Keith Edwards

Chartered Engineer
Keith Edwards is a Graduate of London’s Kingston University and is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Water and Environmental Manager and Environmentalist. Keith is a life-long Water Industry practitioner with extensive competency development and training experience. He has more than 35 years’ experience as an Engineer and Manager for Anglian Water and East Surrey Water. Keith has held many senior management roles dealing with Water Distribution and Treatment, Sewage Treatment and Sewerage Collection Networks. Keith is a qualified Teacher and an Assessor and for the last twelve years, he has focused on training and the development of competency within the operational workforce and is currently a Learning and Development Specialist delivering training and advice to students at all levels within the Industry.


Ahmed Esat

Water Network Specialist
Ahmed has 28+ years’ commercial and operational experience from progressive management roles in UK public and Global private sector. Ahmed’s expertise lies in multi-utility infrastructure, operations, asset management, business development, consultancy management, stakeholder engagement, risk and auditing, and investment benefits realisation, where he has successfully led strategic projects in fast-paced change environments. Ahmed also has extensive lecturing and assessing experience in engaging with partner universities and professional bodies conducting design and delivery for Business Studies, Leadership, Management, Built Environment, Procurement and Utility sector disciplines. Ahmed is currently completing his Executive MBA programme at Lancaster University Management School.


Peter Ferenczy

Chartered Engineer
Peter is a chartered engineer with 30 years of experience in the water industry. Over 15 years were as the Engineering and Asset Manager with Bournemouth Water proving experience in the fields of contract and project management, health and safety, environmental and financial regulation, network analysis, water resources and asset management.

He is an independent consultant currently working with Wessex Water on assisting with their PR19 business plan and water resources management plan.


William Love

Water Network Specialist
William has been in the Water Industry for 30 years, progressing through Supervisory and Management Roles. He then became an NVQ Assessor and Trainer which led to roles in Learning & Development, firstly as an Advisor then a Centre Manager. As a Learning & Development Partner Centre Manager William was responsible for managing a large apprenticeship programme and was Premises Manager for a major Irish Water Company.

Over the last 10 years, William has designed and delivered training on a wide variety of industry related topics, Networks and Leakage, IOSH Managing Safely and Calm Network Training.


John Lyons

Water Network Specialist
John Lyons has over 30 years experience in the water industry. Specialising in clean water, John spent 27 years with United Utilities with a career spanning Asset Management, Water Resource and Production Planning, and Water Network Operations and Maintenance.

As an independent consultant for the past 3 years, John has provided training as well as onging consultancy in water network projects to a variety of clients including NWC Saudi Arabia, RPS, Welsh Water, Thames Water and currently Irish Water.


Geoff Miller

Water Production and Water Network Specialist
A Certified Risk Manager with a focus on Enterprise Risk Management across the sector, Geoff is a former Senior Manager with extensive experience at FTSE 100 level in an international, multi-utility environment.

Geoff is a strategic thinker with high levels of integrity and independence. A strong team player with the experience, patience and energy to lead transformational change via training, coaching and mentoring across the employee spectrum.

The last 25 years’ focus has been on development of enterprise risk management controls, plans & capabilities including ISO 31000 based: emergency & business continuity management; incident & crisis management; asset security & resilience; business & environmental quality management & associated corporate governance.


Stuart Owen

Operations Specialist
With over 25 years’ experience in the water industry, Stuart has a wealth of operational knowledge gained working for utility companies and contract organisations across the Northern and Southern Hemisphere with managerial responsibility for water network maintenance and capital / mains rehabilitation schemes covering design, research and use of innovative practices, programme and delivery.

Stuart is currently Infrastructure Manager for a utility company and has sat as representative on steering groups for use of innovative materials in street works and on the Water UK policy working group (Best practice for incident management – 2018 Freeze/Thaw Event).


Oberon Praties

Waste Water Treatment Specialist
Oberon PratiesOberon is a water industry specialist with over 25 years in the business. Having gained a Ph.D in Chemistry, she has undertaken a variety of roles within the business, her main focus being on the water, wastewater and sludge treatment processes. She gained status as a chartered environmentalist through the Institute of Water Officers and is dedicated to improving awareness of managing the impact of the industry on the environment through training and assessment. She has been involved in the design and delivery of many water industry training programmes across the UK.


Nick Preston

Chartered Engineer
Nick has over 35 years experience in the Construction and Water industries, he specialises in Operational performance improvement, Asset Management and Engineering across a wide range of engineering disciplines and sectors. Nick is passionate about developing the people of our future; it is through our people that we can innovate, improve customer service, research and develop new products, build, own, maintain and operate assets – to improve profitability. Nick has worked extensive with and for Water companies in the UK, Europe and Middle East most recently as a consultant providing Expert Witness, business improvement strategies, leakage reduction, pipeline rehabilitation options, R&D, leadership training and mentoring.


Martin Ralls

Water Network Specialist
Martin RallsA clean water networks specialist with over 20 years operational and leadership experience in areas such as Network Control, Asset Optimisation and Leakage Management. Martin also has extensive change management expertise with a proven track record in delivering large scale transformation initiatives.

Working as an independent consultant, Martin has worked with the majority of UK Water Companies over the past 6 years, focussing on accredited and bespoke competency development and training in areas of clean water network operations, leadership & management and hydraulics awareness.


John Ringham

Chartered Engineer
An experienced Director and Chief Executive with broad expertise at both operational and strategic levels, John has achieved, significant business efficiencies through leading and driving major transformational change, resulting in consistent and sustainable value for shareholders. John is seen as having good interpersonal skills and have the ability to translate and communicate technically complex matters into simple concepts appropriate for the audience. Master in Business Administration, Chartered Engineer, Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.


Howard Snowden

Chartered Engineer
Howard is a multi-disciplined chartered engineer with over 40 years experience in the water industry. His formative years were with Yorkshire Water Authority were he gained experience in the design, operation and management of water supply and waste water facilities in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Moving into a consultancy role, he was responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of capital works for a number of UK water supply companies.

During the past 25 years, Howard was responsible for the management and operation of the water supply undertaking on the Island of Jersey. During Howard’s time at Jersey Water he was responsible for the completion of Queen’s Valley Reservoir and the replacement of the original thermal sea water distillation desalination plant, with a modern electrically operated plant. In recent years, Howard has been training local college students and mentoring graduate engineers and technicians.


Steve Whipp

Chartered Engineer
Steve Whipp, a chartered Civil Engineer with over 40 years post qualification experience, is an independent consultant and since retiring from United Utilities where he was the Head of Innovation he has held a number of roles including as a visiting Professor to Cranfield University’s School of Water Science. Steve’s background lies in research and development particularly as applied to modern asset management practice. He has also developed a strong interest in embedding innovation into business. Steve has an international reputation for research leadership in water.


Keith Williams

Operations Specialist
With over 40 years operational experience in the water industry Keith has a wealth of operational knowledge as both an operations manager and then director. With a water utility company he was responsible for mains rehabilitation, estates, water abstraction and treatment production, water network, metering and operations control function as well as involvement in incident/event management. He successfully managed the operational merger of two water companies ensuring continued excellent operational good practice. He is a L3 qualified teacher.


Steven Willis-Culpitt

Waste Water Treatment Specialist
A graduate from Heriot Watt University, Steven is an experienced water, wastewater treatment, solid and liquid waste management, and anaerobic digestion professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry in a variety of scientific, operational, managerial and business improvement roles.

Steven’s range of experience in the industry and close working relationships with colleagues at all levels, allows him to be able to adopt the most suitable, flexible approach to training, tutoring and assessments allowing a tailored approach to the benefit of delegates and trainees.


Rob Wynn

Water Network Specialist
Credible and effective with extensive people management experience, Rob is passionate about the water environment and helping people and organisations understand, develop and implement strategies to manage and use this resource in the most efficient and effective way.

Rob has a sound water operations management background including river management, flood defence design & construction, catchment ecology, network management, leakage, new network design & construction, organisational & site level water efficiency strategy & implementation.

Extensive B2B and B2C customer service experience and a track record in strategy and policy development and implementation.

Board level experience through non-executive director roles in the energy advice and human resource management sectors.

A track record in the setting up and developing new teams and taking business into new areas. An effective coach and facilitator, he enjoys identifying, exploring and developing synergies between people, projects and organisations.