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Black Voices in the Water Industry: From Talk to Action

Published: 20/07/2021

logo for the Institute of WaterThe Institute of Water continues its series of ‘Black Voices in the Water Industry’ webinars with a discussion between Ian McAulay, CEO of Southern Water and Peter Simpson, CEO of Anglian Water.

The first three events resulted in a video capturing the highlights and aimed at attracting allies and making a difference.

Now Ian and Peter have agreed to discuss what their organisations are doing to raise awareness of and combat racism and to support under-represented groups both in the workplace and the community.

The discussion will be chaired by Shanice Burke, a consultant (Operations Transformation) at Capgemini Invent who has participated in each of the preceding events and features in the video.

Shanice said:

“Following the first three Black Voices webinars, I’m excited to hear what changes have been made at Anglian and Southern Water to tackle the inequalities that exist. I feel that focussing on apprenticeships and targeting minorities to increase BAME representation could be the way forward. It will be particularly interesting to hear what the respective organisations plan to do in order to appeal to a young diverse generation.”

Join them in a webinar on Tuesday 3 August 3.30-5pm to hear if things have changed for people from minority groups in the water industry in terms of:

  • Increasing the number employees
  • Changing how they are treated and whether they feel more integrated
  • Increasing the number in middle and senior management roles

There will be an opportunity for all to pose questions and extend the discussion. The webinar is open to all to attend; simply visit The Institute of Water's events page and click the Book Now button at the top of the page.

The Institute of Water was founded in 1945, and is the only professional body that exclusively supports the careers of anyone working in the UK water sector. As a professional engineering institution licensed by the Engineering Council, it can assess individuals for professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), or Chartered Engineer (CEng).