Water and Wastewater Industry Committee

The water industry is a multi-million pound international business providing clean drinking water and treating wastewater with mechanical engineers having important roles in the design, installation, operation, maintenance and management of the associated treatment processes. As such they are at the forefront of the industry's efforts to reduce energy and carbon and to improve living standards across the globe.

The Water and Wastewater Industry Committee has been established to provide a focal point for mechanical engineers working in the industry and as a platform for sharing knowledge both within the Institution and with other similar organisations such as CIWEM and ICE. Our main area of interest is the application of mechanical equipment in water/wastewater treatment process systems.  

The objectives of the committee are to:  

  • Liaise with internal Divisions and Groups, regions and external bodies to provide the Institutions focus within the Water Industry
  • Promote best practice
  • Provide a forum for the dissemination of information through events and publications
  • Support Institution members in their activities
  • Promote education, training and continuing professional development and seek opportunities to provide the Institution’s opinion on relevant water industry topics
  • Promote and judge the Filtration Prize

Committee members

Darren Hollins - Chair

Darren has been involved with the Institution since 2005, via the young members, the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group before finally helping to form the Water and Wastewater Technical Advisory Committee.

He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a MEng (hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering with Management in 2006 and has subsequently spent the last ten years working as a mechanical engineer within the water industry.

In 2013 Darren set up an independent consultancy where he has since been working with MWH and Severn Trent Water as the lead mechanical designer on the Birmingham Resilience Project.

Mark Keen - Vice Chair

Kevin Gaunt - Immediate Past Chair

Kevin is a Water Industry Consultant. He joined the Institution as a student member in 1978 and became a Chartered Engineer in 1993.

He graduated with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Bradford University in 1981 having been sponsored and employed by GEC Machines. Following graduation Kevin took up a role as a Design Engineer with GEC and progressed to the post of Principal Engineer.

Kevin moved to Severn Trent Water in 1990 working initially as a Project Manager on both Water and Wastewater Capital Projects before moving into an Engineering Standards role with responsibility for the development and maintenance of STW’s Mechanical and Electrical Standards. He then returned to Capital Project delivery managing multi-disciplinary teams of electrical, mechanical and civil engineers, following which he was appointed as the Engineering Standards Manager responsible for driving design standardisation and innovation throughout the Company. Kevin has also undertaken Operational roles managing teams that provide technical, project improvement and financial support to front-line Wastewater Asset Managers.

Kevin set up and managed STW’s MPDS Programme for many years with responsibility for supporting graduate mechanical engineers seeking to become chartered. He also set up, established and is a former chair of the Water and Wastewater TAC . Kevin left STW in February 2015 and now operates an independent Engineering Consultancy.

Philip Ashcroft

Gregg Barton

Gregg is a Director in the Turner & Townsend infrastructure business unit. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 19 years' experience as a practitioner of Project Management and Programme Management, from both a Technical and Commercial perspective. He has a wealth of experience within the UK in a number of sectors and industries including; utilities, power, transport, government and commercial. Gregg specialises in the delivery of complex and multi-site projects within the confines of regulated industries with multiple stakeholders, where the key drivers are public safety and perception.

He has worked in the water sector across the last three AMPs, commencing in AMP4 at Yorkshire Water.

As a Director, he leads the Turner & Townsend Infrastructure water sector team for the central and northern regions of the UK, supporting Yorkshire Water, United Utilities, Seven Trent, Scottish and Northumbrian Water. During the latter part of AMP5 he has been working with clients to help them develop their programme and TOTEX management approaches to deliver exceptional performance.

Jermaine Bernard BEng DIS CEng MIMechE

Jermaine became a Chartered Mechanical Engineer in 2010. He studied Mechanical Engineering with a Diploma in Industrial Studies at Loughborough University, graduating in 2001, and has also completed an HNC in Building Services Engineering.


Jermaine is currently a Principal Engineer for Arcadis Consulting. He has worked on both UK and overseas projects undertaking key design/consultancy roles, such as Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) and Independent Certifier. He has a broad multi-disciplinary engineering background covering water and wastewater, as well as utilities, energy, waste, rail and MEP services.

David Booth

Phil Churchill

Stephen Dawes

William Dobson

Charles Graham

Rob Grant

Rob is an Associate Director and Business Manager of Atkins and leads a regional division of mechanical, electrical & process engineers. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has been a Fellow of the Institution since 2012. Having graduated in 1994 with a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Newcastle University, Rob set out on a career in consultancy in the water industry. He worked with Haiste, Carl Bro, Halcrow and Grontmij before joining Atkins in 2013. He has a broad-ranging background in water and wastewater industry consulting engineering and project delivery. He has directed, managed and undertaken feasibility, outline design and multidisciplinary detailed design projects ranging from £1k to £50M in capital value, as well as managing and directing small- and large-scale tenders for consultancy services. He has worked with and for many of the UK’s water companies and their Tier 1 contractors, and has delivered projects in the US, Channel Islands, Eire, Gibraltar and the Middle East.

Nikki Riches

Nikki is Disinfection Programme Manager for Severn Trent Water, responsible for the Disinfection Capital Maintenance Programme and providing specialist technical support to the wider business.

Graduating from Hertfordshire University in 2001 with Mechanical Engineering and becoming Chartered in 2007, Nikki has spent her career working within the Water Industry.

Starting as a graduate at Severn Trent Water she then spent some time overseas working for consultancy firms in New Zealand and Australia before returning back to the UK and spending a few years working in the Water & Environment Division at Atkins, finally going full circle and rejoining Severn Trent Water in 2010. She has been involved in feasibility, through to outline/detailed design, construction, testing & commissioning and handover on a small number of waste schemes but predominantly on disinfection systems (commercial hypochlorite/on-site generation & UV). She is now responsible for managing the disinfection capital programme.

Within her role she has been involved in the development of a standard factory built UV unit and letting the design, build and service contract. She is developing disinfection standard products including the development of new software.

Blake Ridley

Susan Robinson

Susan RobinsonSusan is the technical leader for MEICA engineering in Amec Foster Wheeler E&I UK, ensuring the technical competence of staff, that procedures are fit for purpose and a consistently high standard of technical output. She has over 25 years’ experience of technical leadership, project engineering, staff management and project management of multi-disciplinary engineering & environmental consultancy projects predominantly in the water and wastewater sectors. She is particularly fond of providing robust solutions to tricky problems in water abstraction, treatment and distribution.

Susan has been committed to professional development since starting her own career as a graduate on Severn Trent’s MPDS scheme in 1986.  Since then she has developed and supported engineers’ professional development through her roles as staff manager, registered mentor (IMechE & IET) and OU engineering tutor. Susan has been FIMechE since 2003.

Emile Thomas

David Thompson

Simon Whatley

Simon is an independent consultant to the Water Industry, providing technical advice to a variety of clients on issues relating to mechanical equipment used for the movement, pumping, and treatment of water and waste water. He was previously Principal Mechanical Engineer at Thames Water.

He has been chair of the Fluid Machinery Group for 4 years from 2012 and is also a member of the Water and Wastewater Industry Committee of the Process Industries Division, a member of the Management Advisory committee of the Technical Strategy Board, Professional Review Interview panel member and chair, an Industrial Advisor for the water industry, and a STEM Ambassador.

Ting Wing-Kuen

Ting is currently a Project Manager, Water Sector. He commenced his career as a mechanical engineering professional with the Hong Kong Water Supplies Department in 1982. He had worked in different divisions and gained experience encompassing operation, maintenance, design and project delivery. He was the Operations Engineer for the Hong Kong and Island Region until 1991.

He then took up the position of Principal Engineer with Anglian Water in the United Kingdom. He led a multi-discipline engineering team with technical responsibility for delivering M&E orientated schemes including GAC, ozone and ion exchange plant. He became a project manager for the regulated capital works programme in 1995. His project experience had subsequently diversified into international projects including DBO and concession projects, DBO project for regulated capitals, partnering/alliancing contractor capability procurement projects for AMP4/AMP5 and commercial joint venture projects for wind energy application in the Water Sector.

Ting is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of IMechE since 1999. He is a member of the Process Industry Division Board with specific responsibility for Prize and Award matters. Ting was also a MPDS mentor for young engineers aspiring to Chartered membership for Anglian Water.

Ting left Anglian Water in October 2015 and is in the course of setting up his own consultancy.

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