European Waste Water Management

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Steering Committee

Amber Bullen, Yorkshire WaterAmber Bullen, Yorkshire Water

Amber is Yorkshire Water’s Treatment Policy Manager and manages a team of technical specialists who are responsible for resolving technical challenges arising throughout the entire life cycle of YWs treatment assets. From cradle to grave of assets the team provides support to the business through: the Periodic Review, writing and maintaining Asset Standards; design and capital scheme input; and optimisation and compliance recommendations. The team strives to provide the highest quality technical and process support to the business. Amber also works on supporting the business through treatment capabilities for strategy as well as holding a keen interest in innovation and technologies that will enable YW to meet its future aspirations.

After award of a Masters in Chemistry from the University of York and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Leeds, Amber joined Yorkshire Water in 2005 as a graduate. Her roles have included Senior Project Engineer, Optimisation Engineer, Planning Engineer and Technical Specialist before landing in her current role. She is also a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Scientist.

Pete Vale, Severn Trent Water

Pete is a Technical Lead in Severn Trent Water’s Innovation Team.   He has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Sheffield and a Masters degree in Water and Wastewater Engineering from Cranfield University.

Pete has played a major role in developing and implementing Severn Trent’s nutrient removal and recovery strategy.  He led much of the research that resulted in the widespread adoption of biological nutrient removal processes in Severn Trent, including the installation of novel process flowsheets.  Over the last few years he has worked on phosphorus recovery and nitrogen shortcut technologies that have now been implemented at full scale in Severn Trent.  Current areas of focus include developing and evaluating technologies capable of meeting very low phosphorus standards, developing mainstream anaerobic sewage treatment processes and technologies for the recovery of valuable materials from wastewater.

Steve Bungay, Helix ECL

Steve is the founder and owner of Helix Environmental Consultancy Ltd, which is an independent consultancy, specialising in the process design and commissioning of wastewater treatment plants, anaerobic digesters, and liquor treatment plants.

He is a practising scientist; dividing his time amongst desk based design work, on-site commissioning and trouble-shooting, and working as an Expert Witness. He has a degree in combined science from Brighton Polytechnic, a masters degree in air and water pollution control from the University of Westminster, and a masters degree in water and wastewater engineering from Cranfield University.

Steve is a Chartered Biologist, a Member of the Royal Society of Biology, and a Member of CIWEM. He chairs CIWEM’s Wastewater and Biosolids technical panel, and is the wastewater specialist for the Foundation for Water Research. Steve is also a guest lecturer at Cranfield University.

He has a wealth of experience in the water and environmental sectors, and he works as an Expert Witness in the fields of wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion, and odour control.

Jenni Hughes,  Thames Water

Jenni is part of the Wastewater Regulation team at Thames Water, where her main responsibility was the delivery of the company’s requirements for the Chemical Investigations Programme (2). She is also involved with investigating other areas of emerging research in waste water regulation, including microplastics.

Jenni joined Thames Water’s graduate programme in 2012, in clean water operations. Prior to this, she completed a BSc in Earth Science and Geography and an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology, at Lancaster University.

Jenni has just finished a 12 month secondment with Defra Water Quality team. Her role in policy delivery covered chemicals in the water environment and anti-microbial resistance, amongst other topics, and gave her the opportunity to take part in House of Lords debates and cross-Government working groups and undertake research to aid in policy making.

Arthur Thornton, Atkins