Annual Developer Conference

A sustainable future through collaboration


On the 22 September 2023 we held our first conference for our Commercial Developers and other stakeholders including our NAV and SLP customers, land promoters, Local Planning Authorities, Lead Local Flood Authorities and other third parties, including OFWAT.

Wow – what a day we had at our Annual Developer Conference, we were delighted to be joined by representatives from across the housing developer sector to discuss how we can work together and sustainably connect communities for a better future. 


A big thank you to everyone who joined us and took part in the day! If you attended our conference we would really value your feedback, please let us know how you felt about the day here. We are looking forward to seeing your feedback and using it to make future events even better.


Highlights from the day.

Pete Holland (Director of Customer and Wholesale Services, Anglian Water) hosted the day, welcoming all the attendees and our speakers and also chairing our panel session. Peter Simpson (CEO of Anglian Water) opened the day and welcomed everyone to a day of collaboration. We heard from industry and environmental experts Ed Lockhart (CEO of the Future Homes Hub) and Andrew Taylor (Group Director of Vistry Partnerships) in keynote addresses. Ed took us through the Future Homes Hub's new Water Efficiency roadmap, and the importance of water efficient new build homes to ensure growth in our region is sustainable. Andrew highlighted the opportunities surrounding growth in our region and the impacts of the governments Levelling Up initiative.

In the afternoon we held breakout sessions where Alison Turner (NHH Operations Manager, Anglian Water) and Hannah Calderon (DS Strategy Manager, Anglian Water) hosted a session on The future of Regulation in the Water Sector for Development Services, and they covered an overview of changes to DS and the transition into AMP8. George Warren (Integrated Water Manager, Anglian Water) and Rebecca Radford (Project manager Water Smart Communities, Anglian Water) were joined by Paul Shaffer (Director of Innovation and Delivery of CIWEM) and Vikki William (Digital Water Leader at ARUP) who together, hosted a session on Enabling Water Smart Communities and increasing the awareness of this project. Finally, we had Jonathan Glerum (Head of Sustainable Growth) together with Matt Williams (Flood and Growth Manager from Suffolk County Council) who covered SuDS and the Schedule 3 implementation.

Throughout the day, we also had 14 suppliers hosting market stalls in the main networking area and this created a great buzz during breaks.


We held a panel session on “How the housing and developer industry can shape and support sustainable growth”. Pete Holland chaired the session, Peter Simpson, Ben Brownbill (Technical Director - Infrastructure Gateway), Stephen Bradley (Managing Director - Icosa Water) and Richard Hepworth (Group Director - Project Management at Urban & Civic) answered questions surrounding key environmental and political topics.