Simon Walker, Candover Consulting Ltd

Simon Walker, Candover Consulting Ltd

Simon is an expert in future focused leadership, team and organisational development. His particular interest is the impact of technology and social media on the world of work and in particular how this affects leadership and organisational design.

He is an expert on Generational Diversity (the differing expectations, preferences and attitudes of different generations) and has researched this area widely.  He has co-authored several reports including ’Generation Y: what they want from work’.

He draws on first-hand leadership experience having led teams on arctic expeditions and round the world yacht races as well as business experience, being CEO of a leading sports marketing business for seven years, and setting up subsidiary businesses in the USA and the Middle East.


Simon will take our theme Sharing Knowledge for a Changing World and talk on “Future Proofing Your Organisation - The Future of Work and Leadership”

Rapid changes in technology are impacting the way we conduct almost every aspect of our daily lives.  Employees outside of work now have access to technology that allows them to connect, share, collaborate, learn and access information in ways that simply aren’t done within most organisations.

This experience is driving expectations of how we work and brings with it opportunities and challenges. To make the most of these opportunities calls for changes in how we lead, the cultures we create and the technologies we use.

Simon will explore:

  • The drivers of the changing world of work and the typical expectations and preferences that are emerging
  • The changes in leadership behaviour, business processes and technology required to attract and keep the talent to deliver the products and services our customers expect
  • The characteristics of sustainable, competitive organisations in water, gas and waste sectors


Ian McAulay, Chief Executive, Viridor

Ian McAulay, Chief Executive, Viridor

Ian will talk on The Circular Economy - a Driving Force for Change

Ian joined as Chief Executive of Viridor and Executive Director of Pennon Group PLC in September 2013. Prior to joining Viridor, Ian was Chief of Global Strategy and Corporate Development with MWH Global based in the US and previously Managing Director, Capital Programmes, at United Utilities. Ian is a chartered civil engineer, has a degree in civil engineering and has successfully completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme and Cambridge University’s Business and Environment Programme.

Ian will be talking about Viridor’s evolution as a company within the emerging circular economy model showing examples of circular economy in practice and looking at some challenges for the audience in terms to how to make circular economy a practical reality.


Jon Brigg, Manager of Innovation, Yorkshire Water

Jon Brigg, Manager of Innovation, Yorkshire Water

Jon will describe the development of a significant and ground breaking project which integrates water, waste and resource recovery opportunities in a systemic approach.  The project aim is to inform and physically demonstrate opportunities in customer value and service, industrial symbiosis, business resilience and societal and environmental benefit.  The approach is bold and demonstrates a commitment to deliver novel, integrated solutions as Yorkshire Water and the Industry enters a new and challenging era.

An initial career in agriculture led Jon to a role in Yorkshire Water in 1992.  Jon's current challenge is to build and drive a programme of transformational innovation projects  built upon the principles of circular economy and aggregation.  This will be achieved using experience gained through science, operational, R&D, commercial, procurement, fleet and leadership roles. The outcome will be to lead progress toward delivering Yorkshire Water's vision of 'taking responsibility for the water environment for good' via Strategic Business Objectives and Performance Commitment targets (look up at, to safely deliver customer value, service and sustainable business growth.

Eileen Linklater, Client Relationship & Marketing Manager, EMEC

Eileen Linklater, Client Relationship & Marketing Manager, EMEC

Eileen will talk on Innovate, Collaborate, Generate – A Pathway to Commercialisation for New Technologies.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in Orkney, is the world’s leading research and test centre for marine renewable energy – testing new machines that generate electricity from waves and tide.

Eileen joined EMEC in August 2009 as Client Relationship and Marketing Manager.  She is the first point of contact for prospective clients and works with them from initial contact through to arrival on site.  In her time at EMEC, she has worked with 18 different wave and tidal technology companies from 9 different countries.

Eileen is also responsible for managing EMEC's marketing, public relations and media activities.  The Centre has become a global focal point for the emerging marine renewables industry as Orkney has become home to some of the most innovative marine energy technologies currently in development.


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