iiE Awards: How We Use Water in the Future

13/10/2021 - 13/10/2021 (10am-11am)
Central East North East North West South East & London South West West Midlands Yorkshire and Humber
How we use water for the future

Date: Wednesday 13th Oct

Time: 10am – 11am

Award category: Water Saviour Award

Sponsor: Cool Food

We all have easy access to water on a daily basis, but did you know “the UK has less available water per person than most other European countries, London is drier than Istanbul, and the South East of England has less water available per person than some African countries?” (Waterwise). With the UK population rising, demand increasing and climate change making waterfall less predictable, the need for water efficiency is critical. We will explore how water impacts communities and wildlife, plus discuss simple and more innovative measures to make your business more efficient. For this we will be joined by guest speaker Barbara Hale, Head of Water Efficiency Engagement at Waterwise and Ben Earl, Director of Sustainability & Water Efficiency at Skewb.


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Barbara Hale, Head of Water Efficiency Engagement at Water Wise

Barbara Hale is the Head of Water Efficiency Engagement at the UK’s leading water efficiency NGO Waterwise. She is part of the team behind Waterwise’s most successful campaigns including the annual Water Saving Week and the creator of the Pledge 2021 water saving challenge.


Ben Earl, Director of Sustainability & Water Efficiency at Skewb

Ben Earl

Ben is Director of Sustainability, Energy & Water Efficiency for utility consultancy Skewb where he is leading on key partnerships across various sectors. Ben recently joined from Southern Water where he was Head of Water Efficiency which involved delivering Target 100, the multi-million pound demand reduction programme across the South East to meet water efficiency targets.

Before working for a Utility, Ben was Climate Change Advisor and then Environmental Affairs Manager for B&Q where he delivered key business sustainability targets and improvements to products purchased by customers.

Ben’s early career was spent working for several politicians before a fundraising and communications role for the Woodland Trust. The theme of community development and the education of children was further developed with a fundraising and communication position at Oxfordshire based, Earth Trust.

In 2016 Ben was appointed Chair of the UNESCO Biosphere Delivery Board for Brighton & Lewes Downs until his move to Skewb. He is currently leading ‘Future South’, a public/private partnership promoting sustainable development across the Solent.