The Water Hub is a collaborative initiative between Durham University, Durham County Council, the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water. The Water Hub has initial funding for 3 years, although our aspiration extends well beyond this! Our intention is to establish and grow ourselves as a reputable and sustainable organisation in the region with a global presence in the water and environmental technology sector to drive change.

The Water Hub Team

Louise Bracken

Louise is the Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University.

Her research expertise is in flooding, water management and movement of water, sediment and chemistry fluxes through catchments. She is keen to apply her scientific understandings to manage water and the environment in an integrated manner to embrace the many uses and demands on water.

George Gerring

George has a background in fisheries and catchment management.

He has been instrumental in delivering the Catchment Based Approach to managing river catchments in the Environment Agency, particularly in NE England. He is keen to champion innovation to drive change in how we manage the environment, especially by opening up working practices of environmental regulators to innovative ideas.

Sarah completed her PhD in Newcastle University in collaboration with Northumbrian Water and then secured a Fullbright Fellowship to work in America. Sarah is keen to innovate around water and the environment to manage water more effectively by engaging with SMEs to help develop and test new products.

Anna Gerring

Anna previously worked for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to shape how we manage and improve our environment.

Anna hopes to drive innovation to leverage funding into water and the environment in new ways to simultaneously sustain the environment, but also societal well-being.

Chris Jones

As the R&D manager for NWL Chris actively translates research and innovation into practice.

Working with The Water Hub enables Chris to embrace innovation from SMEs and drive investment form NWL in new products and ideas. He is keen open up new opportunities to land novel solutions in Northumbrian Water.

In his role at DCC Niall has driven development and environmental improvement in the NE coastal area for the last two decades. He is keen to support open innovation to continue to help the region prosper and grow the economy, continually putting people and their well-being at the heart of development.

Adrian has shaped investment in housing and the urban environment in Durham, seeking to regenerate mining villages and support their local communities. He is working with The Water Hub to extend opportunities around water and the environment to improve health and well-being of communities in the NE.

Nicola Bramfitt

Nicola brings her expertise in administration and project management to ensure The Water Hub runs effectively and efficiently so we can reach our full potential to deliver change in managing water and the environment.

Bridget Rosewell – Chair Atom Bank (Chair)
Jonathan Abra (Knowledge Transfer Network)
Richard Baker (NE LEP)
Stuart Timmiss (Head of Planning, Durham County Council)
Nigel Watson (Information Systems Director, Northumbrian Water)
Oliver Harmar (NE Area Director, Environment Agency)
Tricia Henton
Prof. Jon Gluyas (Director Durham Energy Institute, Durham University)


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