Ethny Childs
29 February 2024

FWR Committee welcomes new Chair

We are delighted to announce that Simon Spooner has been appointed the new Chair of the FWR Committee, supported by Oliver Grievson as Vice Chair. The FWR Committee is leading the FWR Community, an innovative and independent-thinking community of water professionals offering guidance and strategic thought leadership for our work in the water sector. The Community will use an integrated, systems-thinking approach to water issues, with careful consideration of their interactions with other environmental disciplines such as land and air. 

The IES would like to thank Eric Valentine for holding the position of Interim Chair for the FWR Committee to oversee the transition of FWR joining the IES family. 

The Committee are informed by three Technical Panels. Given the broad nature of the water sector, these three Technical Panels not only focus on issues that fall in their remit, but also explore the areas of crossover between the panels, as well as with other specialisms and disciplines. In recognition of the need for a joined-up approach to the issues facing the water sector, collaboration will be a fundamental aspect of the work of the Technical Panels and they will seek to engage with external organisations where appropriate.

Find out more about the technical panels and FWR Community

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