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Breakfast Briefing: The UK's Future Water System with Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent

Author WIG Date 24 Apr 2024

A recording of the WIG Breakfast Briefing: The UK's Future Water System with Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent


Net zero and sustainability

The UK Government estimated, in the foreword to the April 2023 ‘Plan for Water’, that the country uses “about 14 billion litres of water per day and will need 4 billion more by 2050.” Ensuring a clean and plentiful supply of water across the UK over the coming decades, where the impacts of climate change are likely to be increasingly felt, poses significant challenges that will require a cooperative approach to overcome. WIG is delighted to welcome Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent to share her insights on the work ahead in the medium and long term, and identify opportunities to collaborate on futureproofing the UK water system.

Watch now for this special breakfast event where you can discover:

  • What are the current issues faced by the water sector?
  • What we as a company are doing about them?
  • What partnership would be helpful, including the role of government, large water users, local government and wider society

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Speaker at this event

Liv took up the reins as Chief Executive of Severn Trent, the Midlands-based water and waste company responsible for providing clean water and taking away waste water to around 8m people in the Midlands and north Wales, in 2014. Severn Trent is one of the three largest water companies in the UK, and is a member of the FTSE100.

Before this, Liv worked at BT for 12 years. Her last role was as Chief Executive of Openreach, the engineering division of BT. In this role, Liv was responsible for the delivery of one of the fastest and most ambitious deployments of fibre broadband in the world.

Before joining BT, Liv worked for Accenture, the management consultancy, where she spent five years in the retail and high-tech practices.

In October 2020, Liv was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the water industry.

Liv, 48, is originally from Harrogate in Yorkshire, and is married, with two boys. She is a lifelong Everton fan.