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UK Water Industry Supporter Trips India 2013

Each year a selection of Water Industry Supporters are given the opportunity to experience our work in the field.

Each year a selection of Water Industry Supporters are given the opportunity to experience our work in the field. The 2013 visit was to India.

Those taking part posted live updates about their experience via Twitter and check out their personal blogs about the communities they visited.

Alex Scott – Scottish Water
Alex has worked in the UK Water Industry for nearly 10 years and is a programme manager. Alex promotes WaterAid at Scottish Water organising quizzes, tasty cake bakes and supporting graduates in their WaterAid activities. Alex says,"WaterAid’s work enables so many opportunities, such as the opportunity of education as children are not having to walk for hours each day to get water."

Read his blog 

Andy Blanks – South West Water
Andy has 30 years experience in the water industry, predominantly in the field of waste water treatment. Andy is a trained WaterAid volunteer speaker, supported WaterAid since starting to work in the water industry in a variety of ways from walking events to volunteering at Glastonbury. Andy says his role at South West Water in wastewater treatment "makes me acutely aware of the need for adequate sanitation facilities and the vital need for sanitary education."

Read his blog

Caroline Beavers – Yorkshire Water
Caroline is the framework manager at Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering and works on the waste water framework for Yorkshire Water. Caroline has been involved in a number of Yorkshire Water WaterAid Committee events helping raise significant funds. Caroline hopes that the supporter visit will enable her to "motivate others around me to have the same drive and passion for WaterAid that I have."

Read her blog

Erica Lack – Yorkshire Water
Erica has worked for Yorkshire Water for five years and works in Yorkshire Water’s Carbon Reduction team. Erica is incredibly active with WaterAid activities, from helping organise the Yorkshire Water WaterAid Ball to joining a local WaterAid group. Erica says; "Clean water and sanitation are the foundations for improving people’s quality of life and helping them work their way out of poverty."

Read her blog

Jacqui Murphy – Environment Agency
Jacqui works in the Anglian region for the Environment Agency and has worked for them for over 20 years. Jacqui has been actively involved with WaterAid at the Environment Agency for over 8 years however, joined the monthly WaterAid lottery not long after joining and has even campaigned with WaterAid to the UK Government. Jacqui is looking forward to seeing the "great work that WaterAid does."

Read her blog

James Muir – Northumbrian Water Ltd
James works has worked for Northumbrian Water for over 10 years and now works in the customer experience team. James has been an active member of the WaterAid team in his local company area promoting office based fundraising. 

Read his blog

Matt Kirk – Anglian Water
Matt has been working for Anglian Water for three years and works in the water supply team. Matt has been involved with WaterAid since he started at Anglian Water and has helped organise the Race Night and been a volunteer at many other events. Matt says "Having a full understanding of what it takes to produce clean and safe drinking water was what motivated me to support WaterAid."

Read his blog

Sophie Tunnicliff - Severn Trent Water
Sophie has worked for Severn Trent Water for 15 years and has been involved in the waste water side of the business. Sophie is an active supporter of WaterAid and since 2000 a member of the organising committee for the Severn Trent WaterAid Mountain Challenge (STMC), the STMC has now raised over £500k for WaterAid since its beginnings 1993.

Read her blog 

Kirstie Port – Wessex Water
Kirstie was a member of Wessex Water’s Business for Life team in 2011/2012 where collectively the team raised £48,000 for WaterAid. Kirstie has also been an active ambassador for WaterAid both at work and in her community, giving presentations at local schools and lobbying her local MP for WaterAid campaigns.

Read her blog 

Sorcha Lewis – Welsh Water
Sorcha works as head ranger in the beautiful Elan Valley, in Mid-Wales. Through this trip Sorcha hopes to expand her knowledge of WaterAids work in different communities and the need for clean water and education of sanitation issues first hand, "I know seeing and experiencing this will help heighten the drive and motivation to raise awareness to our visitors and staff."

Read her blog 

Mike Tomlinson – Southern Water
Mike has worked with Southern Water for over 20 years and has been involved in a wide range of staff and company fundraising events for WaterAid since he joined. Mike is now the Southern Regional Rep and part of the speaker network, as well as sitting on the steering group for a number of WaterAid’s national challenge events like the WaterAid 200.

Richard Allison – South East Water
Richard has worked in the water industry since the early 1990's and now works in the finance team. Richard has been involved in a number of fundraising projects for WaterAid and first became involved in WaterAid through the Severn Trent Mountain Challenge in the late 1990's. In 2012 South East Water entered two teams for the WaterAid's Six Peaks Challenge and he was team leader for one of teams. They managed to complete all six peaks despite the poor weather. Between the two teams they raised over £14,000.

Celine Rodgers – Northern Ireland Water 
Celine is works in the communications team at Northern Ireland Water and has been involved with WaterAid for over seven years supports the Committee events and activities for WaterAid. Celine is a dedicated supporter of WaterAid delivering talks and ensuring that WaterAid is included in the education programme offered by Northern Ireland.