Nicola Henderson, head of proposals at AECOM, has been elected chairman of industry body British Water’s Technical Forum, taking the helm from Alastair Moseley of Murphy Group, who steps down in November.

During her tenancy, Nicola says her focus will be on renewable energy and energy reduction, water conservation, flooding, and small-scale plants.

Nicola says she is looking forward to leading the Technical Forum as it tackles the economic and environmental challenges of today and the future. “The British Water Technical Forum can be a key player in meeting these challenges by working collaboratively to identify new focus groups to respond to members’ needs and regulatory and market developments,” she said.

The position is for one year until November 2017, when the Technical Forum’s new vice chairman, Ian Bernard of O2NRG, will assume the role. As the new chairman, Nicola will work together with the previous incumbent, Alastair Moseley, who will become past-chairman.

A Chartered chemical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the water and waste water industry, Nicola is former chairman of the British Water UK Forum, and currently a British Water non-executive director. On behalf of British Water, she regularly chairs innovation workshops between the supply chain and the utilities.

Ashley Roe, British Water chief executive said: "With Nicola, Ian and Alastair we have a powerful group of industry professionals, supported by our technical manager Marta Perez, who are keen to challenge the collaborative, innovative and technical issues in the water sector."