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OOSKAnews Announces More Panelists for Second aquaNOW Audience

EDINBURGH, Scotland, United Kingdom

Starting last week, OOSKAnews began introducing readers to the panelists who will participate in the second aquaNOW Audience, which will be conducted on November 11, 2014 and hosted at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in Edinburgh, Scotland. The event will be produced by OOSKAnews in collaboration with the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development, and will have the theme “Water: Business Risk and Opportunity.”

OOSKAnews readers and others unable to attend the event in person can watch the event via a free live web-stream located at www.ooskanews.com and commencing at 9AM Eastern Standard Time.

Earlier this year, OOSKAnews, the world’s leading provider of water-related news, announced production of the 2014-2015 “aquaNOW Audiences.” An archived copy of the first aquaNOW Audience can be viewed here.

Some of the Scottish and international water experts participating in the second Audience include:


Jim Panton, CEO, Panton McLeod Ltd. After graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Jim served as an Army helicopter pilot for 10 years.  After leaving the Army, Jim settled in Scotland and worked as a Business Development Consultant with a particular focus on the charity sector. In 2005 he became the youngest ever CEO of Poppyscotland, and in 2009 he took over as CEO of Erskine, overseeing over 800 staff across 5 sites in Scotland with a combined turnover of £24 million a year. In May 2011, Jim moved into the Water Industry when he became CEO of his father’s water engineering company. Panton McLeod and Panton McLeod America provide a range of products and services to the water industry. Their main emphasis is on the cleaning and disinfection of treated water storage facilities, using a proprietary chemical for bio-foul removal and underwater robots for both inspections and sediment removal from on-line facilities.


Alan Hendry, Chair of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development in Scotland and Director of the Industrial and Power Association. Hendry is also a former Regional Board Member of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and former vice chair of the Sustainable Scotland Network. Currently, he serves as Director of Sustainability at Jacobs Engineering, based in Glasgow. He has 29 years of experience, starting as a town planner and moving to work in sustainability in 1996. Hendry has worked within both the public and private sectors and supported a wide range of organizations, including those in the water sector, with embedding sustainability. Hendry supports Jacobs’ Global Community of Practice on Sustainability and runs the Jacobs Global Sustainability Call, which features senior presenters from leading businesses and business organizations, such as Unilever, Coca Cola Enterprises, O2, McCains and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has played a leading role in the development of Jacobs Sustainability+, a corporate tool that seeks to identify key sustainability benefits the company can bring to clients, including reducing the carbon intensity of operations.

Nicholas Simpson, Sales & Marketing Director, Ondeo Industrial Solutions and UK Chair, UK BCSD Water Focus Group. Simpson is a specialist in Industrial Water Resource Management in all market segments. He also serves as Business Development Manager for Global Industrial Services at Degremont Industry, and has been a marketing and sales manager for global industrial chemical and services companies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, focusing on large industry, oil and gas downstream. Simpson has extensive knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by industrial water users, and potential solutions available to them to become more sustainable businesses.


Joppe Cramwinckel, Director for Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Cramwinckel leads the water program of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The program provides a platform for member companies to make positive progress on sustainable water management, contribute to development of fair and good multi-layered water governance, and enhance recognition of global businesses as effective water management solution providers. Before joining the WBCSD, Cramwinckel was Sustainable Development Lead for Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., and served as environmental lead in Brunei and Oman. In 2003, he became the Shell Issue Manager for Water. He is a member of a number of Advisory Boards/Advisory Councils, including the European Water Partnership, the Stockholm World Water Week, and the WEF Agenda Council on Water Security. He is also a member of the Supervisory Council of the Water Footprint Network

Other participating panelists, intrduced last week, include:

William Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Galen Fulford, Managing Director, Biomatrix Water (www.biomatrixwater.com).

M. Nazli Koseoglu, Scotland-HydroNation Program Scholar and PhD student at the School of Geoscience of the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Agricultural College.

Barry Greig, HydroNation Manager at the Scottish Government said, “The Scottish Government is very pleased to be supporting the aquaNOW Audiences series. It provides an important forum for international, cross-disciplinary exchange about water challenges, and is an excellent showcase for excellence in Scottish water, the Scotland HydroNation initiative, and, in particular, our HydroNation scholarship program.”

The aquaNOW Audiences are produced by OOSKAnews in association with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. The series is also supported by the Scottish Government and aquaNOW.info.