Southern Water Launches Community Partnerships Forum Event

During 2016 Southern Water launched the company’s new integrated Community Engagement (CE) strategy. Their aim was to learn from the best in the sector and develop an effective strategy to engage with communities, charities, employees and customers. Many fellow CE professionals generously shared their experiences and expertise. A year on they felt inspired to keep this spirit of cooperation going.

Southern Water now invite fellow Community Engagement and Partnership professionals from the corporate sector to join a day of speakers, networking and sharing, as they host this first industry meeting designed to strengthen all our future campaigns and working.
• Learn from some of the most innovative thinkers in community engagement
• Network with like minded professionals
• Share your experiences

The speakers:
Julian Dixon, MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd – Head of Security and Community Engagement.
Julian leads on Crossrail’s community programme and is credited with developing their suicide awareness and prevention programme. Under his guidance Crossrail employees are trained to work with vulnerable people and their interventions have saved lives. With a background in policing Julian has brought a unique perspective to Crossrail’s community engagement

David Adair PwCHead of Community Affairs & Corporate Sustainability.
David specialises in collaborative cross sector partnerships having initiated and developed PwC’s own social enterprise hub the ‘Fire Station‘ in London incorporating: ‘Brigade’ a restaurant training those at risk of homelessness with culinary and catering skills and housing the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise UK and the 250 strong PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club.

Dan Fletcher Kingston Smith – Deputy Director for Kingston Smith Fundraising & Management.
Dan will share his experiences from both sides of the fence. As a fundraiser, he has managed various corporate partnerships from blue-chip companies such as Microsoft, EY, Pfizer and Intel through to SME businesses supporting local hospices. As a consultant with Kingston Smith he sees partnership working with a corporate perspective. This helps him advise companies on their interactions with the voluntary sector, and charities how to best engage with corporates.


DATE: 18 May 2017
LOCATION: British Airways, i360, Attenborough Room, Lower Kings Road, Brighton,BN1 2LN
TITLE: “Exchanging Excellence”

The conference is free to attend for Community Engagement and Partnership professionals from the corporate sector and will be conducted under Chatham House rules.
The day will include speakers, networking opportunities, lunch, and refreshments concluding with a flight onboard the BA ‘i360 – a futuristic 360 glass viewing pod and Brighton’s newest attraction.

To secure your place please RSVP to Alex Willumsen at or phone 01903 272969 for more details.