The fishery industry is moving towards a performance-focused approach to the way environmental solutions are planned and invested. This is the view of Phil Higgins, Head of Water for Jacobs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He participated in a conversation on the latest Talking on Water ideological leadership with Lira Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Water Division.
Sharing details of Jacobs’ new European water strategy, launched in 2021, Higgins said a new approach is needed to meet the changing needs of the market.
He explained: “This strategy focuses on creating the right environment and the right culture within the team, where the team comes out, what is the water market, what are the drivers, what are the challenges? I feel that I have the power to understand .. With such a person, I can better understand the client and its challenges and create a more diverse team to solve those challenges.
“I had a meeting with the asset management director a few years ago. We were talking about some challenges in dealing with problems at wastewater treatment facilities. I was on a solution at the end of the pipe. Very focused, and the challenge returned was “No, I’m focused on improving the water quality of the river.”
“I just changed my mind about how to find a solution and incorporated it into my strategy. Historically in many strategies, they are fairly focused on output. Is still needed, but we are moving further into a market-based results-based strategy. “
The new approach to planning and investment is just one example of how Higgins sees how the industry is adapting to meet environmental and regulatory challenges.
He said there is also a need for closer cooperation between utilities, suppliers and regulators, increased openness and transparency across the sector, and digital optimization. Some of the most urgent changes needed are those related to diversity and recruitment.
Higgins said: It may be about ethnicity, gender, and culture, but it is also about people’s skills, background, and experience. We need to embrace diversity and attract people who have different perspectives.
“We can try to change what we have, but we also need to incorporate it organically. Change the way we hire and train. People who come from very different perspectives. Who has domain knowledge? Who has data analysis experience?
“We are moving to another supply chain, moving to IT, moving to technology. This is a completely different environment for water companies and technology organizations. We recruited someone from the game background. It is such diversity that needs to be brought to the industry to assist in the implementation of our solutions.
“It’s not easy to hire. We need to make this sector interesting. We go out, people enter great fields, apply their skills, and are very happy with what they are doing. We must promote the opportunity to get. “
This was British Water’s eighth Talking on Water online interview. In this series, Thompson talks with industry leaders and influencers to discuss topical issues that affect today’s supply chains and utilities.
Higgins also shares ideas on areas such as procurement and business cycle challenges, current innovation prospects, and the steps needed to create a sustainable fishery, to bring broader environmental benefits to the fishery industry. We investigated whether the National Environmental Program (WINEP) needs to be changed. ??
Thompson said: “This was an interesting and interesting conversation not only for the water community, but also for utilities and regulators. Phil, take the time to investigate such a wide range of issues and look at the perspective of global supply chain companies. Thank you for sharing your valuable insights from. “
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