Innovation: An Endless Pursuit
Episode 1: Fostering Innovation

Today's episode is the first episode of our new podcast, Innovation: an Endless Pursuit, and we’re really excited to share it with you.

Today's episode is the first episode of our new podcast, Innovation: An Endless Pursuit, and we’re really excited to share it with you.

Here at Bristol Water we’re big believers in Open Innovation. The idea that by openly inviting solutions to our challenges, collaborating across the industry and by sharing our experience, we can deliver better experiences for customers.

In this series we’ll be exploring each of the themes from our Innovation Quest and sharing our learnings and insights from our journey so far.

In each episode Chris Thomas, our Head of Business Improvement and Innovation, will be joined by experts from both Bristol Water and our external innovation network to learn about the latest innovations in Water and where we should be seeking solutions as an industry.

In this first episode of our podcast we have a fascinating conversation between Chris and two innovation pioneers, David Ferguson, Head of Digital Innovation at EDF and Jack Lomas, Head of Product at Mott Macdonald Ventures, that we recorded at our inaugural innovation event earlier this year.

This focus for this conversation was how to foster innovation in your organisation. The discussion explores many exciting topics including, methods for promoting innovation, priotising ideas, how innovation can be funded and how to create a positive culture of innovation. Jack and David also share their views on which innovations are more hype than substance and we’re sure you’ll be surprised to hear which they choose.

We hope you enjoy listening to this episode and look forward to hearing what you think of it.

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We’re always looking for help and collaboration on our Quest and if you have any comments or thoughts we’d love to hear from you at innovation@bristolwater.co.uk.


Image of David Ferguson from EDF Energy

David Ferguson
Head of Digital Innovation at EDF Energy

David leads EDF Energy’s Research and Development Team, spearheading the company’s research into cutting-edge digital technologies.

His aim is to explore how digital can improve the operational safety and efficiency of EDF Energy’s fleet of power stations and transform the way they serve their customers. A constant focus is the use of technology to enable the sustainable use of energy.

In addition to his role at EDF David is a Non-Executive Director of Exeter Science Park, a member of the advisory board for the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, a Fellow of the RSA and is a contributor to Exeter University’s MBA.


Jack Lomas
Head of Product at Mott Mac Digital Ventures

Jack leads product within the Smart Infrastructure startup team at Mott MacDonald Digital Ventures. Tasked with driving digital transformation across the business, his team adopts lean methodology to design, develop and release new tech products, applying the team's combined experience in technology, start-ups and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Mott MacDonald , Jack co-founded SenSat which streamlines civil infrastructure projects through the use of digital twins. SenSat was identified as Europe’s fasting growing AI startup by Crunchbase and awarded 'Startup of the Year' by New Civil Engineer.

Having left his day to day role in SenSat Jack now sits as a shareholder and adviser to the management team. Jack is also a founding board director at Cambridge Wireless, a tech organisation with 400 members including Intel, Amazon and the UK’s leading startups, and founder at Future Engineering Club, a working group for senior industry thought leaders.

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