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Utility Week 21st February 2014

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30 | 21st - 27th February 2014 | utILIty WeeK Community COMPANY LINK DON'T MISS To advertise here call Nicky Shaw on 01342 332070 or email nicky.shaw@fav-house.com Lowri Beck Services Ltd Mayors Quay, Swan Meadow Road, Wigan, WN3 5BB Tel: 01942 771700 Lowri beck is a leading independent service provider of Metering systems, Data Capture, Data Management and Field Management services, offering innovative solutions to utilities and busi- ness throughout Great britain. We support the electricity, gas and water markets with Manual and automated Meter reading, Data Collection and aggregation, Meter asset Provision, Installation and Maintenance services as well as providing a full suite of dual fuel smart Metering ser- vices. Our dual-site Contact Centre provides a wide range of professional outsourcing contact centre services, including overflow call handling and appointment management. Our mobile field management system, Com- panion, supports a range of operations with mobile handheld solutions ensuring improved data communications between office and field activi- ties. Lowri beck was established in 1996 and is experienced in offering tailored services and committed to delivering excellent service at realistic prices. For further information contact lbenquiries@lowribeck.co.uk Tata Consultancy Services 4th Floor, 33 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HY Tel: 020 7245 1800 www.tcs.com a part of the tata Group, one of India's largest industrial conglomerates, tata Consultancy services is an It services, business solutions and out- sourcing organisation with operations in 42 countries and over 160,000 of the world's best-trained It consultants. tCs offers a consulting-led inte- grated portfolio of It and It-enabled services delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model. With more than 2,200 consultants serv- ing over 80 clients globally our energy, resources and utilities industry solution unit partners with organisations to define and deploy business effectiveness improvement programs that help them stay ahead. From optimising asset utilisation and improving customer service to building intelligent infrastructure and complying with regulations, we help utilities organisations become agile, resilient, and proactive. Wheatley Associates Ltd Broad Road, Bacton, Suffolk, IP14 4HN Tel: 01449 781001 www.wheatley-associates.co.uk Wheatley associates is the expert in the provi- sion of It software solutions for uK utility providers and metering com- panies focused on asset management, data management and mobile workforce scheduling. We offer MOP, MaP, hosted and saas solutions. • Amethyst: An asset tracking and management solution that covers the full economic life of both traditional and smart metering assets • Smart roll-out optimiser, focusing on the critical areas of smart meter installation planning, customer engagement and workforce utilisation • Assign, for browser-based, real-time mobile workforce scheduling • JUMBO: MAM operations for electricity and gas while holding informa- tion for all the metering systems managed by the host company. • RAID: A software platform and revenue assurance methodology to en- able you to identify and fix revenue leakage in meter-to-cash processes. The Water Bill: implementation, challenges and opportunities 20 March 2014 Venue: Central London Organiser: the Westminster energy, environment & transport Forum with: Sonia Phippard, director of water and flood risk management, Defra; Andrew Beaver, director of strategy, Ofwat, and richard Flint, chief executive, yorkshire Water. Consumer Debt Conference 26 March 2014 Venue: holiday Inn Venue: birmingham Organiser: Faversham house the 6th National Consumer Debt Conference will bring together more than 100 senior credit and customer professionals from a wide range of utility and telecoms operators to examine the latest advances in collection processes and share best practice. Sustainability Live 1-3 April 2014 Venue: NeC birmingham Organiser: Faversham house the ultimate event for the sustainability in business sector returns in 2014 with an exciting new format, comprising three co-located and interlinked shows: Nemex, Iwex and Energy recovery. together they offer an opportunities for professionals from across the energy, water and energy recovery & reuse sectors. Subscriber of the week John Butcher, regional water supplies manager, United Utilities "I wrote off my car on the way home from receiving an award for advanced motoring" What was your first job? Cartographic draughtsman – this was where I first saw reference to the Thirlmere Aqueduct, and so began a love affair with big pipes. What are the best and worst parts of your job? Best: having the Lake District in my patch. Worst: too many hours on the M6. What's your dream job and why? What I do now, because I can get out and give my huge pipe- lines a hug. What's your most treasured possession? A KTM 990 SMT motorbike. Where was your last holiday? Skiing in the French Alps. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? If he was still alive, Fred Dibnah. Reveal something about your- self not many people know. I won the Ken Meek trophy for best test pass score of the year from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, and wrote off my car on the way home from receiving the award. What album is currently in your car CD player? Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: The Blues Brothers. TV: Coast. What quote or saying do you most overuse? "Absolutely." If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Make the Thirlmere Aqueduct Scheme a World Heritage site. What's your favourite joke: The wide mouth frog joke told by Dave Allen.

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