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Southern Water

Southern Water is the private utility company responsible for the public wastewater collection and treatment in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent, and for the public water supply and distribution in approximately half of this area.

Board member – Tom Christy

Tom Christy

Tom graduated from the University of Brighton in 2010, with a first class Master’s Degree in  Civil Engineering (MEng), and became Chartered in 2015 with the Institution Civil Engineers (CEng MICE).

He has over 10 years continuous experience with design, construction and client organisations within the UK, Europe, Middle-East, and Africa (EMEA) Water and Wastewater sectors. In 2010 he joined MWH Global as a Civil Design Engineer, Site Engineer, Temporary Works Coordinator and Technical Manager working on various multi-million pound projects in Design and Build Joint Ventures in Southern England for Southern Water’s Asset Management Programme 5 (AMP5 – 2010-2015).

During this period with MWH he travelled overseas to clients to help facilitate Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies on large Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plants for water supply in North Africa and large Membrane Bio-Reactors for wastewater treatment in Oman. He gained a broad range of design and construction experience including a site based residency on a complex wastewater non-infrastructure project in East Sussex. During this time he was Regional Discipline Lead for MWH, providing Technical Leadership to over 30 Civil Design Engineers on MWH’s frameworks in the South. 

In 2017 Tom joined Southern Water as a Principal Civil Engineer in their engineering and construction department, providing technical design and management on a range of water and wastewater engineering projects in AMP6 (2015-2021). In 2021 he changed roles to focus on client-based engineering design management as a Senior Project Design Lead in their AMP7 water quality programme.

Tom joined the Industrial Advisory Board in 2021, and is keen to ‘give-something back’ to the University that ignited his career.