The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators

  • The Thames Warden

    Mike Williamson: Joined the Company in 1998 and was installed as Thames Warden on 1st July 2016.

    Mike was educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich. He followed a career in Government Departments and a Research Council.

    On leaving school he started his career in the Ministry of Works where he gained a grounding in job costing, wages, contracts and general administration of works services on the Civil estate. Subsequently he was involved with financial control of major construction projects for the Navy and then spent 3 years in Gibraltar dealing with financial control and administration of works services for the Army, Navy and Air Force.

    In 1976 he moved to the then Social Science Research Council, later to become the Economic and Social Research Council, as Deputy Finance Officer. As well as budget control and accounting, he was responsible for the introduction of computerised accounting and administrative systems throughout the Council.

    In 1986 he transferred to the Department of the Environment and joined a team responsible for the preparation of legislation involving major changes to local government finance.

    The final 10 years of Mike’s service were spent as Head of Water Conservation, Water Regulations and Export Promotion in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. He was responsible for the production of “Using Water Wisely”, the Government’s first consultation paper on water conservation. Work on water quality and water fittings legislation brought him into extensive contact with water companies, regulators and a wide variety of water related organisations and industries. He was also responsible for organising and participating in water industry trade missions led by Environment Ministers.

    Following retirement from full time employment Mike lectured extensively at home and abroad on water privatisation, regulation and water fittings legislation.

    Mike was elected to the Court in 2008, appointed Hon. Secretary of the Water Conservation Trust in 2007 and a Trustee in 2010.

    In his spare time Mike has been actively involved for over 50 years in amateur theatre as an actor, director and administrator, with a number of appearances in professional theatres in Wimbledon and Minden in Germany. He has also served on the executive committee of a local Arts Council.


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