Governance and Structure


Henry Cator OBE DL FRICS

Independent Chairman of WRE Leadership Group

The Leadership Group sets the direction of the WRE project and oversees its work. Its independent chairman is Henry Cator OBE DL FRICS.

Henry lives in Norfolk. A qualified chartered surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has worked as a land agent for over 30 years.  Henry is currently the chairman of The Broads Internal Drainage Board from 2006 – present. He has also previously been chairman of the Association of Drainage Authorities and the Royal Agricultural Society of England and Innovation for Agriculture. He was also High Sheriff of Norfolk for 2012-13 and is currently the High Steward of Great Yarmouth.

Henry was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours List for his services to the community in Norfolk.

Henry has a deep interest in catchment management and water resource management.  His family manage a mixed farm around his home on the Norfolk Broads.

Henry once drove a 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost from Tashkent to Beijing to help raise money for Norwich Cathedral.


    The Leadership Group has Henry Cator OBE DL as independent chairman. This group includes representatives from a range of industries across water, the environment, drainage, agriculture, irrigation, retail, food production and energy, as well as regulatory bodies.

    The group has set the terms of reference for the project and is responsible for overall governance. It considers and agrees responses to the recommendations brought by WRE sub-groups.

    The Leadership Group are the main external spokespeople for the WRE programme and have an important role to play in influencing policy changes that will help to reach the collaborative programme goals as well as conducting high-level stakeholder engagement.



    The Technical Steering Group (TSG) is chaired by Steve Moncaster, Supply Demand Strategy Manager at Anglian Water. The group includes technical representatives from all the water companies in the region, agriculture, the environment and energy as well as regulatory bodies. The core team of WRE contractors are also represented at the TSG meetings.

    Responsible for guiding the delivery of the technical elements of the project, the group contribute to the development of the programme specification and review outputs produced by the WRE contractors. The group report project outputs to the leadership group.


    The group develops WRE viability as a strategy, ensuring strong relationships are maintained and new ones are cultivated. As a programme and strategy which supports local collaborative actions by a multitude of actors, the C&E group helps to set the precedent that WRE is an enabler of action by others and a supportive entity, led and driven by local and regional partners.

    Through traditional channels such as websites, publications, and interviews, as well as on-the-ground presence at conferences, events, and in the field, there is a concerted effort to spread the word of WRE.


    The WRE project has complex, long-term objectives and requires activities across a large number of diverse partners at all levels. In addition to the Leadership, Delivery and TSG and C&E groups listed above, there are partnership groups looking at modelling new ways of working, exploring policy recommendations, coordinating communications and piloting integrated approaches at a catchment level. Some of these groups operate on a ‘task and finish’ basis, depending on the nature of their work.

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