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 has been chairman of the Association of Drainage Authorities since 2006 and chairman of The Broads Internal Drainage Board from 2006 – present. He is currently chairman of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and Innovation for Agriculture both based at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. He was 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. It has 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 project and have an important role to play in influencing policy changes that will help to reach the collaborative project goals.



    The Delivery Group is the co-ordinating working body of the WRE. It brings together all the workstreams to support their delivery, align and co-ordinate communication and policy recommendations.

    The WRE project has a broad, complex scope and involves multiple stakeholders across diverse sectors. A number of partnership groups across different subject areas and levels have been set up to deliver the project, and effective coordination across all these groups is critical to WRE progress and coherent communication.

    The Delivery Group engages with WRE members to seek ways to align their activities with the agreed WRE strategy, to the extent that it does not conflict with participating organisations’ statutory duties.


    The Technical Steering Group 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.

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


    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 Technical Steering 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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