Paddy Young was appointed Director of European Utility Week in 2013 and has been responsible for the re-engineering of the event proposition including the launch of Initiate! the innovation, start up, young talent and diversity programme which has now been rolled out globally. His interest for sustainability was triggered when turning water technology event Aquatech into a global brand. Alongside the European event he successfully launched Aquatech into China, India and the USA. His broad ranging leadership experience has seen him run events across the world including countries like Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.