Karen Thompson

Head of Major Projects Procurement, Anglian Water Services

Karen Thompson is the Head of Major Projects Procurement with Anglian Water Services Ltd (AWS). Karen leads a team that provides AWS with strategic procurement and commercial services for large scale infrastructure projects.


Karen is no stranger water industry having spent 15 years with AWS and over 25 years within procurement in various roles. A keen advocate for Project 13 principles and the construction playbook methodology, Karen is passionate about doing things deliberately differently whilst ensuring the basics are done brilliantly.


Karen prides herself in being able to truly understand the strategic challenges and objectives of her business and translate them into effective contacts and commercial models that drives value for money. 


Karen's focus at present is leading the development and delivery of a water treatment works to support resilience and to alleviate supply deficit within the region using the Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC) model. DPC is a design, build, as well as finance, operate and maintain form of contact and will be one of the first of its kind for the water industry.

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