AMP8 – Asset Management Period 8 (AMP8) commences on 1 April 2025 affecting all English and Welsh Water companies. Set by Ofwat, the aim of AMP periods is to increase efficiency and service levels in the sector. The AMP8 programme is set to be up to 3-4 times bigger than any previous AMP period and is anticipated to transform the water industry’s commitments towards climate change, service, society and the environment. The ambitious targets will present unique challenges to the industry. These include:

  • Risk Transfer from Supply Chain to Utility Company
  • Capacity and Capability in the Supply Chain
  • Skilled Resource Shortage Leading to Tender Price Inflation
  • Market Engagement Concerns
  • Standardisation Requirements
  • Scalability Fears
  • Seasonal Restrictions
  • Drive for Blue/Green Solutions

We’re specialists in the utility industry having worked with clients since 2004



Guiding utility companies to strategically align their business to ensure all business units are working towards AMP8 principles.


Advising on the development of operating models that will best enable the business to deliver value to its customers and stakeholders during a period of substantial change at both a macro and micro level.


Establishing Key Performance Indicators with a focus on the achievement of Outcome Delivery Incentives to enable the successful delivery of AMP8.


Creation of fully resourced and timed work plans that align with AMP8 project goals and enable the achievement of specific targets.


Identifying and mitigating against risk within AMP8. Particularly focusing on supply chain risk, skills shortages, scalability fears and seasonal restrictions which could significantly impact this specific AMP period.


Understanding the wider programme and how the individual procurements and organisational requirements interact with each other whilst supporting a smooth transition from the current ways of working in AMP7 to the new ways of working in AMP8.


Guidance on how procurement can effectively contribute to and guide an organisation’s sustainability strategy, particularly surrounding carbon emission targets and green solutions.


Amy Burns Black and W

Amy Burns

Amy has 20 years' of Payment, Procurement and Category Management experience predominantly gained within a regulatory utility procurement environment working with multimillion pound contracts

across both corporate and maintenance services.
Adam Parry Black and W

Adam Parry

Adam is a Procurement Specialist, with extensive corporate and project leadership experience and a proven ability to drive forward successful business strategies, positive client engagement and robust,

resilient stakeholder relationships. Excellent budgetary and financial oversight capabilities, advanced team leadership skills and a passionate, longstanding commitment for supporting positive change.
Max Benton Black and W

Max Benton

Max graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2022 with a first-class honours in Accounting and Finance, as well as completing a placement year in the Procurement team of a global

pharmaceutical company. Since joining Barkers, he has gained experience in Utilities, FMCG and Telecoms.
Nathan Davies Black and W

Nathan Davies

Nathan has over 15 years of regulated and non-regulated procurement experience gained on multi-million pound contracts. Nathan is a highly effective Senior Procurement Professional who specialises

in taking a pragmatic approach to cost reduction and cost management through devising and implementing appropriate procurement, benchmarking and business strategies.
Dean Hempstock B&W

Dean Hempstock

Dean is an experienced senior level procurement specialist, proven strategist, negotiator, stakeholder, category and supplier relationship manager covering

capex, directs; indirects, FM & MRO working across the Utilities; Oil & Gas; Chemicals and Nuclear sectors. Utilities; Oil & Gas; Chemicals and Nuclear sectors.
James Gaskin B&W (1)

James Gaskin

James is a natural team player, with excellent leadership skills. He has a proven track record of establishing relationships through strong interpersonal and negotiation skills. James possesses the

ability to inspire people; whilst still being able to adapt his approach in order to improve business performance. With particular experience of working inside complex organisational structures, he is highly motivated and inquisitive, whilst thriving on new challenges. He is keen to enhance his own and team members’ development and has a MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain, gaining a distinction in his dissertation which explored the value of sustainable procurement.


We’re vastly experienced in the utility sector. Not only do our specialist AMP8 team have decades of experience combined, but our Directors have also worked within this sector and can offer specialist guidance and advice.

Since 2014 we’ve secured client savings across the utility industry in excess of £350million. In a time of economic challenge you can trust Barkers to know where genuine savings can be made and how to extract true value for money and return on investment.

We thrive in highly regulated industries. At Barkers we understand the intricacies of the processes and frameworks within the sector meaning we have full comprehension of what is viable and achievable and can hit the ground running.

A significant part of AMP8 is expected to be focused on green solutions. At Barkers we are a carbon neutral business, our permanent team are carbon literacy trained and we encourage all clients to factor ESG principles into their procurement process.


Our blogs are written by our team of specialists and designed to support the utility industry on the key themes surrounding AMP8. Take a read for the latest insight.

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