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Risk Resilience Response
Chairman &
Advisory Committee

Following the success of the 2016 conference programme, the 2017 Advisory Committee, led again by the Environment Agency and comprising representatives from key stakeholder groups, has identified the key themes for the 2017 conference.

See what Alison Baptiste, Director of Strategy and Investment at the Environment Agency, had to say about the 2016 event and plans for the 2017 edition:

“Our very first Flood & Coast event featured 170 speakers, over 90 exhibition stands and attracted over 1400 people over the three days. Flood & Coast 2017 will build on this success giving all those involved in managing flooding and coastal erosion the chance to swap ideas, listen, learn and be inspired.

“We will be showcasing the latest thinking from academics leading research at our top universities, as well as from the practitioners and specialists who deliver FCRM excellence on the ground. If you have a story to tell about your research or how you’ve applied new technologies or approaches to FCRM problems we want to hear from you.”

2017 Advisory Committee


Clare Dinnis Alison Baptiste Josie Bateman
Tim Bowen Rhiannon Clancy Paul Cobbing
Lisa Constable Katharine Evans Ben Fletcher
Mark Garrett Nick Hardiman Gareth Heatley
Ben Johnstone Chrissy Mitchell Fola Ogunyoye
Innes Thomson

 

Katharine

Clare Dinnis

Deputy Director Strategy Delivery
Environment Agency
Advisory Committee Chair of Flood & Coast 2017


Clare is Deputy Director for Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency. Her role is to work at senior levels within Government and partner organisations to shape the direction for flood and coastal risk management in England.

Clare leads a team of experts on stakeholder engagement, international flood risk management, climate change and policy advice. Following December 2015’s flooding she worked closely with partners and government to develop the Cumbria Flood Action Plan. Clare’s background is in various aspects of water management including leading the Agency’s work on Abstraction Reform, producing scenario-based water demand forecasts to 2050 and 2100, water resources planning, water quality regulation and drought management.

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Alison

Alison Baptiste

Director of Strategy & Investment
Flood and Coastal Risk Management
Environment Agency

Alison is accountable for setting the strategy and vision for Flood & Coastal Risk Management working closely with UK Government at senior and ministerial levels. She has extensive experience in both policy and operational roles including during major flood incidents. She recently led the National Recovery & Learning team during the winter 2013-14 floods which delivered £135m of repairs within 12 months restoring all assets to pre-flood levels. Prior to that she worked closely with local partners in the south east of England shaping how and where we invest £150million each year. She is trusted media spokesperson for the Environment Agency with extensive experience on national and international news channels. Before joining the Environment Agency she worked in water management for both private and charity sectors in UK & overseas.

Alison is a Chartered Civil Engineer and recently elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Josie

Josie Bateman

Vice Chair ADEPT Flood & Water Management Group
& Flood Manager Northamptonshire Council


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Tim

Tim Bowen

Executive Director, Corporate Development
Costain


As Executive Director for Corporate Development, Tim is responsible for the Strategy, Business Development and Proposals functions of Costain Group PLC.

Tim was previously responsible for the Middle East operations where he led the repositioning of our oil and gas business and developed the service offering in consulting, with a particular focus on the highways, rail and water sectors.

While at Costain, Tim has also fulfilled the role of Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, acquiring the Rhead Group, and Highways Director, during which he developed the strategy to diversify the highways business into longer term, serviceled commissions. This approach increased sector volumes from £49 million to over £200 million. Tim previously worked as a senior management consultant, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions activity in the heavy industrial sector.

Tim is a Chartered Civil Engineer and holds an Honors Degree in Engineering, has an MBA and a Master’s Degree in Law. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

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Rhiannon

Rhiannon Clancy

FCRM Engagement Manager
Environment Agency


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Paul

Paul Cobbing

Chief Executive
National Flood Forum


Paul is Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum, a national charity that supports and represents flood risk communities. It works by helping people to prepare for flooding and supporting them to recover their lives when they have been flooded. The National Flood Forum also works with government and other organisations to put flood risk communities at the heart of policy making and operational delivery.

Paul has spent his career working on environmental issues, the first 20 years on a range of land management projects in the private and public sectors. In 2001 he moved to Government Office for the West Midlands working on the Government's environmental policy, including rural, food and drink, sustainable development, climate change, water, waste, energy and natural environment. This included leading on several regional projects.

Paul moved to Defra to coordinate negotiations on agreeing targets with local authorities before undertaking a number of consultancy projects, including a climate change adaptation risk assessment on the Humber Estuary and contributing to the West Midlands Local Authority Low Carbon Economy Programme and a Mainstreaming Community Economic Development Project. Paul is also convener of the West Midlands section of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, a Director at Localise West Midlands a member of Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee for the West Midlands and on the Board of the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Local Nature Partnership.

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Lisa

Lisa Constable

Weather Resilience & Climate Change Strategy Manager
Network Rail


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Katharine

Katharine Evans

National Flood & Coastal Risk Manager
Environment Agency


Katharine has worked in a number of operational and policy roles in the Environment Agency and is currently a National Flood & Coastal Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, responsible for the Flood Warning and informing service the Agency provides. She has worked in this field for over 17 years and has introduced several new warning systems and services during this time. Katharine has represented the Environment Agency at international summits on preparing flood hazards and responses. She has written several papers on flood warning and incident response in the UK and contributed to an internationally authored book on Flood Hazards: Impacts and Responses for the Built Environment.

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Ben

Ben Fletcher

Assistant Director Energy, Environment and Transport, Civil Contingencies
Secretariat
Cabinet Office

Ben is the Assistant Director for Energy, Environment and Transport in the Crisis Management, Domestic Readiness and Response team in the Cabinet Office’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat, and thus coordinates the Civil Contingency Secretariat’s preparations for and response to flooding emergencies (among a range of other issues.) When they are not actively in response, Ben’s team work closely with Defra, the Environment Agency and other stakeholders to identify risks which may develop over the next six months, to take appropriate steps to mitigate those risks and to adopt lessons from past flooding events to improve future responses. As part of this, Ben led the infrastructure strand of the National Flood Resilience Review. Before joining the Civil Contingency Secretariat, Ben has worked in a range of Civil Service roles including operational policy for Iraq and humanitarian relief at the MOD’s Permanent Joint Headquarters, helicopter procurement for the Ministry of Defence, and mental health and social care policy at Her Majesty’s Treasury and in NHS England.

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Mark

Mark Garrett

Flood Risk Manager for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire
Environment Agency


Mark’s remit is to use evidence to drive partnership working so that local communities benefit from a more integrated flood risk management service. Part of this is about driving innovation and delivering solutions that make the most of the natural environment, to reinforce a sense of place and complement wider social and regeneration objectives. This builds on Mark’s previous experience as an external relations manager leading community and stakeholder initiatives for the Environment Agency across the North West. In his spare time Mark also helps run a small church-based charity that runs several community programmes in his home town of Winsford. Mark is an avid Manchester City fan, father of 3 and local coach of the mighty Woodford Juniors U9s.

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Nick

Nick Hardiman

Senior Coastal Adviser
FCRM Directorate
Environment Agency

Nick leads on strategic coastal flood and erosion risk management in the Environment Agency’s FCRM Directorate, and has a background in environmental management and policy with 15 years' experience managing teams and projects in England and internationally. Since joining the Environment Agency as Senior Coastal Adviser in 2009, key work areas have included developing the National Coastal Erosion Risk Map, co-ordinating the onward maintenance of the national suite of Shoreline Management Plans, and helping to steer Defra’s coastal adaptation initiatives. All of these involve both internal teamwork and close partnership work with local authorities through the Coastal Group network; together with the Chair of this network Bryan Curtis, Nick is leading on auditing and consolidating the Environment Agency’s coastal Strategic Overview of all flood and erosion risk delegated from Defra in 2008. Nick is Vice Chair of the Board for the £28m National Coastal Monitoring Programme, Chairs the Coastal Research Steering Group and represents England on the North Sea Coastal Managers Group.

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Gareth

Gareth Heatley

Managing Director Water, Europe
CH2M


Gareth started his career as a flood risk engineer and as a Project Manager and Project Director he has been involved with the design and implementation of numerous flood risk management and water projects across the UK and mainland Europe for both public and private clients.

During Gareth’s 24 years working in the water industry his career has involved: operational delivery across single and multiple project portfolios; commercial risk management; contracts; bid leadership and execution; client relationship management; and people leadership. Gareth was the senior Project Director responsible for the Halcrow Water & Environment and Power & Energy sectors during the period when CH2M acquired Halcrow and was responsible for the operational transition of these sectors into the CH2M structure. He was subsequently the Operations Director for the CH2M water business in the region and oversaw the safe and profitable operational delivery of the regional water account.

Gareth is currently the Managing Director for the CH2M water business in the UK and Europe. He is responsible for a team of over 700 staff and for the overall water business direction in the region, the portfolio of which encompasses: a diverse range of markets including water utilities, flood risk management; industrial water; and the major Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

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Ben

Ben Johnstone

Area FCRM Manager for Devon and Cornwall
Environment Agency


Ben is a Chartered Civil Engineer and environmental champion with over 20 years’ experience in flood and coastal risk management and incident management.

Having recently led the work to develop the first ever six-year flood and coastal risk management capital programme, Ben’s current role is to ensure that the benefits and opportunities of having the record £2.3 billion long-term grant in aid settlement from government are maximised. This involves working across all Environment Agency functions and working with Defra, Her Majesty’s Treasury, Infrastructure UK and other major infrastructure clients.

During Ben’s career he has been involved in all aspects of project delivery taking projects from concept, through design and into construction. Other areas of expertise are strategic planning, programme management, project management, business planning and performance management.

Before joining the Environment Agency Ben worked as a bridge engineer in private consultancy.

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Chrissy

Dr Chrissy Mitchell

Principal Research Scientist
Flooding & Communities
Evidence Directorate
Environment Agency

Dr Chrissy Mitchell is a principal research Scientist within the Environment Agency, working nationally within the Joint (DEFRA/EA/WG/NRW) Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme, currently working on research looking at new tools and methods in assessing asset performance, improving radar dual polarisation and potentially forecasting capability, as well as reviewing the performance of both inland and coastal flood forecasting models. She was previously Business Development and Performance Manager of the Flood Forecasting Centre, working closely with the Met Office to establish the set up of the new national centre both in London and then Exeter. With a degree in Geology, a masters in Environmental Science and a PhD in Geography Chrissy joined the Environment Agency in 2003, initially supporting regulation and strategic planning and later the DEFRA/EA FCERM R&D programme as the sustainable asset management theme manager. She became the national lead climate change policy advisor for flood risk management and was nominated chair of young FLOODsite for four years running, an international network of 100+ young people working under a very large European Flood research programme.

Chrissy is the current Chair of the CIWEM River and Coastal group, a committee that she has been part of for over ten years. In 2011 she was invited to become part of the editorial board of CIWEMs International Journal of Flood Risk Management. A Fellow of CIWEM, a chartered scientist, chartered environmentalist, chartered water and environmental manager; as well as chartered geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society she enthusiastically supports and mentors those wishing to develop their career through these institutions.

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Fola

Fola Ogunyoye

Technical Director Water Europe and
Leading Professional for Flood Resilience
Rivers, Deltas and Coasts
Royal HaskoningDHV

Fola Ogunyoye is the Leading Professional for Flood resilience technical director for Water Security at Royal HaskoningDHV. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of CIWEM with 25 years’ experience at the water’s edge, Fola has a unique blend of experience as an operational manager, consultant, Researcher and contractor. Fola has developed and directed the delivery of many flood and coastal plans, strategies and schemes. He has also led the development of many water sensitive, water adaptive and water resilient developments and infrastructures across the UK and has provided his flood risk management expertise into many international projects, including in the Netherlands, USA, Australia and Nigeria. Fola is heavily involved in research and development of technical guidance, national standards and tools for innovative management of flood risk and its interaction with people and the built and natural environment. He has led or inputted into recent guidance and standards on fluvial design, channel management, culvert design, sustainable drainage, project appraisal guides.

Fola was a strong supporter of the previous Defra and Environment Agency FCERM Conferences, having attended about 10 and presented papers at 5 of them. Fola is very passionate about the work of FCERM practitioners and is keen to see a shift in emphasis from flood and coastal risk management, which seeks to reduce risk i.e. making things less bad, to one that enables betterment and realisation of ambitions and aspirations of communities, and helps deliver operational resilience to our infrastructures and services. I am very pleased to see the inclusion of a much broader range of receptors in Flood and Coast 2016, as this should enable the co-understanding and co-ownership and co-creation required to make the step change needed in the delivery of FCERM.

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Innes

Innes Thomson

Chief Executive
Association of Drainage Authorities


Innes trained as a civil engineer and has spent the majority of his career working with water across the various sectors of the Industry. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and took up his most recent post of Chief Executive with the Association of Drainage Authorities in April 2015. Prior to that, he was an Area Flood & Coastal Risk Manager at the Environment Agency in both Nottingham and York. He has also spent a significant proportion of his career working outside the UK, notably in France, the Middle East, Far East and the Indian subcontinent during the 1990’s.

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Quotes from 2016

Great @floodandcoast event at Telford. Excellent opportunity to share with fellow flood industry professionals.

- Flood Control

This conference has provided a great opportunity for industry professionals to come together to be inspired, to listen, learn, discuss and plan for the future.

- Alison Baptiste, Environment Agency

Thanks for a great @floodandcoast. It’s been a lot of fun.

- Salix

It was invaluable to gather all major contractors together under one roof.

- Richard Taffs, TMS Maritime

Excellent day at the @floodandcoast exhibition today, very informative.

- Pontoon & Dock Co

I enjoyed every minute. It was informative and the networking was brilliant. I am going home buzzing.

- Mary Dhonau, Know Your Flood Campaign

Flood & Coast 2016 broadened the conversation beyond the FCRM sector to encompass the infrastructure community, which made for a much richer event.

- Fola Ogunyoye, Royal HaskoningDHV

We think Flood & Coast captured the right audience covering the entire FCRM industry.

- Anjie Stevens, Isodaq Technology

2017 Advisory Committee

Clare Dinnis

Deputy Director Strategy Delivery
Environment Agency

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Josie Bateman

Vice Chair ADEPT Flood
& Water Management Group
& Flood Manager
Northamptonshire Council

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Tim Bowen

Executive Director,
Corporate Development
Costain

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Rhiannon Clancy

FCRM Engagement Manager
Environment Agency

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Paul Cobbing

Chief Executive
National Flood Forum

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Lisa Constable

Weather Resilience &
Climate Change Strategy Manager
Network Rail

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Katharine Evans

National Flood &
Coastal Risk Manager
Environment Agency

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Ben Fletcher

Assistant Director Energy,
Environment and Transport,
Civil Contingencies
Secretariat
Cabinet Office

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Mark Garrett

Flood Risk Manager for
Greater Manchester,
Merseyside and Cheshire
Environment Agency

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Nick Hardiman

Senior Coastal Adviser
FCRM Directorate
Environment Agency

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Gareth Heatley

Managing Director Water, Europe
CH2M

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Ben Johnstone

Area FCRM Manager for
Devon and Cornwall
Environment Agency

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Dr Chrissy Mitchell

Principal Research Scientist
Flooding & Communities
Evidence Directorate
Environment Agency

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Fola Ogunyoye

Technical Director Water Europe and
Leading Professional for
Flood Resilience
Rivers, Deltas and Coasts
Royal HaskoningDHV

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Innes Thomson

Chief Executive
Association of Drainage Authorities

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