Job title: Principal Engineer
Professional background: MA Civil Engineering; MSc Hydrology for Environmental Management; Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; Member of the British Hydrological Society.
When did you join HR Wallingford? 1998, having previously worked for a civil engineering consultancy on flood defence projects.
How do you apply your knowledge? I work in the Floods Group at HR Wallingford. My expertise is in hydrology and sustainable flood risk management and for the last 15 years I have been a key contributor to research and technical guidance on SuDS, working closely with my colleagues in the Water Group. I was the principal author of the CIRIA SuDS Manual first published in 2007 and the technical lead for the update in 2015. I was also the main author of BS8582 Code of practice for surface water management for development sites (2013) and I have advised English and Welsh governments during the development of their national standards and associated guidance on SuDS.
What do you enjoy about your work? I enjoy working on promoting solutions to drainage and flood risk management that, with good design, can deliver a large number of diverse benefits to both society and the environment. Developing the case for managing surface water runoff as a valuable resource that can support water supplies, valuable ecosystems and high quality urban development has been challenging but rewarding. I particularly appreciate working with clients and colleagues both within and external to HR Wallingford from many different technical disciplines - ranging from landscape architects to contaminated land experts.