Job title: Group Manager, Flood management
Professional background: PhD and MSc Hydraulic Engineering; BSc Civil Engineering; Chartered Engineer (CEng); Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE); Member of International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR); Member of the Journal of Flood Risk Management (JFRM) Editorial Board.
When did you join HR Wallingford? 2001.
How do you apply your knowledge? My early research was on improved methods and tools for estimating roughness and water levels in watercourses (www.river-conveyance.net). This led to my interest in flood risk management research and developing risk-based methods and tools for application in industry practice. I have been involved with a range of projects from detailed local hydraulic modelling studies through to method development and project management of national scale flood risk applications such as producing the flood maps for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. My research interests extend to decision support systems for sustainable and adaptable flood risk management planning, in the context of future climate and socio-economic change, and identifying preferred flood risk management options. More recently, I have been involved with operational flood forecasting systems and research to introduce many of the long-term risk-based concepts into an operational environment.
What do you enjoy about your work? I enjoy making research accessible by providing a bridge between research and consultancy.
I have been involved with detailed local flood risk assessments through to method development and project management of national scale flood risk applications.