Job title: Engineer – I specialise in flood risk management, hydrology, water resources management and emergency management for flooding.
Professional background: MEng and MSc Irrigation Engineering. I am a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) as well as a Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM), Member of the British Hydrological Society and a Member of Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief (REDR). I have recently carried out research into emergency management for floods and flash flood hydrology in France funded by a Global Research Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
When did you join HR Wallingford? In April 2000.
How do you apply your knowledge? I specialise in flood risk management, water resource and hydrological studies. Currently I am focusing on a project that will inform the UK government’s policy on reforming the abstraction licensing system for water. In addition, I am also researching how the trading of water can be simplified. I have also recently been involved in a number of projects looking at how the risk to people from floods can be evaluated and emergency plans can be improved. My work has taken me to over 30 countries in sub-Saharan and west Africa, the Middle East, South-East Asia, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, as well as continental Europe. I also review papers for the Journal of Flood Risk Management, the Journal of Environmental Hazards and the ICE’s Journal of water management.
What do you enjoy about your work? I enjoy coming up with pragmatic solutions for clients and the fact that the work is very varied on a day-to-day basis.
I have also recently been involved in a number of projects looking at how the risk to people from floods can be evaluated and emergency plans can be improved.