Job title: Principal Engineer
Professional background: MPhil Civil and Structural Engineering; BEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering
When did you join HR Wallingford? In 2001, having previously worked for three different engineering consultancies after graduation.
How do you apply your knowledge? I work as part of a team providing expertise in the fields of drainage, water resources, the fresh water environment, climate change and flood risk assessments.
When I first joined HR Wallingford I was a drainage modeller, managing projects and training junior staff. Over the years my work has diversified. To a greater extent, my role has been to manage large and complex projects that involve many partners and stakeholders. This has included managing the UK’s first Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) published in January 2012 and the update to the CIRIA SuDS Manual published in the autumn of 2015. Both of these projects involved delivering highly technical information to diverse audiences, including non-specialists, in an accessible and engaging way. I also provide external training in SuDS and climate change risk assessment and adaptation.
What do you enjoy about your work? I enjoy the highly collaborative nature of a lot of the projects I’m involved in, working closely with clients and partners to solve problems. I greatly enjoy the stakeholder engagement aspect of my work, which helps to ground solutions in the real world. HR Wallingford is also sympathetic employer that allows me sufficient flexibility to balance my work and childcare commitments.
I enjoy the highly collaborative nature of a lot of the projects I’m involved in, working closely with clients and partners to solve problems.