Job title: Technical Director, Flood Management.
Professional background: MEng in Maritime Civil Engineering, BSc (Eng) Hons Civil Engineering. Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Member of the Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM).
When did you join HR Wallingford? In 1992, following 14 years working with consulting civil engineers on feasibility studies, design and construction supervision of coastal and maritime works.
How do you apply your knowledge? I have responsibility for developing technical capabilities in the areas of performance, risk, materials and sustainability. For nearly 25 years I have been producing guidance documents for coastal and hydraulic engineering (such as use of rock, timber, concrete and waste materials) as well as broader topics such as construction risk and whole life costs, the most recent project which I have led being the International Levee Handbook. Over the last 10 to 15 years, I have developed new ideas and approaches for sustainable asset management, integrating engineering thinking and analysis about reliability of defences with issues of deterioration and whole-life costs. I also have roles with various external professional groups and chair a European committee responsible for armourstone specification and the CIRIA Water Advisory Panel. I am currently completing doctoral research on the social aspects of the physical assets for flood and coastal defence and voluntary involvement with their management.
What do you enjoy about your work? Having come from a background of practical engineering into a more research environment, I really enjoy developing ideas that can be directly used by practitioners. I also value the variety of my work, the support of my colleagues, the opportunity to guide younger engineers in their professional training and the flexibility which HR Wallingford gives me to pursue the ideas that I am interested in.