Job title: Principal Scientist, Floods.
Professional background: BSc Ocean Science.
When did you join HR Wallingford? I joined in 2002.
How do you apply your knowledge? I have led the analysis for a number of high profile projects at HR Wallingford. These include the National Flood Risk Assessment for England and Wales, 2002 and all major updates, the Foresight study on Future Flooding, a national register of communities at risk of hazardous flash flooding, the second generation Flood Hazard Map for Scotland, the UK’s first Climate Change Risk Assessment and studies underpinning three annual reports by the Adaptation Sub Committee of the Committee on Climate Change.
I am responsible for the GIS team who design and develop software to assess flood hazard and risk, flood and coastal management strategies and the impacts of climate change and effectiveness of adaptation policies. I am also a member of the HR Wallingford R&D Board. Drawing from our project, research and software development experience I oversee the technical direction of the GIS team ensuring that we apply the best science, technologies and models for our consultancy projects.
What do you enjoy about your work? I enjoy the challenge of designing and developing models with industry leading researchers that will be used to better understand the risks associated with flooding and coastal erosion, and to explore options for managing those risks. It is good to know that the results from our models are used by government to inform policy, improve resilience and, ultimately, help to save lives.
It is good to know that the results from our models are used by government to inform policy, improve resilience and, ultimately, help to save lives.