Job title: Technical Director, Maritime Structures
Professional background: I am a Chartered Engineer, Member of ICE and PIANC and have authored or edited many British and international codes, standards and manuals. I have chaired the international ‘Breakwaters Conferences’ since 1998. In research, I work with other UK and international researchers, I supervise masters and PhD projects, and act as an examiner. I also teach specialist courses in coastal engineering at HR Wallingford, and at selected universities in UK and overseas.
When did you join HR Wallingford? I joined in 1969.
How do you apply your knowledge? I develop new tools and knowledge on performance of breakwater, seawalls or other shoreline protection through work with our own staff, collaborating academics, and overseas visiting researchers. I then apply those new methods / knowledge in specialist consultancy on a wide range of maritime structure. But I also share and transfer new findings / knowledge through publications, manuals, and training courses.
What do you enjoy about your work? The opportunities to make a difference to coastal engineering, to push forward knowledge and understanding in wave / structure interactions, and thus to improve the quality of analysis and design of the wide range of maritime / shoreline structures. One of the big thrills is having the chance to develop new tools like HR Wallingford’s tsunami simulator which I devised after an earthquake engineer asked whether we could measure effects of tsunamis in the laboratory. I analysed tools used elsewhere and, with colleagues and visiting researchers, we set-out to overcome their flaws.