What’s your background? I did an engineering science degree at Oxford, and I’m a Chartered Civil Engineer, so I have a broad base. I wanted to do something in water from a very young age and I thought I’d end up in the floods area but I ended up on the marine side. It was only at my interview that I realised I’d been to Howbery Park before at 14, when my father brought me to see a model of the Sukkur Barrage in Pakistan that he’d commissioned.
How did you come to work at HR Wallingford? I did three years here straight out of University in the Ports and Harbours team, primarily wave modelling, but getting into current and sediment transport modelling. I then spent 11 years working for a major engineering consultancy before coming back to HR Wallingford in 2009.
What does your job involve? As a marine civil engineer my work is around facilities like ports, jetties, quays, and everything around protection of other assets and infrastructure. I do a lot of international projects. I’m Sector Lead for energy. Because of the energy transition the energy sectors are becoming much more integrated so it is critical that they have some common management. I’m also regional manager for the Americas.
What are you working on at the moment? Recently I’ve been involved with running Climate Change Adaptation Planning with my colleague Helen Udale-Clarke for a national oil and gas company. We’ve run remote sessions assessing and ranking the risks at a number of sites, identifying possible mitigations and common themes, then facilitating our colleagues there to develop a road map of actions they can take over the next few years. Climate change is an issue for existing facilities which will have to operate safely for many years yet.