Adrien Baudrimont
Adrien Baudrimont, CIRIA, facilitator Adrien is a Project Manager at CIRIA, He is an expert in sustainable water management, urban planning, and working with natural processes. He has significant international experience including over 10 years working in the USA for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership where he delivered award winning projects across environmental protection and climate adaptation strategies with multiple benefits at local and landscape scale.
Brian M Back
Brian has a career spanning 40-years delivering a wide range of innovative monitoring, reporting and control solutions across sectors from rail to utilities.
He believes that through control of our existing infrastructure we have the ability to not only reduce flooding but also pollution, which includes the spill of plastics into our waterways and oceans.
Bronwyn Buntine
Bronwyn Buntine, Sustainable Drainage Team Leader, Kent County Council and Chair of the Association of SuDS Authorities Bronwyn has been a key part of the SuDS community for a number of years. She reaches out to the community, inspiring everyone with her enthusiasm for SuDS schemes large or small. She is aware of both good and bad practices and brings her enthusiasm as well as a balanced and objective view to knowledge sharing
Claire Bell
Claire has worked in a variety of organisations ranging from the military, through a major international construction company, to public sector management. Her current role is as London Flood Risk Manager for the Environment Agency with strategic oversight for flood risk in London, including looking after the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee which has the strategic overview of a £1 billion 6 year flood risk management programme for London and surrounding areas, the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel, and incident work including working with the London Resilience Forum.
Craig Boorman
Craig Boorman, Thames Water Drainage and Wastewater Management Plan Delivery Manager Craig is DWMP Delivery Manager at Thames Water, helping to deliver the companies first long-term plans for wastewater to tackle growth and climate change. In his 10 years' experience working in water and environmental management he has worked at both the strategic and technical levels in water management with a focus on sustainable drainage, wastewater infrastructure, flood risk, catchment management and systems thinking.
Self-motivated and hands-on, I take a holistic approach to delivering effective water, flood risk and infrastructure planning solutions.
David Johnson
David Johnson works for The Rivers Trust and will be speaking about the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA)
Dr. Alalea Kia
Dr Alalea Kia is a materials scientist and engineer in the Materials section of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her expertise lie in the fields of flood mitigation, sustainable drainage systems, permeable pavements and the durability of cement-based materials. Alalea is also the Founder of Permia.
Dr. Neil Sewell
Neil is a multi-disciplined computer scientist and software engineer, qualified to PhD level, with expertise in electrical, electronic, mechanical and civil engineering. Over the past 20 years he has worked with a diverse range of organisations, from micro-businesses to global multinationals, including Formula 1 and Aerospace, the common theme being technology development to address challenging sustainability issues. Joining SDS in 2018 Neil has drawn on his deep understanding of the symbiotic nature of business strategy, product development and service delivery to establish the company's application of smart technology in the advancement of sophisticated, autonomous water management solutions. He is highly technically competent and experienced in multiple specialist fields including the internet-of-things, cloud-based solutions, Artificial Intelligence (AI), data systems and top-to-bottom software engineering, and thereby able to deliver real-world solutions that leverage the latest technology and digital resources. As a former university student lecturer, Neil is also able to present and impart his knowledge, and explain technically complex subjects, in such a way as can be universally understood. He takes pride in being able to interpret what his audience, or customer, really wants or needs, and to provide solutions to deliver these.
Gary Leatherbarrow
Gary Leatherbarrow is the Sales Director for Bedford Pumps Ltd. With almost twenty years’ experience in the field of pumps, Gary has a business and marketing degree alongside a wealth of knowledge and expertise in high-capacity pumps, engineering and applications. Gary has worked for Bedford Pumps for the past five years, originally as a Business Development Manager, and has been instrumental in the growth of the business.
Graeme Kasselman
Graeme Kasselman, Thames Water Graeme has spent the last 15 years in infrastructure asset management for wastewater assets. He is currently the Thames Water lead for Investment Planning for six of Greater London’s wastewater systems, collecting and treating foul and surface water for about 10.4 million Londoners.
Hina Bokhari
Hina Bokhari is a British Liberal Democrat politician who has been a Member of the London Assembly since May 2021. She became the joint first Muslim woman elected to the Assembly, along with Sakina Sheikh and Marina Ahmad. She previously worked as a teacher and is a councillor in Merton.
Howard Grey
Howard Grey, PR & Specification Consultant, Green Blue Urban Howard is a passionate advocate for green and blue infrastructure. Understanding the many conflicting claims on the space in our towns and cities. He works hard to educate stakeholders to achieve the best possible approach to incorporate natured based solutions into schemes. His enthusiasm is legendary with a passion for collaboration across the industry.
Jessica Jefferys
Jessica Jefferys has 15 years experience and technical expertise in drainage design and product management looking after industry leading Drainage Design products and engaging with the large multi-disciplinary customer base. Jessica is actively involved in several industry bodies and has a keen interest in promoting green infrastructure as part of sustainable surface water management approaches.
Jo Bradley
Jo Bradley, UK Director of Operations, Stormwater Shepherds Stormwater Shepherds is a not-for-profit organisation intent on reducing pollution from urban surfaces, including microplastics and plastic litter. Jo has worked in the field of pollution prevention and control for over 30 years and in recent years has focussed on stormwater pollution. She is currently working to try and find a sensible and equitable way to fund better stormwater management in the UK.
John S Hollis
Jon is Chartered Water and Environmental Manager an experienced Programme Manager working for the Environment Agency. Originally a cartographer, he moved into programme management in 2007, and has developed, monitored and managed several programmes. He’s had roles in business planning and allocations. The £15m Natural Flood Management (NFM) Programme Jon managed has learnt more about NFM measures to support others to make more use of them. The programme has enabled Jon to work with practitioners and ministers alike. He’s passionate about sharing that knowledge to encourage and enable others to do more. He has an international network, and is developing tools to make information about NFM more accessible to all. Having grown up in the fens, Jon has always loved the outdoors and it’s no surprise that his career is in the environment sector. Out of work you will likely find him walking in the countryside with a camera around his neck trying to capture landscape and wildlife pictures
Julie Foley
Julie Foley is Director of Flood Risk Strategy and National Adaptation in the Environment Agency, a role she took up in January 2019. Julie is responsible for leading the development of the Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy working with government, risk management authorities and other partner
Julie has been in the Environment Agency for 13 years and was formerly Area Director for the Environment Agency’s Kent and South London Area.
Julie Waldron
Julie Waldron, Edinburgh City Council
An experienced, enthusiastic chartered landscape architect/landscape planner of more than 25 years. Proven track record of delivering high profile projects in London, Edinburgh and Stirlingshire in the public and private sector. Winner of the Civic Trust award, B.A.L.I Award and member of the teams that won the British Urban Regeneration Award and R.T.P.I Award. Suds Champion 2021.
Louise Walker
Dr Louise Walker, CIRIA, facilitator Louise is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager. She has over 15 years’ experience of working with multidisciplinary and international teams within the academic, public and private sectors to develop practical support for more sustainable water management. Louise is Senior Project manager for sustainable water with CIRIA
Mark Ellis
Mark Ellis is a Solutions Engineer at Innovyze. Having graduated back in 2007 Mark has spent his career since working across the software industry, with experience spanning the Cloud, Asset Management and the Water Sector. Mark now specialises in drainage design solution customer engagement throughout the EMEAI region for Innovyze.
Mary Dhonau
Mary has been flooded herself on many occasions and has extensive experience in supporting and advising the victims of flooding during their recovery. Mary is the co-author of the Homeowners Guide to Flood Resilience, the Business Guide to Flood Resilience and the Homeowners Guide to Flood Recovery. She is one of the leads of the Defra Property Resilience round table. In 2018 she project managed the adaptation of two properties in Cumbria to enable them to recover from future floods, which won an Environment Agency ‘Project Excellence’ award. Mary Has also published an eBook of stories from Homes and businesses who have made adaptations to help them recover more quickly after a flood. She was awarded an OBE for her work in 2009
Nick Bowen
Nick Bowen, Director, Raeburn Farquhar Bowen Nick is a chartered landscape architect and Director of RaeburnFarquharBowen, whose studio creates habitats for people and nature. Nick has been designing and delivering multi-functional landscapes for rainwater for over 20 years.
Phil Emonson
Phil Emonson is a Technical Director and Head of Flood Resilience at JBA Consulting. Phil has 15 years' experience in flood risk, resilience and emergency planning, is a Chartered Member of CIWEM, and a Member of the Emergency Planning Society for whom he Chairs the Flood Resilience Professional Working Group.
Prof. Richard Ashley
Professor Richard Ashley is a Professional Chartered Civil Engineer and Emeritus Professor of Urban Water at the University of Sheffield, Adjunct Professor at Lulea Technical University,
Sweden and researcher in flood resilience at IHE in Delft, Netherlands. An international research and practice career spanning more than 50 years in the design and science of urban water systems. More than 600 publications; co-author of numerous CIRIA practical guidance documents for SuDS and nature-based systems, most recently co-creator of the B£ST valuation tool. Currently working on the EU Interreg project BEGIN [https://northsearegion.eu/begin/].
Richard Coutts
Richard is the founding Director of Baca Architects, winners of The Urban Design Group's - Practice of the Year in 2016/17 and was the Project Architect for the UK's first Amphibious House which can withstand up to 2.5m of floodwater. The Amphibious House has won numerous awards and has been featured on Grand Designs.
Richard has contributed extensively to research and innovation around the hugely important area of living and working with water, including his RIBA publication: ''Aquatecture: Buildings and Cities Designed to Live and Work with Water” and his development of the technologies that made the Amphibious House possible. He has also played integral roles in the Core Cities Advisory Group for Her Majesty's Government, and the Detra-funded LiFE (Long-term Initiatives for Flood-risk Environments) project, which aimed to identify ways in which the means of managing flood risk can be integrated within development sites.
What is susdrain? susdrain is a community that provides a range of resources for those involved in delivering sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). SuDS help to manage flood risk and water quality and also improve biodiversity and amenity as well as a host of other benefits to create great places to live, work and play. With the need for SuDS greater than ever before, www.susdrain.org provides up-to-date guidance, information, case studies, videos, and photos that help to underpin the planning, design, approval, construction and maintenance of SuDS.
Tarjeevn Sahota
Tarjeevn is Enterprise Architect/ Consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the UK utilities sector, supporting digital transformation and process optimization for utilities and government agencies.