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Organised by ICE Wales Cymru in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environment Management.
Supported by Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and Cardiff University.
Sponsored by Atkins SNC-Lavalin, Waterco, Arup, JBA Consulting and Binnies.
Session Chair: Melissa Mahavar-Snow, CIWEM Wales Branch
Q & A and panel discussion.
Image credit: Ed Ferguson.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
Melissa is a Project Executive for Natural Resources Wales (NRW). Over the past 13 years she has successful delivered a number of projects and programmes which have benefitted thousands of people, wildlife and the environment of Wales. Melissa is passionate about the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
Melissa is a Chartered Water & Environmental Manager and Chartered Environmentalist. Melissa is a CIWEM Welsh Branch committee member.
Fran is Binnies’ natural capital assessment specialist with 15 years’ experience in valuing the benefits of nature for informed investment planning. Her work seeks to ensure that we account for all of nature’s services that we benefit from, underpinning our economic resilience and well-being. The inclusion of all services, not just those that we can easily attach a monetary value to, provides a means to help restore the living landscapes around us.
She works in a range of sectors for both the public and private sector, including: water, flood risk, conservation, renewable energy and economic development. Her work embraces innovative digital technology including remote sensing and interactive websites as a means to aid nature recovery. Her work regularly helps secure additional funding for nature recovery, increasingly new, innovative funding models are linked to agro-ecological transition and catchment restoration. Fran is part of a socio-ecological resilience research cluster at Hull University’s Centre for Systems Research whilst studying for her PhD on regenerative farming practices. She is also founding Director of Chester Community Energy who own and operate renewable energy schemes in Cheshire.
Reza is a Reader and the Director of International at School of Engineering, Cardiff University. He has more than 15 years’ experience in developing and refining hydro-environmental computational models. Reza is the past Chair and member of the leadership team of the International Association for Hydro-environment engineering and Research (IAHR) UK chapter and is a member of Editorial Panel of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management. Reza’s research is mainly motivated by reducing the risk to humans’ health and sustainable use of water. Three key strands of his research are as follows: flood modelling with particular focus on modelling flash floods, dynamically 1D-2D linked models, implementation of sustainable and nature-based solutions, including SuDS, modelling flood risk and hazard and evacuation and access route planning; Marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy including tidal lagoons and barrages; and water quality modelling particularly nutrients and hydro-epidemiological modelling.
Technical Director, Asset Strategy & Planning Practice Head of Discipline, Atkins
Jeremy has over 40 years’ experience in the water industry and is a well-known figure in the field of Storm Water Management (SWM). In the last 10 years, he has held a number of responsible positions and is currently advising several water companies, associated industry and the government on the approach needed for SWM in the future. He has Chaired the Water UK Surface Water Management Network and been Chair of the joint Water Companies and EA Group advising Defra on overcoming the difficulties in delivery of SuDS legislation in the UK. He sits on the Welsh Government SuDS Implementation Group and was a member of the Wales Flood Risk Management Committee for 10 years. He has many links to water companies and the Environment Agency as well as Scottish Water, SEPA and WICS. He advises on a range of high profile projects such as subject matter expert on drainage for HS2 and expert witness on drainage strategy for Sizewell C. He is the Project Director for Daylighting of the Dock Feeder canal. Jeremy has also chaired the CIWEM Professional Standards Committee.
Tom is a technical advisor in the Welsh Government Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Branch. Tom delivered the Business Case Guidance used by Risk Management Authorities to justify FCERM investment in Wales, he also oversees the appraisal of all Local Authority FCERM schemes.
Dickon is technical advisor in flood and coastal erosion risk management for Welsh Government. Dickon is a chartered civil engineer and has worked in flood risk management for 10 years in the UK and Canada. Dickon has worked as both an engineer and project manager across a diverse range of flood and coastal projects including flood alleviation, river restoration, coastal erosion, tsunamis, and debris flows.
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