Future of flood risk management
CIWEM invites you to celebrate 70 years of our Rivers and Coastal Group
What can history teach us about the most effective approach to flood risk management? How can we apply lessons learned to the challenges we face today? And as our environment faces an uncertain future, what role can those working in rivers and coastal management play to protect future generations?
A draft strategy released by the Environment Agency in 2019 and due for launch later this year calls for urgent investment in natural barriers and flood relief systems, and the creation of resilient communities that can withstand this increased risk of flooding. Flood risk management has never been so critical to protecting future generations from disaster.
This conference will feature a diverse range of speakers including practitioners, regulators and past leaders of the Rivers and Coastal Group, reviewing major trends over the last 70 years. At this event we will also present the Jack Lewin Prize.
09:00 - 09:30 | Registration and coffee
09:30 - 09:40 | Welcome remarks | Terry Fuller - CIWEM Chief Executive
09:40 - 10:15 | Keynote Speech and Q&A| Jackie Banks - Formerly National Asset Manager at the Environment Agency
10:15 - 11:35 | Panel discussion | Tackling today's flood risk challenges: lessons learned
Clare Mills | Moderator | Principal Engineer, Jacobs
Mary Dhonau | CEO, Know Your Flood Risk
Greg Guthrie | Coastal Management Consultant, Royal HaskoningDHV
David Jenkins | Chair of the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee
11:40 - 11:45 | Presentation | Kathryn Smith - Senior Hydrologist, Canal & River Trust
11:45 - 12:00 | Jack Lewin Prize
Refreshment and networking
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 – 14:00 | Armchair discussion| Diversity and skills in FCERM
Fay Bull | Moderator | Chair, Rivers & Coastal Group
Colin Berghouse | Manager, Workforce and Skills Centre of Excellence, Environment Agency
Hannah Coogan | Technical Director, JBA Consulting
William Shaw | FCERM & Water Consultant, Black & Veatch Ltd.
14:00 - 15:30 | Panel Discussion | A resilient future
Hannah Coogan | Moderator | Technical Director, JBA Consulting
Nigel Pontee | Global practice leader coastal planning and engineering, Jacobs
Innes Thomson | Chief executive, Association of Drainage Authorities
Matt Crossman | Head of water and flooding policy, National Infrastructure Commission
Jackie Banks | Formerly National Asset Manager at the Environment Agency
15:30 - 15:45 | Coffee break
15:45 - 17:15 | Panel discussion | Declaring a climate emergency : what does this mean for flood risk management?
Adam Hosking | Moderator | Director for Water Resources, Jacobs and Chair of CIWEMs Climate Change Panel
Carla Denyer | Green Councillor Clifton Down, Bristol
Andy Russell | Senior Analyst, Committee on Climate Change
Julie Foley | Director FCRM Strategy & National Adaptation, Environment Agency
17:15 - 17:30 | Closing remarks
17:30 - 19:00 | Networking reception
Annual General Meeting
12:05 - 12:15
The Rivers and Coastal Group Annual General Meeting will take place at this event at During the lunch break.
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