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.

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Morning Session

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

Afternoon Session

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.

Booking information

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