Maritime Expert Panel

The Maritime Panel provides technical knowledge in key areas such as coastal erosion, flooding, offshore energy, ports and inland navigation.

The Maritime Expert Panel supports our key learned society objectives of policy consultation, knowledge provision and thought leadership. The panel works with our staff to deliver outputs focusing on key areas in the sector including coastal engineering and management, dredging, flood risk management, offshore engineering, ports, harbours, and docks.

Meet the panel

The Maritime Expert Panel is made up of a variety of industry experts. Find out more about our panel chair and details of the panel's members.

  • Panel chair: Nick Hardiman

    Maritime Expert Panel

    Nick has eighteen years' experience in the field of land and water management in the UK and internationally, and has for ten years led on coastal management at the Environment Agency's national Flood and Coastal Risk Management Directorate. He has chaired the Maritime Panel since 2018, and key Panel events such as the 2019 international Coastal Management conference in La Rochelle, and the Panel's biennial Vernon Harcourt Lecture.


Other panel members

Panel member name Employer
Dr Heidi Burgess Brighton University
Steve Challinor Independent consultant
Bryan Curtis Independent consultant
Nick Elderfield DHI Water Environments UK
Neil Glover GMOC Ltd
Greg Guthrie Royal Haskoning DHV
Paul Hesk Van Oord
Alice Johnson Royal Haskoning DHV
Lavinia Melilla Arcadis
Dr Nigel Pontee CH2M

The panel supports ICE's learned society activity in the following ways:

  • Informing our policy work, including our State of the Nation reports and consultation responses
  • Creating our knowledge material, including case studies, briefing sheets, recorded lectures and blog articles
  • Supporting our thought leadership programme, identifying industry trends and challenges

The panel has recently produced the following:

The panel is currently working on a number of projects including:

  • Ecological engineering for practitioners
  • Inputs to the Environment Agency's new Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management strategy
  • A briefing note on what maritime and coastal engineers are doing about climate change