Flooding – A proactive approach, Perth

26 May, 2017 | 09:30 - 13:00

The devastating effects of flooding on Aberdeenshire in the winter of 2015/16.
The devastating effects of flooding on Aberdeenshire in the winter of 2015/16.

About this event

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 received Royal Assent on 16th June 2009. This event will summarise the process followed to date to meet the requirements of the Act and will examine how the Act has led to the collaborative approach to Flood Risk Management and how this is incorporated into development of infrastructure.

This event will also highlight the challenges of flooding, including some recent impacts in Aberdeenshire, managing public expectations, and the challenges of calls for short-term actions versus the long-term strategy and issues with promoting flood schemes.

The event will also look at how Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 has been incorporated into the Planning Legislation and Development Planning for developments.


For more information, please contact:

Ross Speirs
e: ross.speirs@fife.gov.uk

This event is jointly sponsored by:



David Gowans

David is a Technical Manager with consultants Sweco UK. He is a chartered civil engineer with 20 years' experience working in flood risk management. He led local government representation on Scottish Government's flooding policy group overseeing the development of new legislation and guidance that supported production of flood risk management strategies and plans. He was project director for Moray Council's £170 million programme of five major flood schemes.

Dave is a board trustee of the Scottish Flood Forum and a strategic adviser to the Urban Flood Resilience ESPRC-funded research project led by Nottingham University and including Heriot Watt University. He is a past chair of ICE in Highlands and Islands.

Ross Speirs

Ross is the Lead Professional for the Harbour Flood and Coast Team in Fife Council. He is a chartered civil engineer with a wide range of experience within civil engineering both from a public and private sector viewpoint gained over 30 years' within the industry. He has been involved in all aspects of flooding, coastal management and design, and maintenance of defences since 2007 while working with Scottish Government, Dundee City Council, and now Fife Council. He is currently leading the Harbours Flood and Coast Team as a Responsible Authority under the FRM Act, providing expert knowledge to planning colleagues on flooding and flood risk, as well as managing the 180km coastline and 11 Council-owned harbours within Fife.

Gavin Penman

Gavin is the Projects Service Manager at Aberdeenshire Council. A chartered civil engineer with a wide range of experience in structures, roads maintenance and delivery of civil engineering projects over his 17 years at Aberdeenshire Council. His recent experience includes dealing with the response to the December 2015/January 2016 flooding that caused devastation across Aberdeenshire, as well as taking forward the Local Flood Risk Management Plan as Lead Local Authority under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, including the Huntly and Stonehaven Flood Protection Schemes.

Paul Hendy

Paul is the Operations Director at Scottish Flood Forum. He has extensive experience of UK wide community flood recovery, specifically in working to support and train communities and individuals to deal with the trauma of flooding and to enable them take control of their lives. He worked extensively with the Communities in Aberdeenshire affected by Storms Desmond and Frank in the winter of 2015/16.

Paul also has extensive experience in delivering tailored community resilience programmes, community emergency plans, and property-level flood protection surveys. Between January 2005 and September 2009 he worked as a consultant to give advice and support to the 3500 flood victims in Carlisle and surrounding areas. He has also worked on similar schemes in Yorkshire, Humberside, and Northumberland.