ICE East of England Flood and Water Management Conference 2017, Duxford

19 October, 2017 | 10:00 - 17:00

Construction of the Ipswich Barrier.
Construction of the Ipswich Barrier.

About this event

Following our popular Flood Risk and Water Management Conferences in 2011, 2013, and 2015 we're revisiting the topic in 2017.

Speakers with first-hand experience of the issues will give updates on the state of flood and water management.

This event is for engineers, planners and others working in related fields. As well as exploring some of the policy challenges the day will include sessions on:

  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
  • Rivers and Fluvial Flooding
  • Coastal Flooding
  • Surface Water Flooding
  • Local case studies

Attendance fees:

Early Bird (to 20 September 2017)
Member: £105 plus VAT
Non-member: £125 plus VAT
Standard rate (from 21 September 2017)
Member: £130 plus VAT
Non-member: £150 plus VAT

This includes access to all the speakers' presentations, an excellent buffet lunch and breaks with tea and coffee. Delegates are also free to look around the museum until it closes at 6pm. Reserve your place via the 'Book Now' the button below.


  • ACO Water Management
  • IBS Engineered Products Ltd
  • Land and Water Group
  • Rainwater Harvesting Limited
  • National Flood Forum
Programme Session Slot Speaker
10:00 - 10:30 Introduction   Professor Jean Venables CBE FREng DSc MSc BSc(Eng) CEng CEnv FICE MCIWEM FCGI
10:30 - 11:00 Why flood and water management? Human impact of flooding Heather Shepherd, Community Support & Flood Recovery Specialist National Flood Forum
11:00 – 11:10 Q & A
11:10 - 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:00 Tidal and Fluvial Flooding Godmanchester Flood Alleviation Scheme Andrew Rouse, Project Team Manager, South East ncpms Environment Agency
12:00 – 12:30 The Ipswich Barrier Charles Schelpe, Principal Engineer Global Technology Leader – Flood Risk Management CH2M HILL
12:30 – 12:45 Q & A
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 14:15 Surface Water Flooding A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon- Surface Water and Flood Risk Mitigation

Charlotte Nunns, Principal Consultant & Andrew Procter, Project Manager
A14 Integrated delivery team

14:15 – 14:45 ICE SuDS Task Group – Survey and Outputs Dr David Smoker, Chair of the ICE SuDS Task Group and Business Development Director ACO Water Management, ACO Technologies
14:45 – 15:00 Q & A
15:00 – 15:30 Break    
15:30 – 16:00 Case Study Wallasea Wild Island Coast Project Simon Trickett, Independent Consultant
16:00 – 16:30 The Future of Flooding 2050 Is the East of England Ready? How engineers and engineering can help manage change Steven Trewhella, Director, Rivelin Bridge Ltd
16:30 – 16:45 Q & A
16:45 – 17:00 Close Closing remarks and vote of thanks


Professor Jean Venables CBE FREng DSc MSc BSc(Eng) CEng CEnv FICE MCIWEM FCGI

Jean Venables

Jean Venables is a leading consultant in flood risk and water level management, Chair of the Engineering and Environment Committee for WFEO (the World Federation of Engineering Organisations), a member of the RNLI Council and Technical Committee, Vice President of ADA and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Education and Skills committee. She is Chair of the Constructionarium Board and also the ICE Club. She is also a Visiting Professor at Coventry University.

Jean has wide experience of flood risk management, water level management, facilitation and chairmanship, and works with colleagues to assist the construction industry to improve sustainable development. She has been closely associated with CEEQUAL which has been acquired by BRE who already run BREEAM.

Jean was awarded the MBE for services to civil engineering, the OBE for services to flood defence and the CBE for services to the civil engineering profession, and the Institution of Civil Engineers' Garth Watson Medal. The University of Kent, Kingston University and Nottingham University have awarded Jean Honorary Doctorates. The Jean Venables Medal is awarded by the ICE for the best performance in the Technician Engineers Review.

Her volunteer professional activities include having been Chairman of the ICE Professional Conduct Panel, Foundation Governor Tiffin School. She has recently stepped down as a Non-Executive Director of HR Wallingford and Chair of the Nuclear Liabilities Fund and is the past Chief Executive of the Association of Drainage Authorities and past Chair of the Customer Challenge Group for Sutton and East Surrey Water Company. Jean was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2008-9, the first woman to be President in the Institution's 190-year history.

Heather Shepherd

Heather Shepherd

Community Support & Flood Recovery Specialist, National Flood Forum

Heather Shepherd works for The National Flood Forum with a focus on Community Engagement and Flood Recovery. Heather has suffered flooding herself and has worked in flooding for 18 years.

Amongst her many roles, for the past 10 of these, she has provided long term recovery advice and support for Communities, Councils & LRF's, a few of these include; the major floods of Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Calderdale, Liverpool, Hampshire. Although Heather now works as a senior manager, she still likes to ensure she keeps working at the heart of communities where possible, supporting people in recovery, creating partnership working to reduce flood risk and increase community resilience.

Heather gave evidence to the EFRA committee at the winter floods of 2015-16 inquiry, she is also a member of the Midlands RFCC and received an MBE for her services to flooded communities.

Andrew Rouse

Project Team Manager, South East, ncpms, Environment Agency

Andrew Rouse started his engineering career working for Sir William Halcrow and Partners (Halcrow) out of their Peterborough office. Andrew has specialised in river and coastal engineering around Lincolnshire and Norfolk coastlines, places such as Lincshore (Beach nourishment between Skegness to Mablethorpe), Salthouse and Brancaster and the Norfolk Broads on the tidal River Yare.

Andrew headed up the design team for the Broadland PPP project within the joint venture company Broadland Environmental Services Limited (BESL). The joint venture was made up from staff from Halcrow and Edmund Nuttall working to deliver a 20 year flood defence management programme throughout the floodplains of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. Andrew became chartered with the Institution of Civil Engineers in Autumn 2001. In February 2003, Andrew joined the Environment Agency Anglian Region's Procurement team. He prepared contract documents, negotiated with suppliers and headed up the coastal element of the National Contractor's Framework (NCF2).

In 2007, Andrew moved backed to day to day engineering, through project managing capital, large scale flood management scheme for the Environment Agency's Anglian Region - Southern Felixstowe Coastal Defences, Alconbury Flood Alleviation scheme and Wisbech Flood Defences (circa £40 million). In 2009, Andrew was promoted to manage the Environment Agency's ncpms major project and packaging team within Anglian Region and is responsible for implementing flood risk management schemes through his team (circa £35 million/year).

Current focus is on locations throughout the Region for example, Delivery of the Reconditioning et al Programme of Works to repair around 500 assets across the Region including MEICA works (Tilbury Barrier, Colne Barrier and Canvey Barriers) along with main capital schemes - Lincshore, Minsmere FRMS, Clacton and Holland strategy and Godmanchester FRMS.

Charles Schelpe

Charles Schelpe

Principal Engineer, Global Technology Leader – Flood Risk Management, CH2M HILL

Charles has over 30 years broad experience of flood risk management, river, water, public health, and infrastructure projects both in the UK and internationally. He is experienced on a wide variety of projects involving fluvial and tidal river/flood engineering, and covering works including storm surge barriers, barrages, flood storage reservoirs, flood defence walls and embankments, dredging, scour and erosion protection, weirs, sluices, navigation infrastructure, major utility diversions, managed realignment/wetland creation, fish passes, and environmental enhancement works.

Charles is CH2M's Global Practice Leader for Flood Risk Management and is currently the lead for the CH2M team providing Independent Technical Assessment services for the Environment Agency's Ipswich Barrier and Boston Barrier schemes. He is also CH2M's Senior Technical Consultant for the TEAM2100, Bridgwater Barrier, Lowestoft FRMP, and Oxford FAS projects as well as for the East Side Coastal Resiliency project involving the design of the tidal flood defences for a section of Manhattan, New York.

Charlotte Nunns BSc(Hons), CWEM, MCIWEM, CEnv

Charlotte Nunns

Principal Consultant, A14 Integrated delivery team

Charlotte is a Principal consultant specialising in flood risk policy and legislation, and all aspects of flood risk assessment. Charlotte leads on the technical delivery of flood risk aspects of major infrastructure projects for Atkins and has delivered both regional and national scale projects, including the authoring of the water related consents strategy for High Speed 2 and assessing the impacts of London 2012 temporary venues.

Charlotte has been involved in the flood risk elements of the A14 improvements scheme since 2001 having previously spent 6 years with the Environment Agency as a development control engineer within the Partnerships and Strategic Overview team.

Charlotte is the new members' co-ordinator for CIWEM East Anglian Branch.

Andrew Proctor BEng (Hons), CEng, MICE

Andrew Proctor

Project Manager, A14 Integrated delivery team

Andrew is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 18 years of experience in the design, management and construction of highway and infrastructure projects in the UK and Ireland. He has worked for engineering contractors and consultants initially specialising in highway drainage design before progressing to Project Management.

Andrew has worked on a variety of projects from design through to construction, including M60 Junctions 5 to 8 Widening, N9 Carlow Bypass and Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. He is currently a Project Manager for CH2M based in Glasgow and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Andrew was a Design Package Manager for the Integrated Delivery Team during the detailed design phase of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme and was responsible for the design delivery of the offline sections of the works.

Dr David Smoker

Dr David Smoker

Chair of the ICE SuDS Task Group and Business Development Director, ACO Water Management, ACO Technologies

David is the chair of the ICE SuDS Task Group, which is sponsored by ACO Technologies plc.

He has worked in technical and commercial roles within the water industry for 30 years and is currently the Business Development Director at ACO Technologies. He is not a Civil Engineer but holds a BSc Hons in Chemistry, an MSc in Polymer technology and a PhD in Polymer Rheology.

In the sustainable drainage arena David sits on various EN and BSI standards workgroups and is chair of PRI088/1/P2 - Underground infiltration, attenuation and storage systems.

He is vice-chair of British Water SWM Focus Group, and worked on the new British Water 'SuDS Guide', the 'Treatment Device Test Code of Practice' and the forthcoming 'Structural Design of Geocellular Tanks in Highways'.

David is a Past Chairman of SBWWI (Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries) – now Future Water Association - and a Trustee Director of the charity USIT (Utility Services Industry Training).

Simon Trickett

Simon Trickett

Independent Consultant

Simon Trickett is currently an independent consultant providing environmental, and in particular consents management for the Ferrovial Laing O'Rourke JV, who are delivering the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a large new sewer system designed to protect the tidal Thames from sewage pollution.

For the preceding 16 years Simon has worked for the Environment Agency as a regulatory officer and Capita as an environmental and waste management consultant, helping to deliver a wide range of large scale projects including clearance and relocation of businesses and other land users from within the 2012 Olympic Park and the design and development of modern waste management facilities. Most recently Simon was the Environment, Waste and Consents Manager for BAM Nuttall during their four year delivery of the Crossrail Marine Transportation project, charged with the logistical management, transportation and final placement of 3million tonnes of tunnel arising's to create new saltmarsh habitat at Wallasea Island, Essex.

Steven Trewhella

Steven Trewhella

Director, Rivelin Bridge Ltd

With 24 years of UK and international infrastructure and environmental engineering experience, Steven is committed to making a difference by working with decision makers, industry, partners and communities to unlock possibilities and bring solutions to life. Steven is recognised leader in the field of water and flood resilience having delivered major programmes of work, and supported the planning and shaping of water related built environment projects in excess of £1bn. Steven is committed to working with others to create great places that are sensitive to future risks and opportunities.