Operation GRITROCK, Britain's response to the fight against Ebola. The talk focuses on the construction of hospitals and the close relationship between engineers and the Department for International Development (DfID)." /> Operation GRITROCK, Britain's response to the fight against Ebola. The talk focuses on the construction of hospitals and the close relationship between engineers and the Department for International Development (DfID)." />

Operation GRITROCK - Building to fight ebola, London

12 March, 2015 | 18:30 - 20:20

Operation GRITROCK - Building to fight ebola, London

About this event

Speakers

Major Nick Francis

David Woolnough

Major Nick Francis studied Engineering Sciences at Durham University and has spent the last 15 years serving in the Royal Engineers, completing operational tours in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Following Professional Engineer Training, which included site experience on works for the London Olympics and a secondment to Arup, he qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer.

During the 2014 floods Nick deployed on Operation PITCHPOLE and was responsible for the design and construction of an improvised weir which protected the town of Romsey from flooding.

Nick and his team deployed to Sierra Leone in late September last year as part of 62 Works Group, Royal Engineers. Nick and his team were responsible for the rapid design and construction of three 100 bed Ebola Treatment Units.

David Woolnough has spent the past six months leading the UK Operational Delivery team in DFID’s Ebola Crisis Unit. He has now returned to his regular day job leading DFID’s Climate, Energy & Water Research team. Before that he spent four years in Malawi as DFID’s Growth & Resilience Team Leader, delivering programmes on growth, private sector, climate change and WASH. David has over twenty years’ experience in government and the private sector, catalysing innovation in sectors from clean energy to mobile phone banking. He is one of around 40 engineers in DFID.

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