Preparing London for change: Lecture 2 - Natural threats, London

15 May, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:00

Preparing London for change: Lecture 2 - Natural threats, London

About this event

How can we ensure London is ready for climate change?

More extreme weather is on its way due to climate change. Droughts, flooding and heatwaves will all become increasingly likely as the UK's seasons become more extreme.

How can London prepare for these worst case scenarios? And what does a city predicted to have 11 million people by 2050 need to do to avoid these situations?

This lecture, the second in the Preparing London for Change series, will seek to answer these questions through a number of fascinating presentations from:

Dave Wardle, Chair, ICE London & South East England Water Panel

Alex Nickson, Water Resources and Growth Lead, Thames Water
Speaking on the threat from drought.

Samina Khan, Programme Director, River Thames Scheme (Datchet to Teddington)
Speaking on the threat from flooding

Vincent J Dardis, Senior Operating Officer, TfL
Speaking on the threat from heatwaves

Cassie Sutherland, Environment Programme Manager, GLA
Speaking on London's response to climate change

Follow the debate on Twitter: @ICE_London #ICEPreparingLondon

This lecture is supported by London Resilience, the body tasked with coordinating institutions and communities to prevent, handle, recover and learn from disruption, and adapt to change; on behalf of the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority, Local Authorities and London Fire Brigade to ensure London survives and prospers.

London Resilience


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Dave Wardle

Dave Wardle

Chair, ICE London and South East England Water Panel

Dave Wardle is a chartered Electrical Engineer and Honorary Fellow of ICE with over 30 years experience in the water management industry. In 1989 he joined the National Rivers Authority (NRA) which was created to take over some former responsibilities of the Regional Water Authorities during privatisation of the water industry. He transferred to the Environment Agency when it was created in 1996.

Dave held many different management roles in Environment Agency including Water Resources, Flood Defence, Environment Protection and Area Manager for Thames North East. Before his retirement in 2013, Dave was London Environment Manager. He managed strategic relationship with partners across London and the Thames estuary, and oversaw the management of major Environment Agency projects including the Olympic site, the Thames Estuary 2100 Project and the London Tideway Tunnels. He is firmly committed to ensuring that we pass on a better environment that is fit for future generations.

Vincent J Dardis

Vincent J Dardis

Senior Operating Officer, TfL

Vincent J Dardis is a Senior Operating Officer with TfL and has over 38 years of front line experience. He has worked extensively within Trains, Stations and Service Control functions. Vincent was instrumental in developing and chairing the Emergency Services Group enhancing working relationships between TfL and the Emergency Services and greatly improving incident management protocols. Vincent is currently attached to the Reliability Improvement Team as well as developing a robust people-focused resilience program.

Samina Khan

Samina Khan

Programme Director, Environment Agency

Samina Khan is Programme Director for the Environment Agency led River Thames Scheme, the largest flood risk management programme in England. She has extensive leadership, programme and project management experience with a successful track record of delivering projects to time, cost and quality in a complex environment.

Recent projects include the £25M Medmerry Managed Realignment which won the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award in 2014. An ICE fellow, Samina leads multidisciplinary teams and regularly speaks at industry events sharing best practice in flood and coastal risk management.

Alex Nickson

Alex Nickson

Alex is the Water Resources and Growth Lead at Thames Water. His role involves working with the water and wastewater teams to develop long-term investment plans that are resilient, sustainable and deliverable.

Prior to moving to Thames Water, Alex worked for the Mayor of London for 11 years. At City Hall he led the team responsible for managing air quality, water, climate change adaptation and sustainable development.

Before working in London, Alex was an eco-tourism guide and led conservation projects. He has tracked tigers in Nepal, caught crocodiles in Zimbabwe and helped set up a marine conservation reserve in the Philippines.

Cassie Sutherland

Cassie Sutherland

Environment Programme Manager, GLA

Cassie Sutherland is the Policy and Programme Manager for Climate Change Adaptation and Water at the Greater London Authority. She is responsible for implementing the Mayor’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and future strategy development. Her role is also to raise the awareness and capacity of London and Londoners to respond to the impacts and opportunities presented by climate change. Previously, Cassie worked at Ofgem, Britain’s energy regulator developing and implementing domestic energy efficiency policy.