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

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

Venue address:

AirSpace Conference Centre
Duxford Imperial War Museum
CB22 4QR
United Kingdom
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

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Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed on any matters by the presenters or participants during or in connection with this presentation are solely the views of the authors of the respective comments and/or opinions and must not be taken to be the views of ICE or any other organisation. ICE makes no representations, warranties or assurances concerning any information provided in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for the content and/or accuracy.

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 Surface Water and Flood Risk Mitigation Charlotte Nunns, Atkins & TBC, CH2M
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, Project Environment Manager, BAM Nuttall Ltd
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

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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

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Charles Schelpe

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

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Charlotte Nunns


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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

Project Environment Manager, BAM Nuttall Ltd

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Steven Trewhella

Director, Rivelin Bridge Ltd

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IBS Engineered Products Ltd designs, manufactures and installs high quality, engineered flood protection solutions for a range of projects types from private domestic clients to large, high profile multi-million pound flood risk management schemes.

Since our founding in Germany in 1994, we have grown into one of the worldwide leading companies in the flood protection industry, with solutions that include removable flood barriers, flood doors, demountable flood walls and floodgates, as well as a market leading, innovative glass flood defence system that is the most widely used of its' type in the UK.

Our business operates globally using IBS owned offices, coupled with a network of successful sales distributors and partners. This organisation allows us to be at the forefront of markets across the world, with many successful installations throughout our home continent of Europe, as well as countries further afield including the USA, Australia, Japan and Thailand.

Our mission is to offer our customers holistic solutions that utilise a high proportion of in-house services. We react quickly and flexibly to customer specific requirements, thereby proving our claim of competence and innovation leadership within our chosen operating markets. Customer satisfaction is always top priority and we have proved ourselves, time and time again, to be a trustworthy partner by providing suitable, reliable and timely solutions to specific customer needs.

With our highly engineered, flexible and complete systems, we have supported our customers across the world for over two decades against flooding disasters. Thanks to our reliable and sustainable flood prevention technology, which can be deployed quickly and safely, our clients are able to protect and save many lives, homes and businesses.

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