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2nd ICE Yorkshire and Humber flooding and water quality conference

Event organised by ICE

Date
21 September 2023
Time
08:30 - 16:30 BST (GMT+1)
Location
Leeds Marriott Hotel
4 Trevelyan Square
Boar Lane
Leeds, LS1 6ET
United Kingdom

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Overview

The regions of Yorkshire and Humber face a wide range of challenges in reducing flood risk in the future and particularly with the additional challenges associated with climate change, including increasing rainfall and run-off, as well as sea level rise in the coastal and estuarine regions.

The main aim of this conference is to bring together all the key stakeholders engaged in flood risk management in the regions, to discuss a range of solutions to reduce flood risk, enhance resilience and adapt for future climate change impacts.

The conference will feature key stakeholders and leading figures engaged in flooding issues crucial to the region. Representatives from the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and consulting engineering companies will offer their experiences, thoughts and ambitions for the future across a broad range of topics including:

  • policy,
  • digital innovation in flood risk management,
  • resilient infrastructure,
  • NFM (Natural Flood Management),
  • asset management and optimising for net-zero carbon.

Panel question and answer sessions will take place throughout the day, with senior representatives from key organisations and institutions responding to delegates. It is also a great opportunity to network with new and existing contacts, organisations and clients working across the region.

The ICE Yorkshire and Humber Flooding and Water Quality conference is becoming a key event in the regional calendar, focusing on delivering the best solutions for residents and business communities within the region to reduce the impacts of flooding in the future, with more resilient solutions and adapted for climate change.

Headline sponsor:

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group. We finance, develop, build and maintain the vital infrastructure that we all depend on.

Strategic partners:

Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water

We look after communities, protect the environment and plan ahead to look after Yorkshire's water, today, tomorrow, always.

Environment Agency

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

Programme

08:30 - 09:30

Registration, coffee and exhibition viewing

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome

09:35 - 10:45

Session 1: Policy for flooding and water quality

  • Chair: Bryan Penny, ICE Yorkshire and Humber regional chair

Panel members:

  • Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley
  • Martin Christmas, operations manager, Environment Agency Yorkshire Region
  • Adam Ashman, head of strategic planning, Yorkshire Water
  • Richard Dennis, project director, Leeds City Council
10:45 - 11:00

Q&A

11:00 - 11:25

Coffee and exhibition viewing

11:25 - 12:25

Session 2: Coastal erosion and risk management challenges

  • Chair: Jeremy Pickles, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Panel members:

  • Richard Jackson, coastal change manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Claire Brown, senior advisor pso east yorkshire, Environment Agency
  • Nick Cooper, technical director, Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Heather Davison-Smith, development officer, Yorkshire Marine Nature Partnership 
12:25 - 12:40

Q&A

12:40 - 12:45

Introduction to workshop sessions

12:45 - 13:45

Lunch and exhibition viewing

13:45 - 14:40

Session 3: Workshops

Workshop 1

Implementation of bathing water status to rivers and coastal waters

  • Chair: Roger Falconer, independent water consultant

Panel members:

  • Leah Humphries, coastal delivery and engagement manager, Yorkshire Water
  • Mike Dugher, area director, Environment Agency
  • David Kay, director, Centre for Research into Environment and Health (CREH)
  • Lee Pitcher, director of water and environment, Jacobs

Workshop 2

Implementation of Schedule 3 of the FWMA and the impacts on planning and development

  • Chair: Rachel Glossop, flood risk planning manager, Hull City Council

Panel members:

  • Roger Nowell, natural flood and water management coordinator, Sheffield City Council
  • Sam Kipling, senior advisor on coast and development planning, Environment Agency
  • Dr Andy Moores, executive director of research, Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRA)
  • Sarah Mason, wastewater asset strategy manager (drainage and ww networks), Yorkshire Water
14:40 - 15:05

Tea and exhibition viewing

15:05 - 16:05

Session 4: Catchment modelling and management

  • Chair: Richard Crowder, director, water & environment, Jacobs

Panel members:

  • Susan Connolly, Humber senior team leader, Environment Agency
  • Phil Raynor, director of hydroinformatics, Jacobs
  • Gwen Rhodes, principal civil engineer, Stantec
  • Emma Brown, manager of strategic partnerships, Yorkshire Water
  • Peter Charlesworth, project principal, Mott MacDonald
  • Jordan McMullan, regional discipline lead – civil networks (Leeds), Stantec
  • James Harrison, head of wastewater asset management, Yorkshire Water
16:05 - 16:25

Q&A

16:25

Closure

Speakers

Bryan Penny CEng MICE

Bryan Penny CEng MICE

Institution of Civil Engineers

Yorkshire and Humber Regional Chair

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Bryan Penny CEng MICE

Bryan Penny is a Senior Associate working in the Mott MacDonald, Building and Cities unit in Sheffield.  He has had a career in Civil Engineering spanning 30 years, starting work as a graduate site engineer before moving to engineering consultants to work on restoration of coal mining sites and environmental improvements to water courses and rivers. Over the past 10 years, he has been occupied with Flood Defence schemes in the Yorkshire and Humber region, working with both local authorities and the Environment Agency. The common theme is that flood defence and water management directly improve the lives of communities, protecting homes and businesses and the infrastructure that they rely on. The implementation of schemes helps support further investment and development in an area while reassuring property owners that the risk of flooding has been reduced.

There is an increasing focus within clients and communities for providing schemes that bring environmental and ecological benefits, schemes which also minimise the impacts of construction and use low-carbon materials, all while ensuring optimum value. Bryan’s role in leading and supporting the development of flood alleviation schemes requires constant updating of his knowledge to stay abreast of the latest legislation and regulations as well as developments in industry best practices. He feels it is important to take some time to reflect on strategic issues and consider what the future challenges will be as we move further towards climate uncertainty.

Robbie Moore

Robbie Moore

Keighley and Ilkley

member of parliament

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Robbie Moore

Robbie Moore is the Member of Parliament for Keighley and Ilkley, a position he has held since 2019. Since being elected, Robbie has served as a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. During his time in Parliament, Robbie has helped the Ilkley Clean River group secure bathing water status in the River Wharfe. Robbie has also secured £15 million of funding for a sewer upgrade in Ilkley, which will help reduce the frequency and volume of storm discharges into the river Wharfe during periods of heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Robbie is from an agricultural background and grew up on his family’s farm in Lincolnshire, before training to be a chartered rural surveyor. He started his own business in this area before entering Parliament.

Martin Christmas

Martin Christmas

Environment Agency

operations manager

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Martin Christmas

Martin is currently an operations manager with the Environment Agency (EA) on the leadership team in Yorkshire area, responsible for our assets in West Yorkshire. He has been with the EA for 25 years; starting as an ecologist doing hands on fieldwork. He has worked mainly in the fields of biodiversity, water quality, monitoring and environmental planning. He joined the leadership team in Yorkshire in 2013 leading on: Onshore Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Bathing Waters and Water Regulation. 

Previous jobs include working as a Logging Geologist for an oil services company and a post-doctoral researcher at Durham University.

Adam Ashman

Adam Ashman

Yorkshire Water

Head of Strategic Planning

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Adam Ashman

Adam has 20 years’ experience managing and transforming the performance of teams, equipment and assets, as well as business processes.

A Chartered engineer, he is head of strategic planning at Yorkshire Water, focusing on the climate, the transition to Net Zero, and the adaptation to a changing climate through the creation and implementation of the Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans.

Adam is a huge advocate of solving problems through innovation and the multiple benefits that come from working and learning together within partnerships.

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Coastal Change Manager

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Richard Jackson

Richard joined East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2010 and manages the Council’s Coastal Change Management team within Sustainable Development, having also previously worked across biodiversity and environmental management. The Coastal Change Management team is responsible for the development of corporate coastal change and shoreline management policy as well as the delivery of coastal change adaptation projects and engagement with at-risk communities and businesses. Richard is project manager for the Changing Coasts East Riding project (part of the national Coastal Transition Accelerator Programme).

Nick Cooper

Nick Cooper

Royal Haskoning DHV

Technical Director

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Nick Cooper

Nick Cooper is a Chartered civil engineer and Fellow of the ICE who has 30 years’ experience in coastal engineering. For the past 18 years he has been a technical director at Royal HaskoningDHV, leading the company’s inputs to a range of shoreline management plans, coastal startegies and coastal defence schemes, as well as marine renewable energy and port and harbour development projects. Nick was first involved in regional scale coastal monitoring in the late 1990s when he worked in the Environment Agency’s Anglian Region and since 2005 has managed the analytical services for the North East Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme. 

Lee Pitcher

Lee Pitcher

Jacobs

Director of Water & Environment

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Lee Pitcher

Lee is an award winning executive with over twenty years’ experience in the industry. He is respected for his strong social values and dedication to environmental improvement through partnerships. Starting on the front line, Lee is now director of water and environment, Europe at Jacobs with an interest in integrated catchment management. Before joining Jacobs, he was board member for the Living with Water programme where, along with his team, he delivered several transformational projects to pioneer developments in urban water resilience. His work saw him invited to deliver a keynote speech on the global stage at COP26 and present at the World Water Congress. Lee was delighted to recently host the Women in FCERM awards.

Heather Davison-Smith

Heather Davison-Smith

Yorkshire Marine Nature Partnership

Development Officer

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Heather Davison-Smith

Heather has worked in the marine conservation policy sector for over 10 years, with a focus on Yorkshire’s unique and diverse coastline. She currently leads the Yorkshire Marine Nature Partnership; working with a wide range of organisations across North and East Yorkshire to advocate for, support, and improve our marine and coastal ecosystems. Prior to this, she led management of the Marine Protected Areas around Flamborough and Filey, which still forms a key part of her role today. 

Roger Falconer FICE

Roger Falconer FICE

Cardiff University

independent water consultant

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Roger Falconer FICE

Roger Falconer is Emeritus Professor of Water Engineering at Cardiff University (previously Professor at Bradford, 1986-97), and an Independent Water Consultant. He is involved in a range of flood risk assessment projects (including the Independent Expert Group for the recent London floods) and chairs the River Wharfe Partnership Board – working to improve water quality in the Wharfe. He has published extensively in field and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Engineering (Foreign Member), the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Leah Humphries

Leah Humphries

Yorkshire Water

Coastal Delivery & Engagement Manager

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Leah Humphries

Leah is currently working as the inland bathing water manager at Yorkshire Water with over 8 years’ experience in the water industry. She has previously worked in roles in waste water, flood risk and more recently bathing water. Leah previously worked as the coastal delivery manager focusing on improving Yorkshire’s 19 coastal bathing waters before transitioning to focus on the UK’s first riverine bathing water designation at Ilkley.

Sam Kipling

Sam Kipling

Environment Agency

Senior advisor on coast & development planning

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Sam Kipling

Sam is a senior advisor in the Agency’s national Coast & Development Planning team. He works closely with Government on the planning reform agenda with a focus on flood risk, coastal change a sustainable drainage. He was a member of the task and finish group set up by Government to lead its policy review of development in flood risk areas and subsequent update to planning guidance. Sam is now leading the Agency’s input to Defra’s implementation of Schedule 3, ensuring development is resilient to flood risk and the impacts of climate change is central to his role.

 Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason

Yorkshire Water

wastewater asset strategy manager

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Sarah Mason

Sarah is currently wastewater asset strategy manager at Yorkshire Water, responsible for long term thinking on how wastewater assets can deliver the best value for Yorkshire. Sarah is lead on Yorkshire Water's approach to nature-based solutions with a particular focus on blue green infrastructure as a climate resilient solution to river health and flooding. Previous to this, Sarah has worked in the water sector for 20 years in a variety of roles in consultancy and across various business units in Yorkshire Water. In addition to her role at Yorkshire Water Sarah is also a local councilor and on the board of the community agriculture project Grow Wild York.

Susan Connolly

Susan Connolly

Environment Agency

Humber Senior Team Leader

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Susan Connolly

Susan Connolly is senior team leader for the Humber Strategy Technical Team in the Environment Agency. She leads a team of specialists in flood management, flood modelling, asset management, habitats and biodiversity focused on the long-term management of tidal flood risk around the Humber. She is a physical geographer and hydrologist by training, and has over 20 years of experience in Flood and Coastal Risk Management.

Her career began as a graduate flood modeller with experience in hydrometry gauging rivers in Lancashire and managing river maintenance teams in Cheshire. Understanding and managing flooding quickly became Susan’s passion and she has a proven track record in delivering technical flood modelling projects whether for flood warning, flood forecasting or flood mapping purposes. Susan led an innovative technical review and update of flood warning and forecasting for Yorkshire following the 2007 floods and then specialised in coastal and estuarine flood forecasting and modelling, where Susan has led and delivered pioneering coastal forecasting improvements projects following the 2013 East Coast surge and supported delivery and development of coastal flood management MSc courses.

Susan is also a capable people leader of technical teams and has led the successful delivery of innovative flood modelling people resource projects for National Modelling and Forecasting teams in the Environment Agency. Susan particularly loves the balance that her current technical strategy team people leader role gives her leading a multidisciplinary team. She has the opportunity to apply her extensive technical expertise and grow others, nurturing, supporting, developing and leading a fantastic team of people.

Phil Raynor

Phil Raynor

Jacobs

Director of Hydroinformatics

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Phil Raynor

Phil started his career with Babtie Group (now Jacobs) as an environmental scientist. In the subsequent 22 years in consultancy the water environment has been a core focus, though the emphasis has shifted through the years from environmental impact assessment through hydrological analysis, hydraulic modelling, geomorphology, and flood risk management, including optioneering, economics and business case development. For the last five years, Phil has been heavily involved in partnership delivery and strategy development and leadership, most notably with the Humber2100+ project and more recently a Place-based Planning Pilot for the Upper Mersey and Integrated Water Management Planning for Greater Manchester. 

Gwen Rhodes

Gwen Rhodes

Stantec

Principal civil Engineer

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Gwen Rhodes

Gwen Rhodes is a principal civil engineer with 20 years experience and in the US and the UK. She has successfully delivered solutions to flooding and water quality challenges including bathing water improvement schemes, SuDS, surface water separation, CSO screening and storage, and flood alleviation schemes. Gwen is also active within her local community to support STEM activities.

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Yorkshire Water

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

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Emma Brown

Emma is strategic partnerships manager for Yorkshire Water, leading a highly skilled management team to support partnership working across the region. The portfolio of partnerships include key collaborations which focus on delivering holistic solutions to complex solutions such as flood resilience and bathing water quality.  The team has a key focus on nature based solutions, education and engagement with our communities alongside investment priorities.

Joining the water industry through the companies graduate programme over ten years ago, she has gained a wealth of experience across flood resilience and waste water operations.

Jordan McMullan

Jordan McMullan

Stantec

Regional Discipline Lead – Civil Networks (Leeds)

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Jordan McMullan

Jordan is a chartered water and environmental manager (C.WEM) with over a decade of experience supporting the UK Water Sector. Jordan has worked across several multidisciplinary programmes including the Hull Living with Water programme and numerous storm overflow spill reduction plans where he uses digital tools and a data driven approach to optimize delivery. An advocate of Nature Based Solutions, Jordan has been involved in several research projects, including CIRIAs B£ST tool and is currently leading the UKWIR BQ06 Understanding the Long-Term Costs and Wider Benefits of Surface Water Removal and SuDS to Tackle Sewer flooding and Storm Overflow Operations.

Rachel Glossop

Rachel Glossop

Hull City Council

flood risk planning manager

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Rachel Glossop

Rachel Glossop is the Flood Risk Planning Manager for Hull City Council, having joined the organisation in June 2014. The role of the Flood Risk Planning Manager is to ensure that the statutory duties of the Lead Local Flood Authority are fulfilled to ensure that the city can face the challenge of flood risk and can continue to thrive and grow.

Prior to this, she had over 20-years’ experience in the water industry both in the private sector in consultancy and public sector at the Environment Agency.

Richard Crowder

Richard Crowder

Jacobs

director, water & environment

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Richard Crowder

Dr Richard Crowder is an internationally recognised flood risk management professional with more than 25 years of experience. He is a business leader with experience spanning research, innovation, project delivery, framework management, client management, sales, and operational management.

He is currently part of Jacobs’ Water Catchment Management leadership team and is Jacobs's framework director for the Mapping and Modelling framework with the Environment Agency. Richard is the Product Owner for Flood Modeller, the UK’s industry standard flood risk modelling software package, which is also at the core of the national flood forecasting systems of England, Wales, and Scotland.

He is known for taking on challenging projects and using innovation and digital delivery to solve problems and deliver projects in new and more efficient ways.

David Kay

David Kay

Centre for Research into Environment and Health (CREH)

director

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David Kay

David is a visiting Professor of Environment and Health at the University of Wales,  Aberystwyth.  He managed the UK epidemiological studies which became the sole scientific source for both the WHO and EU criteria for bathing water quality world wide.

He has advised the House of Lords, EU DG-X1, NERC, WHO, USEPA and Blue Flag International in this area and on global disease burden assessments. He has published over 300 papers and scientific reports on Environmental effect on human health.

 

Mike Dugher

Mike Dugher

Environment Agency

yorkshire area director

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Mike Dugher

Director of Yorkshire, EA and has worked with the EA for 21 years and prior to that in the private sector as a civil engineer.

Most of my work at the EA has been in FCRM across Yorkshire, North East, Humber, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, as well as National roles in FCRM. Our mission is to reduce carbon emissions, manage flood risk, adapt and become more resilient in the face of a changing climate. Having witnessed the impact on communities, it’s vital we stand together to manage and mitigate by working tougher on infrastructure, policy and nature to create a more sustainable future.

Richard Dennis

Richard Dennis

Leeds City Council

project director

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Richard Dennis

Richard is the project director for Leeds City Council on the Leeds (River Aire) Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS). He is a task and finisher by nature with over 22 years of experience working across various engineering functions. He has led a multi disciplinary team working on Phases 1 and 2 of the Leeds FAS since 2013, overseeing all stages of the programme from initial conception to completion of construction work, delivering innovative solutions in rapid timescales.

Jeremy Pickles

Jeremy Pickles

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

chair

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Jeremy Pickles

Jeremy is the Sustainable Development Manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. He is responsible for the development and delivery of council policy and strategy relating to environmental management, climate change, biodiversity, and coastal management.

Jeremy has over 15 years’ experience in managing the impacts of climate-driven coastal change in the East Riding where average erosion rates can be up to 4 metres per year and individual cliff losses over 20 metres. This includes the development of Shoreline Management Plans; delivery of practical community-level adaptation projects, support for the relocation of the most vulnerable coastal residents; and involvement in the Coastal Transition Accelerator Programme.

Dr Andy Moores

Dr Andy Moores

CIRIA

executive director of research

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Dr Andy Moores

Dr Andy Moores is executive director of research at CIRIA. CIRIA is a member-based organisation that produces good practice guidance, training and events to share knowledge. CIRIA have long championed the use of nature based solutions through work on SUDS, Blue-Green Infrastructure and through the Natural Flood Management Manual released last year. Prior to joining CIRIA in 2021, Andy led the FCERM research programme for the Environment Agency which helped to champion working with natural processes in the broadest sense. Andy serves on a range of CIWEM, ICE and research advisory boards.

Peter Charlesworth

Peter Charlesworth

Mott MacDonald

project principal

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Peter Charlesworth

Peter has worked for Mott MacDonald for 35 years, latterly on a range of flood defence projects. He has been involved with the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme since 2014, acting initially as design manager for the implementation of works downstream of the railway station.

During construction of Phase 1, Storm Eva caused widespread flooding in the Kirkstall area. Peter contributed to the delivery of a business case and planning submission for a Phase 2 to address the risk of this happening again. Following a further tender process he has led detailed design work as part of the BMM Joint Venture.

James Harrison

James Harrison

Yorkshire Water

head of wastewater asset management

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James Harrison

James started with Yorkshire Water as a graduate in 2003 and has held a range of wastewater leadership roles spanning operational, technical and strategic disciplines. He has also led a number of large regulatory improvement programmes. Between 2017 and 2019 he spent time as a management consultant working more broadly across the sector where he developed a passion for operational excellence and continuous improvement principles. He returned to YW in 2019 to develop the network operational strategy of the newly formed Wastewater Directorate. In September 2020 he was appointed to the role of head of wastewater asset management where he has been actively involved in the reduction of storm overflows and the deployment of nature based solutions.

Roger Nowell

Roger Nowell

Sheffield City Council

natural flood and water management coordinator

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Roger Nowell

He has worked in flood and water management for over 14 years. For 18 years before this he used his landscape architecture and ecology qualifications in land development and management for social, recreation and biodiversity benefits. Within this field he started to work with developers to manage surface water - seeing the opportunity to expand the services landscapes at all scales could provide.

His water experience includes river defence work, for example installing the first River Don sections as part of a new park within Sheffield. The knowledge he gained whilst representing Sheffield on an EU climate adaptation flood project (MARE) combined with a clearer understanding of how climate will impact Sheffield defences has led him to now work on the wider river catchment working with a range of partners to begin the long process of slowing the flow.

His strong passion is about multi beneficial landscapes which manage water, this has included agreeing the design and adoption arrangements for numerous open space SuDS, building regional SuDS for multiple housing developments, pushing for and agreeing Highways SuDS adoption including permeable pavement, swales and bioretention and more recently being part of the team developing the ‘Grey to Green’ SuDS retrofit projects within Sheffield centre.

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