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What does climate adaptation mean for infrastructure providers and the communities we serve?

Event organised by ICE

06 February 2024
14:30 - 17:00 GMT
Sparks Bristol
78 Broadmead
Bristol, BS1 3DS
United Kingdom

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The South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) is hosting a series of free workshops on climate adaptation throughout 2024, supported by ICE South West.

In this first session, join industry professionals from across the region to explore how the region can embrace the opportunities and confront the challenges of creating more resilient and sustainable infrastructure in harmony with nature and local communities.

As part of the workshop, Professor Anusha Shah, ICE President will be talking about her presidential theme of building connections for a nature and people positive world.

Speakers will introduce relevant case studies and industry perspectives to prompt discussion and promote cross-sector knowledge sharing and ideas.

Delegates will be able to contribution their views and expertise to the conversation through breakout groups, a visual collaboration platform and a virtual video booth. 

All infrastructure professionals and stakeholders are welcome at the event, but booking is essential.

In partnership with

Platinum sponsor
South West Infrastructure Partnership

South West Infrastructure Partnership

SWIP supports cross-sector collaboration in South West England to help bring a more joined up approach to regional infrastructure.


14:30 - 14:40

Welcome and introduction by Paula Hewitt, SWIP chair

14:40 - 14:50

What is adaptation for infrastructure providers? Led by Julie Gregory, Network Rail

14:50 – 15:00

Breakout groups introduction

15:00 - 15:20

Breakout session 1 – Balancing resilience and cost

15:20 - 15:25

Building connections for a nature and people positive world by Professor Anusha Shah, ICE President

15:25 - 15:45

Breakout session 2 – Nature and adaptation

15:45 - 15:55

Break with refreshments provided

15:55 - 16:15

Case studies – Connecting the Culm: climate adaptation through nature-based solutions by Tim Youngs and Norfolk (USA) coastal resilience and living shorelines by Hamish Hall, Moffatt & Nichol

16:15 - 16:35

Breakout session 3 – Engaging communities

16:50 – 17:00

Reflections and takeaways


Workshop ends


Prof. Anusha Shah

Prof. Anusha Shah

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2023/24

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Prof. Anusha Shah

Anusha Shah is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and its president for the 2023-24 session. She’s the third woman and first person of colour to be elected as president in over 200 years of ICE history.

She’s a senior director for resilient cities and UK climate change adaptation lead at Arcadis, a global sustainability, design, engineering and management consulting firm.

She’s also a non-executive director at the Met Office, a trustee at the Green Alliance and a visiting professor at Edinburgh University. She was awarded honorary professorship by the University of Wolverhampton for knowledge transfer and an honorary doctorate of engineering by the University of East London for her services to address climate change.

Anusha specialises in water and environmental engineering and has over 22 years of experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes in the UK and internationally.

Anusha sits on various industry climate change groups. She represents Arcadis at the London Climate Change Partnership and the 50L Home Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She’s a past chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership Board.

Anusha is the recipient of several awards, including the 2020 Top 50 UK Women Engineers Sustainability Award and the CECA Inspiring Change Award. She was recognised by Climate Reframe as one of the UK’s leading Black, Asian and minority ethnic voices on climate change.

Paula Hewitt

Paula Hewitt

South West Infrastructure Partnership


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Paula Hewitt

Paula Hewitt is the chair of the South West Infrastructure Partnership. She was deputy chief executive, lead director for Economic and Community Infrastructure and also the director of commissioning at Somerset County Council, where she had a diverse mix of responsibilities including economic development, highways and transport, waste, planning, property, environment, registration services and libraries. Paula was acting CEO at Somerset County Council during 2022.

She has led a number of high-profile programmes, delivering innovation and partnerships. Paula’s led the Council’s work in relation to accommodating and securing a legacy from the largest construction project in Western Europe, the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Other notable achievements securing significant Government and private sector investment in regeneration, environmental and transport schemes and the development of a network of innovation and enterprise centres to deliver increased productivity and prosperity.

Paula was heavily involved in co-ordinating the Local Authority response to the devastating Somerset winter 2014/15 floods and led the work to minimise future flooding in the county through the establishment of the Somerset Rivers Authority. As a result, she was asked to be an expert advisor to the European Committee of the Regions in relation to disaster resilience. Paula is a past president of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).

Hamish Hall

Hamish Hall

Moffatt & Nichol


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Hamish Hall

Hamish Hall manages the Moffatt & Nichol Flood and Coastal Risk team in Europe. He is a chartered civil engineer whose main passions lie in coastal management, river engineering, waterside & harbour development and climate change adaptation. He was worked extensively across the UK and abroad based from Exeter. He has a detailed understanding of coastal processes, hydrological, hydraulic and economic modelling and business planning, particularly in relation to developments close to water.  
Hamish has delivered numerous flood and coastal risk management projects and regularly supports the ongoing efforts of the flood risk management community into furthering their understanding of risk, particularly in generating projects that achieve multiple objectives.

Julie Gregory

Julie Gregory

Network Rail

senior programme manager

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Julie Gregory

After working as meteorologist and climate scientist at the Met Office, Julie moved to Network Rail where she has been for more than 20 years in a variety of roles. She spent five years as senior sponsor for a programme of weather and climate resilience works on the Devon Coast, securing funding for over £160m and seeing four out of five projects into delivery. Julie is now working as a Senior Programme Manager for the Weather/Climate Risk Task Force in Network Rail’s Wales & Western Region where her role is to lead work to make the railway more resilient to extreme weather, both now and in the future.

Tim Youngs

Tim Youngs

Blackdown Hills National Landscape


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Tim Youngs

Tim is the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) manager for the Blackdown Hills National Landscape, that straddles the Devon and Somerset border. As part of his role, he is the project director of Connecting the Culm, a multi-million pound climate change adaptation programme. The project is actively tackling the issues of flood, drought, poor water quality and loss of biodiversity in the Culm catchment by deploying nature-based solutions on farmland and engaging at risk communities.