Northern Ireland’s Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has appointed Alan Strong to chair a review of the flooding events that struck Northern Ireland last winter. In addition to being an ICE Fellow, Alan is a senior lecturer in civil engineering at Ulster University and chair of the Drainage Council.
“We are delighted that Alan has been chosen for this important task, as his proficiency and knowledge in flood prevention and drainage are of the highest standard,” said Richard Kirk, Regional Director of ICE NI.
“Experts like Alan are a shining example of how civil engineers can lead the way in building better quality of life for our communities.”
As part of the review, Alan will meet and correspond with residents, businesses and farmers to hear about their concerns, the effect the flooding has had on their lives, and their suggestions on how the current multi-agency flooding response could be improved.
“I am pleased that Alan has accepted my invitation to chair this review,” said Minister O’Neill.
“It is important that he is independent from those involved with the management of this flood event, and I am confident he will carefully examine current procedures and practices, test how robust, effective and fit for purpose they are, and make recommendations where necessary.”