Mark Stratton has been working at the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) since 2012 where he is responsible for the leadership & management of the Strategy, Policy & Environment team. This team consists of 16 people working on the delivery of a diverse range of Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) strategies, schemes and environmental projects all sitting within a £150 million capital programme of works over the next 10 yrs.
One of Marks responsibilities is to oversee the ESCP’s future work plan and to identify broader outcome and place shaping opportunities. He is involved in the Southern Coastal Group, the Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Officer Working Group and the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group. He was also involved with two of the working groups set up to help shape the 2018/19 update of the UK National FCERM Strategy being led by the Environment Agency. Through these groups and forums, Mark has strived to raise the profile of coastal projects and their ability to deliver much wider benefits than FCERM alone; alongside some of the issues with the current funding process from a Local Authority perspective.
Before the ESCP Mark worked at the Environment Agency on the ‘Coastal Communities 2150’ European engagement project focused on sea level rise impacts and prior to this Mark worked at the Channel Coastal Observatory for 5 years helping to deliver the Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme and the North Solent Shoreline Management Plan.