2019 Programme


Creating flood resilient cities – 20 November


Main session


Registration and refreshments


Chair’s welcome

Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer


Helping communities to live and adapt to living with a risk of flooding 

Learn about the Living with Water partnership and the work taking place to help the surrounding communities become more resilient, sustainable and protected from the effects of climate change.

Martin Armour, portfolio manager, Yorkshire Water & Living with Water Partnership  


Adapting Glasgow City Region to the flooding risks posed by a changing climate

Understand the strategic approach that Glasgow City Region and its partners are taking to adapt the economy, built environment homes, infrastructure and the natural environment to the impacts of the climate crisis, including rising sea levels and increasingly heavy downpours, whilst increasing wider equitable economic prosperity. What is being done to make Glasgow City Region more flood resilient? How is the local community being engaged to create a more adaptable city region?

Kit England, manager, Climate Ready Clyde


Question and answer session


Peer to peer learning: How do authorities best plan for flexible, adaptive and resilient communities?

Taking the learnings from case studies already heard, spend the next 20 minutes discussing how local authorities and communities could improve their long-term planning.


  • What role can council planning and building control departments play in enforcing planning policies and building regulations?
  • What are the best ways of engaging with the developers and community?
  • ​How can we collaboratively work to create flexible and adaptive places?


Networking and refreshments break


Using SuDS to create flood resilience 

An in-depth insight into research conducted to compare how different countries, region and cities can utilise sustainable drainage to build flood resilient communities.

Martin Lambley, product manager, Wavin


Global collaboration to developing flood resilient cities

Gain insight into the City Water Resilience Framework to learn from vulnerable cities and discover the most efficient way to create adaptable, flexible, flood resilient communities.


Exploring natural flood management in Scotland

Understand how Scotland has successfully used natural flood management to protect communities. What are the benefits to natural flood management? How will Scotland’s flood management strategy develop in the next decade? What are the limitations of natural flood management?

Heather Forbes, senior policy officer, SEPA


Thames estuary: Defending the capital’s heritage and infrastructure

Learn how the TE2100 plans to protect 1.3 million people, £275billion work of property and infrastructure and be resilient to a sea level rise of up to 2.7m and an increase of 40% peak in river flood flows

Anusha Shah, CEO, Plan for Earth and chair, Thames Estuary Partnership


Chair’s closing remarks


Close of seminar



Main conference day – 21 November



Main sessions

08:20 Registration and refreshments

Breakfast Briefing (invite only)

09:00 Chair’s welcome
Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer
Strategic Outlook

Keynote: Climate resilience in the floods sector

Explore the need for partnerships between projects, cities and countries and coordinated efforts between engineers, environmentalists, scientists, politicians and innovators to create resilient, adaptive and sustainable societies. 

Anusha Shah, CEO, Plan for Earth and chair, Thames Estuary Partnership  

Future Engineer’s Working Group – 10am – 12:30  

A group of the flood sector’s brightest rising stars discuss how to make national infrastructure more flood resilient.

The working group will unearth the challenges before deliberating the potential solutions.

Two representatives from the working group will share their findings at the end of the conference. 


Government address: How will the government ensure flooding is prioritised in the coming years?

Discussing political attitudes towards climate resilience and the impact of flooding on communities in the short and long term


Understanding the FCERM Strategy and future ambitions

The Environment Agency share their strategy to help create a nation resilient to flood and coastal change to the year 2100  

Julie Foley, director of flood risk strategy and national adaptation, Environment Agency 


The future of funding flood alleviation schemes

Understand how the EA will be allocating funding to flood projects in the coming years and what their criteria will be for business cases.


Network and refreshment break


Case study: Getting the most out of partnership funding

Providing insight to how East riding Council secured £3 million of private investment for a £4.5million project.

John Craig, forward planning housing strategy and development manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council 



Case study: Keadby Project: Creating a successful business case to enable asset management 

Learn how a robust business case was created to gain funding for the refurbishment and maintenance of the Keadby pumping station, one of 89 assets protecting the isle of Axholme from permanent inundation.

Andrew Fenna, principal engineer, Capita



Panel Discussion: Collaborative funding to protect assets 

Understand how to get the most out of partnership funding. Delving into the challenges and lessons learned from collaborative working and understand how we can better protect our assets.

John Craig, forward planning and housing strategy manager, East Riding Council



Lunch and networking

Future approaches


Using blue green infrastructure and social infrastructure to create flood resilience

Understand how 10 European cities are improving climate resilience through using Blue Green Infrastructure examining Enfield as a case study in the BEGIN scheme. 

Graham Campbell, senior engineer, London Borough of Enfield 

Boardroom briefing (invite only)

How can the industry improve their procurement to be more flexible and open to innovation?


Case study: Insight into the ‘Our City, Our River’ scheme

An overview of the £95million flood alleviation and rejuvenation scheme. Lean the milestones in the scheme, innovative approaches being taken and the importance of the scheme for the community.



Case Study: A look back at the Ipswich tidal barrier project

An overview of 20m wide tidal barrier gate project exploring the challenges, lessons learnt and successes of protecting Ipswich.

Andrew Usborne, project manager, Environment Agency



Question and answer session



Future engineer’s perspective

The rising starts from the working group share their solutions to protecting national infrastructure from flooding 



Refreshments and networking

Digital Tech in Flood Management





Panel discussion: How can we harness and develop technology to help the floods sector monitor and predict flooding with actionable advance warning?

Decipher the most effective way to monitor river flow, rain fall, and sea level rises to help predict the level of flood protection needed. What are the new technologies emerging in the sector? In what situations might that technology be most applicable, and could it be applied to make a real difference?



Hinksey flood alleviation scheme

Increasing resilience of the UK rail network, the £18 million Hinksey flood alleviation scheme is helping protect a busy section of mainline railway between London and the Midlands from flooding



Chair’s closing remarks



Close of conference 


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