13:20 Registration and refreshments
13:55 Chair’s welcome
Mark Hansford, global technology leader for geotechnics, Jacobs
14:00 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
14:20 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
14:40 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?
15:05 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 people, heritage and infrastructure
Learn how the TEAM2100 Programme, as the first 10-year implementation phase of the TE2100 plan, is set to protect 1.3 million people, £275billion worth of property and infrastructure and to develop resilience to a sea level rise of up to 2.7m and an increase of 40% peak in river flood flows.


Question and answer session


Chair’s closing remarks


Close of seminar

08:20 Registration and refreshments 1-2-1 meetings (invite only)
Conference Plus delegate 1-2-1 meeting 8:30-9:00.
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, director – resilient cities, Arcadis

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. 

09:30 Question and answer session

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 

10:15 Question and answer session

The future of funding flood alleviation schemes

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

10:30 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 


River Thames Scheme: Increasing resilience and enabling growth in the Thames Valley

Discover how the £600m River Thames Scheme will reduce flood risk to 15,000 homes, increase the resilience of nationally significant infrastructure and enable planned economic growth.

Jacqui Bandy, communications and engagement manager, River Thames Scheme


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

Jonathan Glerum, regional flood risk manager, Anglian Water

12:30 Lunch and networking
Future approaches

Using blue green infrastructure through social innovation 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 


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


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.

Matthew Holmes, deputy leader, Derby City Council


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 

14:50 Question and answer session

Future engineer’s perspective

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

15:15 Refreshments and networking
Digital Tech in Flood Management

From floaters to drones and citizens with phones: innovation in flood flow measurement techniques

Delving into the development of digital tools, technology and techniques in the flood sector to improve flood measurement capabilities.

Nick Everard, technical advisor, EMS, Environment Agency  


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?

Nick Everard, technical advisor, EMS, Environment Agency  

Joanna Ludlow, floods assets officer, Essex County Council

Assela Pathirana, associate professor, Flood Resilience Group, IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education


Case study: Successfully responding to an engineering crisis at the Toddbrook Reservoir   

Discover how Kier worked around the clock, alongside the RAF and supply chain, to stabilise a collapsed concrete spillway and protect Whaley Bridge residence and business. Learn how the team executed the emergency plan and what the restoration and repair process of the dam and reservoir will be.

Eddie Quinn, director of regional civil engineering, Kier

Simon Bamford, asset improvement director, Canal and River Trust


Chair’s closing remarks

17:10 Close of conference




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