The past 10 years has witnessed a series of significant flooding events that have impacted thousands of households across the UK. In 2015 Defra, commissioned the private sector to devise an action plan to improve the uptake of flood resilience measure in homes and small businesses. This was published in September 2016 as the ‘Property Flood resilience Roundtable Report’. Since publication implementation of the Plan had commenced. The conference set out some of the new developments and progress made, including Flood Resilient Repair Demonstrations.
The conference placed the Action Plan within the context of the wider aspects of flood risk management. It included an international speakers’ session, providing lessons from around the world. It also provided delegates with the opportunity to hear from leading insurers and construction industry parties in this field.
09:25 – 10:05 - Designing for resilience
10:15 – 10:55 - The evidence base for property flood resilience
11:25 – 12:05 - An innovative adaption strategy for flood resilience and the protection of cultural heritage
14:15 – 14:55 - City to city learning for resilience
15:05 – 15:45 - Flood – Are you prepared?
16:10 – 16:55 - The Cumbria flood resilience showcase project
Associate Professor in Flood Risk Management
University of West of England
Chair of HRH The Prince of Wales
Business Emergency Resilience Group
Mike has over 30 years of experience in the insurance and risk management industry.
Mike has gained extensive experience through current or historically involvement with the following organisations: CBI Scotland Council, Young Presidents Organisation (Scottish Chair), The Prince’s Trust Scotland Council, Entrepreneurial Scotland, Hyndshillend Farm Ltd, Quality Assurance Audit, Scotland, Business Emergency Resilience Group, Law at Work International, Business in the Community UK board member and Scottish Chair, Scottish North American Business Council, The Crerar Hotels Trust and The Edinburgh Merchant Company.
He has supported the leadership of a number of the organisations to achieve sustained growth. Using his professional skills and personal commitment, he engages others and promotes and demonstrates collaborative working through his network and experience.
As Chair of HRH’s, The Prince of Wales, Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) he leads the extensive and influential leadership team that is helping business and community to prepare, respond and recover from crisis across the UK. He was also The Prince's Ambassador for Responsible Business in Scotland from June 2015 to 2017.
National Technical Manager
Ian Gibbs is National Technical Manager in Sergon/Cunningham Lindsey focusing on repairing building damage from perils, specifically flood. He has recently developed Sergon’s flood resilient advice and repairs service. He leads TG2, “Small Business Resilience” within the Defra Resilience Round Table and is a member of the RICS Flooding and insurance working group.
Associate Professor in Flood Risk Management
University of West of England
Dr Jessica Lamond is Associate Professor in flood risk management at the University of the West of England responsible for furthering research in the fields of flood risk management in the built environment and property valuation. She researches in the fields of flood risk management, structural and non structural flood resilience, flood insurance, the role of planning in resilience, the long term financial impacts of flooding, flood damage assessment, benchmarking and standardisation of flood repair, property valuation and the environmental impacts on property price. Jessica has authored over 70 publications on these topics.
Head of Technical Claims
Graham has worked for Aviva since 2010, prior to that he was working for one the property service providers to Aviva and has therefore been involved with the business since 1999. Graham joined Aviva as part of Aviva Claims Services; which is the property repair division but is now the Head of Technical Claims for Property and Specialist Risks.
Graham is the current chair of the Property Flood Resilience Action Group and a member of the BERG (Business Emergency Resilience Group) Leadership team which is part of Business in the Community.
Rebecca is an architect and Partner at JTP with over 15 years' experience designing residential and mixed-use developments.
Rebecca has experience working on a wide range of masterplanning and detailed design projects both in the UK and internationally. She has extensive knowledge of environmental sustainability and its impact and influence on architecture and urbanism. Rebecca recently led the team behind the winning design for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards Resilient Home competition.
Within the practice Rebecca is responsible for driving forward the sustainability agenda and exploring how sustainable masterplanning principles can be embedded within our projects.
Project Manager Cumbria Resilience Showcase project
Mary has been flooded herself on many occasions and has extensive experience in supporting and advising the victims of flooding during their recovery. She has championed the promotion of individual household resilience and is a passionate advocate for empowering communities to work in partnership, with those who manage flood risk, to take a community based responsibility for minimising their collective flood risk.
Mary has represented the ‘voice of the flood victim’ at government level, she appears regularly on national TV and radio during a flood event, and speaks at many flood risk management national and international conferences.
Mary was the CEO of the National Flood Forum from 2006/10 and now holds a similar position for the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign. She is also the Chair of the Flood Protection Group for the Property Care Association She runs her own consultancy (MD Associates) specialising in raising awareness of flood risk, how to militate against it and recover from it.. Mary is a member of the transition panel for Flood Re and regularly supports the victims of flooding on a voluntary basis. She also presented the recent Cabinet office videos promoting the uptake of the £5k ‘repair and renew grants’. Until very recently, Mary was a member of the Anglian Northern Regional Floods and Coastal Committee. For the last two years, Mary has been working on the Defra funded research project into flood resilient repair. Mary is now working as project manager for the Cumbrian Resilience Showcase Project.
Mary is the co author of The Home Owners Guide to Flood Resilience, The Business Guide to Flood Resilience, The Homeowners Guide to Flood Recovery and A 4-Step guide to preparing a Household Emergency plan.
Mary was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009. In Dec 14 she was awarded an HonRICS, in recognition of her high profile standing up for the public interest regarding flooding. Mary was also given the ‘Voice of the Customer ‘award at the CII Public Interest Awards 2015 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England in July 2015 and was made an Hon Fellow of CIWEM in May 2017.
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Elizabeth is chair of the Buoyant Foundation Project in the USA and Canada that was set up to support the recovery of New Orleans’ unique and endangered traditional cultures by providing a strategy for the safe and sustainable restoration of historic housing. Elizabeth C English. Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Ontario, Canada. She was formerly Associate Professor – Research at the LSU Hurricane Center and has held Assistant and/or Visiting Professorships at Tulane University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and Rhode Island School of Design.
Professor of Flood Resilience of Urban Systems
Flood Resilience Chair Group, Water Science and Engineering Department
Chris Zevenbergen is professor at the Water Engineering Department of UN-IHE Delft and at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering (of the TuDelft, The Netherlands. He is a visiting professor at the Southeast University (SEU), China. He is also Project Director of DeltaCap, a Capacity Development Program funded by the Dutch Government to support the implementation of the Delta Plan in Bangladesh, and of AFMA, a seven years SWF program to develop and implement Anticipatory Flood Risk Management in Alexandria, Egypt. From 1999 to 2012 he was Director Research and Development and member of the Management Team of the Dura Vermeer Group NV, one of the largest contractors in The Netherlands. He was a Member of the Board of the Public Private Innovation Platform Clean Tech Delta, The Netherlands in 2013 and 2014.
The Flood Resilience Summit set out some of the new developments and progress made, including Flood Resilient Repair Demonstrations and placed the Action Plan within the context of the wider aspects of flood risk management.
The Flood Resilience Summit was the must attend summit for professionals who wanted to learn more about the new developments and progress made to the Action Plan commissioned in 2015 by Defra. The summit welcomed all those serious about learning the wider aspects of flood risk management.
- Community Flood groups
- Consultants / Academics / Researchers
- Contractors / Installers
- Engineer (Consulting / Construction)
- Facilities Manager
- Flood Risk Consultants / Managers
- Housing Association
- Local Authority
- Manufacturer / Supplier
- Property Developer
- Senior Engineers / Scientists
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