Terry Fuller, Mary Dhonau, David Thomas, Clare Dinnis

CIWEM Panel Session

Terry is Chief Executive of CIWEM responsible for the delivery of the Institution’s strategic aims, its services to members and the public interest. He has nearly 30 year’s experience as a River and Coastal flood risk manager having delivered major projects in some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging locations.

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 Property Flood 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.

David Thomas is Immediate Past Chair of CIWEM’s Rivers and Coastal Group and has an extensive career in flood risk management. David is currently Chief Executive Officer, Chief Engineer and Clerk to the Board at Middle Level Commissioners.

Clare is Deputy Director for Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy at the Environment Agency. She works with Government and partners to shape the strategic direction of flood and coastal risk management in England. Clare provides leadership for flood risk on areas such as stakeholder engagement, international working, spatial planning and climate change.

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Visions of a Flood resilient UK, 2050

The Committee on Climate Change have warned that the number of people in the UK living in areas at significant risk of flooding will potentially rise from 1.8 million today to 2.6 million by 2050 under a 2oC climate change scenario. The Government has published its latest National Adaptation Programme and the Environment Agency is updating its Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy. This panel session will consider what a flood resilient UK would look like in 2050. How must our towns and cities evolve to adapt to this increased risk? How and where should we be building and what needs to change to deliver a fully integrated approach where the range of responsibilities is complex?