David Wilkes is an Honorary Fellow of CIWEM, a chartered civil engineer, and Global Flood
Resilience Leader for Arup. He is Project Director working on river, coastal and integrated catchment
management projects within Europe and across the globe.
David has specialised in coastal, tidal and inland flood risk management for almost 40 years. The first
30 years with the public sector, and the last 10 with Arup as director on a multitude of projects. With
the Environment Agency he was responsible for all operations at the Thames Barrier and the 120
miles network of defences which protect London from the storm tides. During this time he set up the
TE2100 study to develop plans to protect London against sea level rise to 2100.
His present responsibilities include being Project Director for the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, for
the Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme, and for 4 projects associated with the Humber Estuary
Strategy. He was Project Director for developing the practice guide to accompany PPS25 –
Development and Flood Risk, and for the Cabinet Office report on Flood Resilience of National
UK Flood Expertise, Innovation and The UK Flood Partnership
The UK''s topography, climate and island status has meant that we have had to develop a nucleus of innovative and expert businesses with expertise and technology relevant to managing all types of flood risk. The UK Flood Partnership was conceived to support the growth of a high quality, UK wide flood defence industry, providing a unique forum for partnership collaboration.