Doug is the manager of the Flood and Coastal Risk Research team at the Environment Agency.
Doug joined the National Rivers Authority in 1989, designing and building flood alleviation schemes in Yorkshire. This was followed by several years developing the Region’s flood forecasting and warning service.
In 2002 Doug moved to the Environment Agency’s National Flood Warning Centre focusing on forecasting systems, including weather radar improvements and deployment of the National Flood Forecasting System. He then joined the national flood incident management process team defining how forecasting services in England and Wales should be delivered.
For the last 10 years Doug has worked on the joint flood risk R&D programme including a period as programme manager and more recently as manager of the research team itself. The team provides technical and project management expertise to the R&D programme alongside more general scientific advice to the flood risk community.
Research to reality: delivering evidence to support surface water risk management
The Joint FCRM Research Programme delivers and steers research that will help towns, homes, businesses and infrastructure to be more resilient to flooding in the future. Examples of research completed and ongoing will be presented. These include working with the construction industry to deliver world leading research and guidance on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), and supporting wide-spanning academic collaborations on Urban Flood Resilience.