Mary Dhonau

CEO of the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign

Mary has been flooded on many occasions and has extensive experience in supporting and advising victims of flooding during their recovery.

Mary is Chief Executive of the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign, the Chair of the Flood Protection Group for the Property Care Association and a member of the Regional Flood and Coastal committee for Anglian Northern. She also runs MD Associates, which specialises in flood risk awareness, mitigation and recovery.

Mary was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009. She was awarded an HonRICS, in recognition of her high profile standing up for the public interest regarding flooding. She was given the ‘Voice of the Customer ‘award at the CII Public Interest Awards 2015. Mary was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England in July 2015 for outstanding national contribution to flood risk management.

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Factoring in residual risk at individual property level

Last year''s flooding shows how flood defences can be over-topped. Mary Dhonau has always warned that flood defences only reduce the risk and do not take it away entirely. Mary will talk about what individual home owners can do to reduce the impact a flood can have at individual property level, using case studies and examples of both resistance (trying to keep the water out) and resilience (minimising the damage a flood can have if water does get in).