ICE-CIWEM Yorkshire and Humber Flooding Conference

Date: 14th October 2021

Location: Leeds

ABOUT THIS EVENT

The regions of Yorkshire and Humber face a wide range of challenges in reducing flood risk in the future and particularly with the additional challenges associated with climate change, including increasing rainfall and run-off, as well as sea level rise in the coastal and estuarine regions. The main aim of this inaugural conference is to bring together all the key stakeholders engaged in flood risk management, in the regions, to discuss a range of solutions to reduce flood risk, enhance resilience and adapt for future climate change impacts.

The conference will be opened by a leading national figure in the field, engaged in flooding issues key to the regions, followed by presentations on projects from a range of stakeholders, including representatives from: the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, consulting engineering companies and the National Trust. Broad topics to be covered include: policy, digital innovation in flood risk management, resilient infrastructure and NFM (Natural Flood Management), asset management and optimising for net-zero carbon.

The conference will end with a Panel Question and Answer session, with senior representatives from key organisations and institutions responding to questions from delegates. It is planned that this conference will become an annual event, focusing on delivering the best solutions for residents and business communities within the region to reduce the impacts of flooding in the future, with more resilient solutions and adapted for climate change.

PROGRAMME

09.00 - Registration, Coffee & Exhibition Viewing

09.40 – Welcome

09.45 – Session 1 – Policy

10.15 – Session 2 - Asset Management and Net-Zero Carbon

10.55 – Coffee & Exhibition

11.20 – Session 3 - Resilient Infrastructure (including NFM)

12.45 – Lunch & Exhibition Viewing

13.45 - Session 4 - Digital Innovation in Flood Risk Management

14.50 – Tea & Exhibition Viewing

15.15 - Session 5 - Panel Question Time

15.55 - Close

SPEAKERS

Session 1 – Policy

Session Chair: Vicky Belton - Chair of ICE Yorkshire and Humber
Caroline Douglass, Executive Director for Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency
Keynote Address: Implementing the National Strategy for Flood and Coastal risk in England

Session 2 – Asset Management and Net-Zero Carbon

Session Chair: Lee Pitcher – Yorkshire Water
Gaynor Craigie, Head of Land and Property, Yorkshire Water, and Mike Innerdale, Regional Director, National Trust
Presentation: The Power of Partnerships within Land Management
Gavin Usher, Project Sponsor, Environment Agency
Presentation: Bentley Pumping Station Refurbishment Asset Management in a Changing Climate

Session 3 – Resilient Infrastructure (including NFM)

Session Chair: Nicola Hyslop - Chair of CIWEM Tyne and Humber
Richard Lewis, Civil Engineering Services Group Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Presentation: Delivering the three largest surface water schemes in the country
Gary Collins, Regional Flood Strategy Manager, Yorkshire Water
Presentation: Building flood resilience through partnerships (tbc)
Fiona Sugden, Project Manager (Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme - Natural Flood Management Project), Environment Agency
Presentation: Implementing Natural Flood Management at a Catchment Scale
David Wilkes, Global Flood Resilience Leader, Arup
Presentation: Slowing the flow in Pickering through combining natural and engineered techniques

Session 4 – Digital Innovation in Flood Risk Management

Session Chair: Kimberley MacPherson – Environment Agency
Richard Crowder, Director, Water & Environment, Jacobs
Presentation: How digital delivery is changing how we work – from project appraisal to design
Chris Digman, Executive Technical Director, Stantec
Presentation: Deploying digital enables systems-based thinking to increase flood resilience in Yorkshire
Paul Wass, Head of Real Time Modelling, JBA Consulting
Presentation: Local to country scale flood forecasting and warning

Session 5 – Panel Question Time

Session Chair: Nick Baveystock, Director General of ICE
Colin Mellors (Yorkshire Region Flood and Coastal Committee, Chair)
Lee Pitcher (Head of Partnerships, Yorkshire Water)
Niki Roach (President, CIWEM)
Oliver Harmar (Yorkshire Area Director, Environment Agency)
Rachel Glossop (Flood Risk Planning Manager, Hull City Council)

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