9:00am - 4:00pm


The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ, United Kingdom


From £100

Hosted by the ICE Yorkshire and Humber region and CIWEM Tyne & Humber branch

Event description

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.

Part of the CIWEM Flood Resilience digital series.

Register for 14 October 2021

Programme and about the speakers

SESSION 1 | Policy

Session chair

Vicky Belton | Chair | ICE Yorkshire and Humber.

Keynote speaker

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
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 Natural Flood Management

Session chair

Nicola Hyslop | Chair | CIWEM Tyne and Humber branch.


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 | ICE


Colin Mellors | Chair | Yorkshire Region Flood and Coastal Committee
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

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM and ICE.

Please note there is limited capacity (150) at this event. Bookings must be made through 'ICE' using the above booking link and are only confirmed once you have clicked ‘Pay now’ and received a confirmation email.

Please contact Joanne Topping at joanne.topping@ice.org.uk if you have any difficulties with booking a place or would like to cancel your attendance.

Should we need to postpone the event (e.g. due to any COVID-19 restrictions) we will inform you as soon as possible.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Richard Crowder at richard.crowder@jacobs.com

Travelling to the venue

As part of CIWEM’s commitment to tackling the climate and ecological emergency we would encourage delegates to use the most sustainable means of transport possible.

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