6:00pm - 8:30pm


WEBINAR, United Kingdom


Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM Tyne and Humber branch

Event description

This evening webinar is hosted by the CIWEM Tyne and Humber branch. There will be two talks looking at flood resilient management in the North East.

The first of these presentations will be on how local authorities manage flood resilience, which will be followed by a review of the Defra commissioned Yorkshire Property Flood Resilience Pathfinder project.

Presentation 1: Flood resilience from a local authority perspective

Carl Hodgson | Gateshead Council

The Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) is responsible for the strategic overview of flood risk within each authority area, cooperating with other Risk Management Authorities such as Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency. But other Local Authority functions such as the Planning Authority; Resilience Planning; Community Services and Highway Authority are essential in ensuring a resilience-based approach is taken to flood risk.

This talk will provide an overview of the roles of these key partners in planning local flood risk management, engaging with stakeholders and other risk management authorities.

The second half of the presentation will concentrate on the impact and recovery of the summer 2012 flooding in the North East; how important community engagement is to raise awareness and helps prepare against flooding in at risk areas and the different risks to residents and businesses.

Presentation 2: Yorkshire Property Flood Resilience Pathfinder project

Shelley Evans | JBA Consulting

Steve Wragg | City of York Council

The Yorkshire Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder project is one of three Defra commissioned projects running through to March 2021. The project aim is to raise awareness of property flood resilience across the Yorkshire RFCC region, identifying good practice and any barriers to uptake. This will inform measures and actions aimed at simplifying and streamlining uptake to help increase levels of resilience to future flooding.

The project is being led by Steve Wragg from the City of York Council, with the survey and project evaluation aspect being managed by Shelley Evans from JBA Consulting and the Integrated Catchment Solutions Partnership (iCASP) at Leeds University.

Shelley and Steve will guide attendees through the Yorkshire PFR Pathfinder project, addressing the following questions:

  • What potential barriers exist to the uptake of PFR measures across all stakeholder groups?
  • How can PFR take-up be enhanced and a positive behaviour change towards PFR measures encouraged?
  • How should demonstration projects, educational events and awareness programmes with at risk communities, building and insurance industries and all public and private professional services in Yorkshire be undertaken?

About the speakers

Carl Hodgson

Carl Hodgson has worked for Gateshead Council for 15 years and within flood risk management for 8 years. Prior to this he worked for consultants on the design of highway and drainage projects. In his current role of senior flood risk engineer, he is responsible for the delivery of the council's duties as lead local flood authority and drainage duties as the highway authority.

Moving into this role in June 2012, Carl's first main challenge was the recovery and flooding investigation reports from the summer 2012 storms where over 400 properties flooded. Working closely with Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and other key stakeholders, he is also responsible for the delivery of flood risk related capital projects and highway drainage schemes in the borough.

Shelley Evans

Shelley Evans is a professional emergency planner with a background in hazard management, specialising in the creation and delivery of training and exercising programmes for the Environment Agency and Network Rail duty officers. She undertakes a role of industry course lecturer for the flood and coastal risk management postgraduate course at Lancaster University.

Shelley also leads JBA Consulting's northern Property Flood Resilience (PFR) hub and is project managing work pacakages 1 and 4 of the Yorkshire PFR Pathfinder project on behalf of the Integrated Catchment Solutions Partnership (iCASP) at Leeds University.

Steve Wragg

Steve Wragg has worked in flood risk management for over 20 years and has experienced the industry and its changes from a range of roles across this time. After initial employment as a consultant engineer, Steve worked for the Environment Agency for 12 years managing flood risk projects and teams across North and South Yorkshire.

He was involved in a number of significant flood events across the Yorkshire and Humber region. Following the 2007 floods and the development of lead local flood authorities, he took up the role of flood risk planning manager for Hull City Council, where he developed the delivery of the role and requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act.

Steve joined the City of York Council in May 2014 in a similar role. He has chaired the local authority capacity building steering group for the Environment Agency and Defra, as well as being involved in a number of advisory and national groups.

Booking and joining information

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

Please note that bookings will close 24 hours before the start of the webinar.

Bookings to attend the webinar should be made through 'MyCIWEM' using the links provided for each webinar in the series. Each webinar should be booked separately. You are only confirmed once you have clicked 'proceed & submit' in the cart and received a confirmation email, which will be sent to your primary email address on your MyCIWEM account. Once registration for the webinar session has closed, successful registrants will receive a separate email with joining instructions.

Please ensure that your MyCIWEM primary email address is the one you wish us to use for all correspondence about your bookings, as all correspondence about this event will be sent to this email address.

Please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org if you have any difficulties with booking a place or would like to cancel your attendance.

If you have any queries, please contact Rosalind Rogers at rosalind.rogers@jbaconsulting.com and Mike Watson at mike.watson@nwl.co.uk.

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