Jessica Jordan (MCIWEM) is a hydrology and water consultant at Create Consulting Engineers
Who or what inspired your work in water and environmental management?
I initially became interested in flood-risk management after completing a few weeks work experience with the Environment Agency whilst at university during the 2013-2014 winter flooding. Prior to this I hadn’t quite understood the impact that flooding was already having on UK and the vulnerability the country has to flooding and other water related issues. This made me want to get involved in the sector.
Tell us about your career so far
I graduated from the Brighton University in 2013 after completing a bachelor’s degree in geography and then went to Sussex University in 2015 to complete an MSc in engineering geomorphology consultancy and practice. This was when I decided I wanted to specialise in the water field. Six years ago, I began working in the water team at Create Consulting Engineers as a graduate and am now at principal level.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a range of different projects, both in terms of size and location. This ranges from providing flood-risk and drainage support for large-scale new town developments to working on a number of flood-risk assessments for London and the Southeast.
I am also currently working with a local council on the update of their strategic flood-risk assessment and revised coastal modelling exercise for the entire district.
Additionally, I’m working on several hydraulic modelling projects on various commercial and residential schemes across the country as well as providing Expert Witness inputs on a series of enquiries of Section 73 (Town and Country Planning Act 1990).
How does CIWEM membership help your professional life?
I have completed the first draft of my application for chartership and whilst doing so it has highlighted areas that I still need to strengthen within my professional life. This has meant tailoring my work to ensure I am exposed to the right type of projects that will help to aid my career progression.
CIWEM also provides great training courses and has given me the opportunity to be a part of the WEM Pride network.
What was the last thing you did outside of work to help protect the planet?
I enjoy attending Thames 21 volunteering events when I can, and the last one I went along to was on the Pymmes Brook in north London.
Thames 21 are looking to rewild parts of the Pymmes Brook as part of a larger flood-mitigation scheme for the River Brent. The first step however was to remove the rubbish from the river – I even found and removed a pram that had been wrapped around a tree that looked like it had been stuck there since the 1980s.
A few local residents came along to watch us work, as well as providing us with cake and coffee. It was a great, wholesome event to be involved with.
Where was your last holiday to and what impact did that location have on you?
My last holiday was to the Lake District, staying in a campervan in the National Trust’s Hoathwaite campsite which has stunning views over Coniston Waters. I would rarely choose a wet and windy UK holiday over a Mediterranean beach one, but this year with the uncertainty that the pandemic brought, I decided to try out a staycation.
I turned off all my devices and took part in lots of activities within nature, including treks, kayaking and wild swimming. It may have rained a few times, but the trip was amazing and being so absorbed in nature meant that I came back to London feeling refreshed.
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