Prof. DINA D’AYALA is Head of Structures and Co-director of the EPICentre research centre at University College London. She is a structural engineer with a humanities background and her research focus is the protection of architectural heritage and urban settlements from natural hazard. She believes that to preserve to posterity the authenticity of heritage in different locations worldwide a common and systemic interdisciplinary approach should be followed, delivering sustainable heritage structures within resilient communities. Dina’s current interdisciplinary research includes the development of resilient measure to reduce vulnerability to flood and wind driven rain of historic buildings in the UK. She is also joint editor of the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, and member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Architectural Heritage. She has been a consultant to the WB, IDA, UNDP and UNESCO on projects of heritage conservation and hazard protection in the Middle East, Ethiopia, Turkey, Iraq, Nepal etc.
Dr. DAVID FRASER is a geographer and archaeologist by training; and a cultural resource manager by profession. He has worked for English Heritage as Inspector and Regional Director; and was Environment Director in the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber. In the latter post he was involved in policy formation for climate change; and directly in the practical aftermath of the 2007 floods.
TIM GODSON: I have been working in the Department of Communities and Local Government Resilience and Emergencies Division, based in Leeds since it came into being in 2011. I work with Local Resilience Forums in the north of England on preparing and dealing with emergencies locally and helping them to interact with other LRFs and with Government. A major part of my work has been leading on a variety of flooding issues for the Division and the Department as a whole, including on our response to the flood events and on flood insurance. Before joining DCLG, I worked for Defra for 28 years, working in a number of local and national roles, normally on topical issues such as pesticides, GM crops, Foot and Mouth Disease, climate change and waste. In my own time I am keen on sport and biodiversity and am a resident of York.
Dr. NEIL MACDONALD has published over 50 publications in international peer reviewed journals, with research grant awards totalling over £1.25M with funding from NERC; EPSRC; ESRC; AHRC; British Academy and the Carnegie Trust and was part of the team that secured £5.29M for the EPSRC and ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments. A number of projects have been undertaken in collaboration with industrial partners, including Severn-Trent, United Utilities and the Environment Agency, focused on floods, droughts and past weather extremes. He sat on the main committee of British Hydrological Society 2007-13 and led an EU working group on historical floods (eCOST ES0901) and is on the steering group of the recently formed PAGES group exploring palaeo-floods.
IAN PANTER: As Head of Conservation at the York Archaeological Trust, I am responsible for the operation of the commercial laboratories conserving a wide range of artefacts from terrestrial, waterlogged and marine environments, working for clients from the UK and abroad. Also my remit includes the conservation of the finds displayed at our attractions including the Jorvik Viking Centre, Barley Hall and DiG, and led the team that went in and got all the artefacts out of the JVC before the flood waters rushed in.
NEIL REDFERN has worked for Historic England in York for 15 years and is currently Principle Inspector of Ancient Monuments in Yorkshire. He is responsible for managing development management advice in the region. He has over 20 years experience of cultural heritage management, archaeological fieldwork, survey and assessment and museum practice through working for English Heritage, the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and the Wordsworth Trust, Cumbria. He is particularly interested in the practical and philosophical challenges faced in securing the conservation and enhancement of heritage sites as relevant places for people today and in how we articulate their social/economic value to owners, managers and the wider community. Recent work has included co-ordinating Historic England’s advice in Yorkshire in response to the Boxing Day Floods of 2015 and as a national activity lead looking at how we understand and respond to major environmental threats.
HEATHER SHEPHERD works for The National Flood Forum with focus on Community Engagement and Flood Recovery. Heather has suffered flooding herself and has worked in flooding for 18 years. Amongst her many roles, for the past 10 of these, she has provided long term recovery advice and support for Communities, Councils & LRF’s, a few of these include; the major floods of Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Calderdale, Liverpool, Hampshire. Although Heather now works managing and advising, she still likes to ensure she keeps working at the heart of communities where possible, creating partnership working to reduce flood risk and increase community resilience. Heather gave evidence to the EFRA committee at the winter floods of 2015-16 inquiry, she is also a member of the Midlands RFCC and received an MBE for her services to flooded communities.
ALESSANDRA SPREGA received a BA and MA in Architecture and Restoration from the University of Roma Tre (Rome) in 2011. She participated in international research projects with the University of Roma Tre and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) into the seismic reinforcement of traditional earthen building. She obtained her second Master’s degree in Conservation Studies at the University of York and she has recently been awarded the WRoCAH studentship to undertake a PhD in Conservation Studies by the Department of Archeology at York. Her research will focus on the damage sustained by the historic environment and the built heritage as a result of flooding specifically in York.
RICHARD STORAH is a Director of Storah Architecture. He is an accredited conservation architect, with projects throughout the country, but principally in the North West and West Yorkshire. He is inspecting architect to around 80 churches of various denominations and is a member of the Manchester Diocesan Advisory Committee. Richard has an interest in mills and industrial heritage and is inspecting architect for several regional industrial museums. He is a member of the BSI Committee for the Conservation of cultural heritage and was on drafting panels for BSEN16095:2012 Condition survey of historic buildings and BS7913:2013 Guide to the conservation of historic buildings.
Captain STEPHEN UPRIGHT, Royal Navy: Stephen served for 33 years in the Royal Navy during which he commanded three submarines. His service included a circumnavigation of the globe in a submarine under his command, service in the 1991 Gulf War and a rounding of Cape Horn under sail in a naval yacht. After retirement from the Service in 2010 he became Clerk to the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York and he is now responsible for, amongst other things, the custody of the Company’s ancient Hall. Stephen is an enthusiastic yachtsman, a lifelong student of history and a keen countryside walker.
STEVE WRAGG has worked in flood risk management over almost 20 years and has experienced the industry and its changes from a range of roles across this time. After an 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, during this time Steve was involved in a range of significant flood events across the Yorkshire and Humber region. Following the 2007 floods and the development of Lead Local Flood Authorities Steve took up the role of Flood Risk Planning Manager for Hull City Council where he developed the delivery of the role and the requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act. Steve joined City of York Council in May 2014 in a similar role. Steve also chairs the Local Authority Capacity Building Steering Group for the EA and Defra and is involved in a number of national groups and advisory groups.
Dr. LORRAINE YOUDS is the Research and Innovation Manager for Urban Living at the University of York. As part of her role, Lorraine manages the York City Environment Observatory pilot project and the CAPACITIE Marie Curie Initial Training Programme. Lorraine has a background in earth and environmental science, completing geology and environmental science Masters degrees and then going on to attain a PhD focused on decision-making for electricity generation in the UK (University of Manchester). She also has experience of working in a local authority as Environmental Policy Officer for North Yorkshire County Council and has worked in environmental consultancy.