Winter Flooding 2015/16 – Response, Recovery and Reviews
John Curtin, Executive Director, Flood & Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency
27th October 3.00 - 4.30 pm followed by drinks reception
Lancaster Environment Centre Training Room
Sociology, LEC and the Alumni Office are organising this joint event and everyone is welcome to join us. Please be sure to register for your free place on the Booking form tab below.
Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank brought severe and damaging weather during Winter 2015/16 leaving over 19,000 homes and businesses flooded in the north of England whilst Environment Agency flood defences protected over 23,000 homes and businesses during the same period. The storms recorded record rain fall and river levels which led to the wettest calendar month on record in December 2015 and new 24 hour and 48 hour rainfall records for the UK. Lancaster University LEC Alumnus John Curtin is Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency; he will provide an overview of the scale and impacts of the winter 2015/6 floods and the UK’s response and recovery from them.
Lancaster University Alumnus John Curtin has worked for the Environment Agency (EA) since it was formed in 1996. He was appointed as Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management in March 2016 having been Acting Executive Director since September 2015.
Previous to this John was Director of Incident Management & Resilience where he was responsible for developing the organisation’s ability to respond to flood and environmental incidents.
John’s previous roles in the Environment Agency include Area Manager for the East Midlands, Regional Flood Executive & Head of Water Resources Regulation. He has been a commissioner of the UK Met Office and sat on the Forestry Commission’s Regional Advisory Board. John is a Hydrologist by training and began his career working on Water Resource planning and flood forecast modelling.
The Executive Director leads the Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management department which sets the direction, manages key stakeholder relationships and gives expert advice to government to help develop and implement flood and coastal erosion risk management policies. The Directorate sets the direction for incident management across the Environment Agency; analyses investment needs, oversee the allocation of funding to capital and revenue projects, and promotes warning services to help the public when at risk of flooding.
During major incidents John’s role is to support the national coordination of the Environment Agency’s response and to support their input into COBR. This was the role John played through the winter of 2013/14 and 2015/16 as the UK faced widespread flooding caused by the largest coastal surge in a generation, the wettest winter in 250 years and the wettest month on record in December 2015.