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Flood Risk & Defence Development Conference

Tuesday, 19th January 2021 0930hrs – 1500hrs

This online conference will focus on the increased need to invest more into flood prevention – as we delve into the development and construction of defences, innovative solutions and how the industry can help tackle climate change.

As a country well known for its wet weather conditions, flooding affects over 5 million people every year. The government have recently announced a record £5.2 billion investment into the construction of flood and coastal defences, with innovative projects focused on sustainable drainage systems and nature based flood solutions in the pipeline.

This conference will show how the country is preparing for the increased potential for flooding following climate change, and the strategies being implemented to ensure flood damage is kept to a minimum through associated infrastructure and other strategic projects. Topics will include:

  • Best practice shared amongst sector stakeholders
  • Dive into the £5.2bn investment from Government
  • Overview of Environment Agency’s future work
  • Strategic overviews from numerous councils
  • Scotland’s £88m flood defence scheme for Hawick
  • Innovative new solutions and approaches to flood risk
  • Intel shared on new flood and coastal defences
  • £100m plans across Avonmouth and Severnside
  • DEFRA-funded flood resilience Pathfinder Projects
  • Southsea Coastal Partners £100m scheme

Speakers for this event include:

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Agenda and Programme:

09:30-09:50 Doors Open & Networking

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors – with the ability to video chat with attendees, enter the speed networking area or visit the booths of our sponsors.

09:50-11:00 Session One: The UK’s Response to Climate Change and Flooding

A panel of thought leaders and decision makers from across the sector will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the country in relation to climate change and how this will affect the country’s flood defences.

Chair: Waterman Aspen; Andrew Woodliffe, Divisional Director

Environment Agency; Julie Foley, Director of Flood Risk Strategy and National Adaptation

Hawick Flood Protection Scheme; Conor Price, Project Director

Coastal Partners; Zane Gunton, Capital Projects Team Leader

11:00-11:30 Networking & Exhibition

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

And you can visit our exhibitions, chatting directly to them or watch their brand video and register your interest.

11:05-11:20 Innovyze – Empowering Water Experts

Innovyze; Peter Coombs, MEA Innovation Manager

11:30-12:30 Session Two: Major Developments of Flood Defences

A mixture of public and private sector combine to discuss the infrastructure and defences being put in place to combat the effects of flooding.

Chair: Waterman Aspen; James Trafford, Area Manager (Water) – East Midlands

Cumbria County Council; Angela Jones, Executive Director, Economy & Infrastructure

Leeds City Council; Jonathan Moxon, Flood Risk Manager

Environment Agency; Helen Todd, Humber Strategic Manager

City of York Council; Steve Wragg, Flood Risk Manager

12:30-13:30 Networking & Exhibition

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

And you can visit our exhibitions, chatting directly to them or watch their brand video and register your interest.

12:45-13:15 Breakout – Yorkshire Flood Resilience Project

The Yorkshire Flood Resilience Project is one of three DEFRA-funded flood resilience Pathfinder Projects nationally and is aiming to raise awareness of Property Flood Resilience (PFR) products and their benefits amongst a range of stakeholders in Yorkshire. Yorkshire Flood Resilience is led by City of York Council and is working with all Lead Local Flood Authorities across Yorkshire. Emily and Lauren will share insight into the project, alongside the benefits it will bring.

Yorkshire Flood Resilience; Emily Howes, Project Officer

Yorkshire Flood Resilience; Lauren Davidson, Project Officer

13:30-14:30 Session Three: Flood Defences as an Enabler for Economic Growth

In this session we will hear from the panel about their current flood prevention strategy and defences and how this impacts on the development landscape in their region; protecting current communities and opening up development opportunities on previously high risk land

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Bristol City Council; Nuala Gallagher, Director of Growth, Investment and Infrastructure

Environment Agency; Paul Burrows, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for East Anglia

Other speakers TBC

14:30-15:00 Networking, Exhibition & Close

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We’re set to have an exceptional line-up of speakers who’ll be sharing intel into how the UK will alleviate the risk of flooding and the associated development and investment that will go into the area. Here’s an overview of the confirmed speakers:

Environment Agency – Julie Foley, Director of Flood Risk Strategy and National Adaptation

Following the Environment Agency’s successful delivery of the government’s previous £2.6bn investment between 2015 and 2021, more than £860m will be spent in 2021-22 alone to support 1,000 schemes across England as a part of the Environment Agency’s annual capital programme. The new Flood and Coastal Erosion Investment Plan, published in summer 2021, outlines new flood and coastal scheme that will better protect 336,000 properties by 2027, helping to avoid £32bn in wider economic damages and reducing national flood risk by up to 11%.

Leeds City Council – Jonathan Moxon, Flood Risk Manager

As Flood Risk Manager at Leeds City Council, Jonathan is best placed to share insight into the ongoing and proposed works to further protect the city. He will also be able to share details about the current flood prevention schemes in place, and how these will be redeveloped further including changes to existing infrastructure.

Bristol City Council – Nuala Gallagher, Director of Growth, Investment and Infrastructure

Bristol City Council have recently announced the £100m investment into flood management into the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area. This investment will reduce flood risk to at least 2,500 existing homes and businesses, create up to 80 hectares of wetland habitat and opening up 60 hectares for the Enterprise Area, which will supply 12,000 new jobs by 2026. Nuala will be able to share details of the flood management scheme, alongside the benefits for the region.

Nuala Gallagher Bristol City Council

Environment Agency – Paul Burrows, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for East Anglia

East Anglia is one of the most commonly affected areas of the country for flooding. Paul will share insight into how the Environment Agency approach flooding in the region, and will be able to give an update into ongoing and upcoming flood prevention projects for East Anglia.

Cumbria County Council – Angela Jones, Executive Director, Economy & Infrastructure

After being hit with over £300 million worth of damage in the 2009 floods, Cumbria is an area commonly affected by flooding. Angela will be able to share insight into the current flood prevention programmes and the partnerships in place with groups through the community and the Environment Agency. We will also hear about other future schemes in the pipeline and how they will impact the county positively.

Scottish Borders Council – Conor Price, Project Director (Hawick Flood Prevention Scheme)

The Hawick Flood Protection Scheme is one of the largest flood defence projects ever carried out in Scotland. A combined £88m has been invested into the project from the Scottish Government, Scottish Borders Council and various other regional stakeholders. Conor joins us to share his expert opinions on how the UK must combat climate change, as well as the importance of natural flood management and further insight into the Hawick project and the impact it will have on the wider region.

Environment Agency – Helen Todd, Humber Strategic Manager

Rising sea levels place the Humber under increasing threat of major flooding. The Environment Agency are working in partnership with 12 local authorities and the LEP to develop Humber 2100+ – a new tidal flood risk management strategy for the Humber for the next 100 years. Helen will run through how the partnership is looking to address how we manage risk in the future and why that needs to be different to the way we have thought about it previously in order to ensure the Humber is able to adapt to future change.

Waterman Aspen – Andrew Woodliffe, Divisional Director

Waterman Aspen are one of the leading organisations in the flood risk management sector – working with clients in the public and private sector. They’re helping to shape local and national flood risk management planning policy, inform planning decisions, fulfil statutory duties and design and manage sustainable flood risk management measures. Andrew will be representing the organisation – where he leads on the growth of the water sector, working with a wide range of clients including the Environment Agency, water companies and private sector consultants.

Yorkshire Flood Resilience – Emily Howes, Project Officer

The Yorkshire Flood Resilience Project is one of three DEFRA-funded flood resilience Pathfinder Projects nationally, and is aiming to raise awareness of Property Flood Resilience (PFR) products and their benefits amongst a range of stakeholders in Yorkshire. Yorkshire Flood Resilience is led by City of York Council and is working with all Lead Local Flood Authorities across Yorkshire. Emily will share insight into the project, alongside the benefits it will bring.

Coastal Partners – Zane Gunton, Capital Projects Team Leader

Coastal Partners is a partnership between Havant, Portsmouth, Gosport and Fareham Councils to protect the 162km coastline of Hampshire. They have multiple ongoing projects including the Southsea Coastal scheme, which is part of a £100m project to protect over 8,000 homes and over 700 businesses in the region. Zane will be able to share insight into the defence schemes that they incorporate, as well as sharing insight into the importance of natural flood defences and how the country must respond to climate change.

Yorkshire Flood Resilience – Lauren Davidson, Flood Resilience Project Officer

The Yorkshire Flood Resilience Project is one of three DEFRA-funded flood resilience Pathfinder Projects nationally, and is aiming to raise awareness of Property Flood Resilience (PFR) products and their benefits amongst a range of stakeholders in Yorkshire. Yorkshire Flood Resilience is led by City of York Council and is working with all Lead Local Flood Authorities across Yorkshire. Lauren will share insight into the project, alongside the benefits it will bring.

City of York Council – Steve Wragg, Flood Risk Manager

As Flood Risk Manager at City of York Council, Steve is best placed to share insight into the flood defence projects protecting the city. He will also be able to showcase the York Flood Alleviation Scheme, and how this will positively impact the area.

Waterman Aspen – James Trafford, Area Manager (Water) – East Midlands

Chairing session two will be James – a very well known figure within the industry. As the former Chair of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management’s East Midlands branch he has worked in collaboration closely with those from the public and private second. Currently on secondment to the Environment Agency he’ll be steering the discussion and conversation on the day.

Innovyze – Peter Coombs, MEA Innovation Manager

More information to follow.

Associate your brand with the Flood Risk & Defence Development Conference and position your brand at the forefront of one of the UK’s biggest discussions and debates around the need to alleviate the risk of flooding.

Package Exhibition Stand Chair/ Speaking Opportunity Tickets VIP Backstage Access Cost (+VAT)
Conference Partner Yes Yes 15 Yes £2,500 View Details
Session Partner Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 View Details
Session One Partner: The UK’s Response to Climate Change and Flooding Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 Sold Out
Session Two Partner: Major Developments of Flood Defences Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 Sold Out
Best Practice Presentation Package Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,000 View Details
Exhibitor Packages Yes 5 Yes £500 View Details

We have various partnership packages available, including packages with speaking opportunities, exhibition space and those that will drive brand awareness, allowing you to address your whole target audience for maximum brand awareness and impact. Our partnership packages will put you at the forefront of the industry discussion allowing you to be there, be active and be an expert within the construction and property sector and the whole built environment industry.

Conference Partner

£2,500+VAT

Become the headline partner of this conference and get mass awareness and brand visibility. This package is the ultimate – with a prime location during the event, a speaking opportunity, logo positioning on the top of the logo and your name in the event title – “Flood Prevention Conference; Sponsored by YOUR COMPANY NAME”

  • The conference will be called the xxx Conference in association with your company name
  • Ability to help shape the conference agenda and content to bring your strategic thinking to the event
  • Option to recommend speakers
  • Inclusion with pre-conference speaker communications
  • Access to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Prime branding for the whole conference
  • Option to do a keynote speech
  • One speaking position on one panel during the conference
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 15 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event
  • Free exhibition space at all future Built Environment Recruitment Fair’s

Session Partner

£1,500+VAT

The role of the session partner provides an opportunity for you to participate in one of the sessions to build brand awareness, loyalty and trust amongst hundreds of civic and business leaders from across the industry. You’ll be seen to be a thought leader within your area of expertise and showcase your company in front of key decision-makers from across the industry. Benefits include:

  • Ability to help shape the session agenda and content to bring your strategic thinking to the event
  • Option to recommend speakers for the session
  • Inclusion with pre-conference speaker communications
  • Access to the speakers and panellists; an excellent opportunity to establish rapport and build commercially rewarding relationships
  • Branding for the whole conference and your session
  • One speaking position on your panel
  • Option to do a five minute introduction to your panel or thought leaders presentation
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 10 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event
  • Free exhibition space at all future Built Environment Recruitment Fair’s

Session One Partner: The UK’s Response to Climate Change and Flooding

Session Two Partner: Major Developments of Flood Defences

Best Practice Presentation Package

£1,000+VAT

During the breaks delegates are able to speed network and visit the exhibitors – but with this package you can also give them the option of coming to see your company deliver a 15-minute thought leadership presentation, enabling you to play a key role in the conference. Build brand awareness, loyalty, trust and new business leads amongst numerous civic and business leaders from across the industry. Benefits include:

  • Ability to deliver a 15-minute presentation during one of the break periods
  • Access to the VIP Room – a green room for speakers, VIP guests and sponsors
  • Branding across the rest of the conference
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share content
  • 10 online delegate passes for your team and/or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media, etc
  • Master of Ceremonies ‘thank you’ in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion in any PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event
  • Free exhibition space at all future Built Environment Recruitment Fair’s

Best Practive Partner

Exhibitor Package

£500+VAT

If you’re looking for access to the event and a space to meet online delegates and chat with them – then our exhibitor package is perfect. Some people can be reluctant to approach exhibition stands – but online it’s different and you’ll be inundated with enquiries and questions about your brand. Benefits include:

  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 5 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event
  • Free exhibition space at all future Built Environment Recruitment Fair’s

Exhibitor Partner

Exhibitor Partner

If you’re interested in any of the packages above or if you’re interested in finding out additional information then contact us on:

0113 390 4700

opportunities@built-environment-networking.com

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where our ‘Programme’ will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.

Networking Area

Just like a real conference you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.

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Details

Date:
Tuesday, 19th January 2021

Time:
0930hrs – 1500hrs

Venue

Online – Hopin


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