Colin leads in the Environment Agency on flood response and recovery planning and preparing for flood emergencies. After the devastating 2007 floods in the UK, Colin led the government’s Flood Emergencies Programme, in co-operation with the Cabinet Office, the Environment Agency and Defra to implement improvements in national and local flood emergency response planning for severe wide-area flooding.
Colin started his career in the Victorian State Government in Melbourne, Australia before moving to the UK in 1993. His work in UK flood and coastal risk management is preceded by ten years of business development, business planning and corporate affairs both within the Environment Agency and in Groundwork UK.
His contribution to the Government response to the 2007 floods included work on the National Flood Emergency Framework and planning for a national flood rescue capability. Colin chaired the national project to produce reservoir inundation (flood) maps for all large reservoirs in England and he developed the initial scope and shape of Exercise Watermark, the largest UK national flood exercise ever undertaken.