In my most recent role of Chief Resilience Office (CRO) for Bristol I enjoyed working to build a strong local coalition of city leaders to embed resilience thinking in city-wide policy, planning and practice.
Throughout my career I have sought to work with professionals from other disciplines to break down silos and challenge conventional thinking and “business as usual” practices. For example, as a water and sanitation engineer I worked with social scientists to gain insight into people’s local cultural practices. Whilst working for the sustainable transport charity Sustrans I managed a team of behaviour change specialists to help address perceived as well as practical barriers to walking and cycling.
Ever since graduating as a civil engineer from the University of Southampton in 1990 and later completing a Masters in irrigation engineering my career has been shaped by a personal passion for delivering positive change to improve people’s quality of life and wellbeing no matter where they live or how poor they are.
To see a more detailed account of my professional experience please take a look at my CV, my Linked In page and my list of publications
I also worked in partnership with the 100 Resilient Cities Programme team and CROs around the world to exchange ideas, test new approaches and advocate for city-led resilience planning.