Posted: Thursday 22nd December 2011

CIWEM is pleased to announce that David Wilkes has taken over from Gerard Morris as CIWEM President 2011-2012. David Wilkes’ prime presidential theme for the year will be “thought leadership”; thoughts about what we do and how we do it. It will focus particularly on how we train the next generation into qualified individuals, sharing expertise and best practice amongst fellow professionals, and being an independent and trusted public voice.

Professionally, he is Associate Director for Arup, based in Leeds, where he works on a multitude of projects involved with flood risk, environmental matters and planning. One of his major clients is the Environment Agency. He is also developing an increasing portfolio of Expert Witness flood related work. Before joining Arup, David had a 30 year career with the Environment Agency and predecessor organizations, where amongst other jobs he managed the Thames Barrier and Flood Defences for London. During the 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic he managed the protection of water resources for Yorkshire.

David Wilkes is a graduate of the University of Durham where he studied Engineering Sciences with Management. Outside of working hours he enjoys the outdoors, cycling, skiing and sailing, when opportunity permits. He has helped establish a Duke of Edinburgh Awards division within the local scout group and supported 25 Gold, 70 Silver and over 100 Bronze award recipients.

Within his opening speech at the inauguration ceremony, David Wilkes remarked:

“What an honour this is, to stand here as the new President of CIWEM, but also daunting, the stakes are high; we have only got one planet to sustain us now and into the future.....By nature I am an optimist and my expectation is that we have the capacity, and an innate human desire to survive, and be successful from one generation to the next. CIWEM can help by encouraging engagement of the issues by proving evidence and providing know-how and by showing ways to that better future.”

David Wilkes officially became President on 29th September at CIWEM AGM, held on the HQS Wellington, moored on the Thames at Temple Stairs in London.

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