Venables Consultancy Directors

Dr Jean Venables CBE FREng


Jean Venables is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist with an MSc in Public Health Engineering and a long involvement in water and wastewater engineering, water pollution control, water resources issues and flood risk management. She has extensive experience as a facilitator and chairman, and in undertaking major training consultancy assignments, as well as running professional development courses for civil engineers and other construction professionals. Before setting up Venables Consultancy with her husband, Roger Venables, she lectured in water and wastewater engineering, and contract law and administration for many years.

In 2008/09, Jean was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) – the first woman to hold this office in the Institution's 190-year history. Since stepping down from the Presidency, she has been appointed to the ICE Water Panel and as Chairman of the ICE Professional Conduct Committee.

She was Chairman of the Regional Flood Defence Committee of the Environment Agency Thames Region for 9 years until 2003 and then chaired the Thames Estuary Partnership until 2010, as well as chairing the Expert Industry Independent Review Panel for the Thames Estuary 2100 Project, which reported in 2009 and has developed plans for flood risk management in the estuary until the year 2100. Until March 2006, she was also Chairman of the Research Advisory Committee of CAPM - the Centre for Aquatic Plant Management.

Having been a Vice President of ADA, the Association of Drainage Authorities, since 2003, Jean took over as its Chief Executive at the beginning of 2006 (undertaken on a consultancy basis through Venables Consultancy). ADA is the membership organisation for those involved in water level management, including Internal Drainage Boards, the Northern Ireland Rivers Agency, Environment Agency Flood Defence Committees, Local Authorities, Consultants, Contractors and Suppliers. Jean stood down as ADA Chief Executive on 31 March 2015.

Jean's long involvement in the professional development of civil engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers resulted in her being awarded the Institution's Garth Watson Medal in 2001. She is author of Preparing for the Professional Reviews of the Institution of Civil Engineers, published by Whittles Publishing in 1995. Jean is regularly invited to chair conferences and meetings, as well as delivering papers, especially on flood risk management and sustainable development.

She was awarded an MBE in the 1997 New Year Honours for services to civil engineering, an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to flood defence, and in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List received a CBE for services to civil engineering in recognition of her Presidency of the ICE.

Jean holds Visiting Professorships at Southampton and Strathclyde Universities and at Imperial College London.


Professor Roger K Venables


Roger Venables has more than 30 years' wide-ranging experience of civil, marine and offshore engineering, of research and development in those fields, and of tackling environmental and sustainabilitiy challenges in building and civil engineering. He has the distinctive combination of qualifications and experience in both civil engineering and marketing. In parallel with running Venables Consultancy and its sister company Crane Environmental, he is also Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development at Queens University, Belfast, and visiting lecturer on the MSc in Construction Management at City Univerity, London.

Work with George Wimpey and CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research & Information Association) preceded his joining Jean Venables in Venables Consultancy. He has since undertaken a wide range of assignments on technical development, R&D and its dissemination, marketing, business development and environmental and sustainability issues affecting construction. He has also delivered numerous professional development training courses.

Roger is Editor of Innovation & Research Focus, the quarterly newsletter that promotes the application of innovation and research in construction and the built environmentled by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

His links and work for the ICE also include being Project Manager for their Technology Support for Civil Engineering Exports Project. He then led for the ICE the team that developed CEEQUAL, what is now the sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and the public realm. Working on a consultancy basis, Roger has been Chief Executive of CEEQUAL Ltd, the company set up to manage and promote the scheme, since 2006.

In 2001 Roger delivered the ICE's Brunel International Lecture on 'Delivering Sustainable Development' and has lectured widely on the challenges posed to building and civil engineering clients and professionals by the sustainability agenda.