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Dr Jean Venables CBE FREng
DSc MSc BSc(Eng) CEng CEnv FICE MCIWEM FCGI
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 holds Visiting Professorships at Southampton and Strathclyde Universities and at Imperial College London.
Professor Roger K Venables
BSc(Eng) DipM CEng CEnv FICE MCIM FCGI
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.
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.