Title of the speech: Flood Risk Management: past and future
Jean Venables is a leading consultant in flood risk and water level management. Jean is Chair of the Engineering and Environment Committee for WFEO (the World Federation of Engineering Organisations), a member of the Council and Technical Committee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Vice President of the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s International Committee. She is also a Visiting Professor at Coventry University, a member of the Anglian (Central) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, and a member of the Presidential Commission on Governance of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Jean was awarded the MBE for services to civil engineering, the OBE for services to flood defence and the CBE for services to the civil engineering profession, the Garth Watson Medal and is a Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). She is past Chair of the Constructionarium Board and also the ICE Club. The University of Kent, Kingston University, Abertay University and Nottingham University have awarded Jean Honorary Doctorates. The Jean Venables Medal is awarded by the ICE for the best performance in the Technician Engineers Review.