Our experienced management team are also made up of volunteers. To contact one of us, please go to our CONTACTS page.
Chair – Joey Williams: Joey is an ex Royal Logistics supply specialist. He is now a sales office manager for a specialist vehicle manufacturer. In the aftermath of the Boxing day flood Joey set up, co-ordinated and ran the flood relief hub in Mytholmroyd and making sure the residents of the Calder Valley were supplied with the donations of food and cleaning supplies. More recently having worked with printed circuit boards Joey has worked on developing an open source river level monitor for Slow The Flow.
Secretary – Bede Mullen: Bede is a retired Engineer, Academic and Senior Manager at two universities, culminating with the role of Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer. Bede installed a 45KW hydro-electric scheme on Colden Water last year and is a member of the ‘Friends of Colden Clough’, Hebden Bridge Rotary Club and an event manager for the annual Vintage Car Weekend.
Treasurer – Stephen Garrod: A mathematics graduate, Stephen, has had over 30 years in business with 19 as a Managing Director of a local company. Stephen is currently the treasurer of Calder Valley Youth Theatre and a volunteer with Calderdale Youth Offending Team.
Funding Officer – Stuart Bradshaw: Stuart is a Chartered Structural Engineer with a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering. With over 30 years’ experience as a Geotechnical Engineer he has designed structures and foundations both here and abroad including the foundations of the new GCHQ building. He has had his own consultancy for over ten years and lives in Pecket Well.
Media & Website Co-ordinator – Adrian Horton: Adrian has experience of social media and developing websites for Calder Youth Theatre and has had extensive contact with various media organisations and a growing number of various public figures in relation to the floods of December 2015. When not working on behalf of the group, Adrian works for a vehicle leasing company.
Partnerships Officer – Amanda McDermott: Amanda is a Chartered Landscape Architect with a particular interest in Sustainable Drainage (SuDS). She works for a small Yorkshire-based practice, 2B Landscape Consultancy Ltd, where she has developed proposals for rain gardens of various scales. Her house in Mytholmroyd was flooded in December 2015. Amanda is an elected member of the Landscape Institute Council and on the Editorial Advisory Panel for Landscape (the professional journal).
Education and Research Officer – Robin Gray: Robin is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Environmental Scientist with 25 years’ experience of managing natural environment projects including the award winning Watershed Landscape project. Working as part of the Calderdale DEFRA Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder programme, he qualified in a Post Graduate Certificate in Flood & Coastal Risk at the University of Lancaster. In his day job as South Pennines Local Nature Partnership Development Manager has delivered natural environment research and programmes working closely with hydrologists and modellers at the University of Leeds (Water@Leeds).
Ian Vickridge: Ian is a retired Civil Engineer who has had over 45 years’ experience working with a variety of academic, consulting and construction organisations in UK and abroad. He was a Senior Lecturer at Manchester University for many years before taking up a post as Technical Director with a major water engineering consulting company in Hong Kong in 2004. Since retirement in 2011 he has been involved as a volunteer in various local community organisations, and he is currently Chairman of the UK Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT).
Project Manager – Therese Dignan: Therese is a Change professional with over 20 years project and programme management experience in the financial sector. Primarily delivery large scale IT change that “keep things simple” working with large teams of people across the UK, Europe & worldwide. Although from a financial services background, Therese is confident that her pragmatic approach to problems can assist the group as a whole and can be applied to environmental and engineering work. She moved to Hebden Bridge at the end of 2015 and was directly impacted by the floods, however was indirectly affected by the loss of the “heart of the town” during the months following the floods. She was part of a group who keyed claims into the system to ensure accurate records were available for emergency flood payments.