Slow the flow



Our trustees are all volunteers with experience of the devastation of flooding. We are dedicated to helping others better manage flood risk.

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.

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.

Warren Goodall

From walking the Peak District as a youth to taking a degree in Environmental Studies, Warren has been keen on the local environment. He hopes that by bringing some of the skills developed in commercial management in the construction industry to the work of Slow the Flow he will be able to help in mitigating some of the impacts on local communities of a changing climate. When not working for Slow the Flow Warren can be found sampling the streams local to his Greetland home for invertebrate life as part of the Riverfly Initiative, walking the Pennine hills with Gwen his wife or fishing for trout in the Northern streams.

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. Stuart also volunteers for Hebden Bridge Rotary Club and Calder Valley Youth Theatre.

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.

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. She now lives in Halifax, where her garden contains many SuDS features. Amanda sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel for Landscape (the Landscape Institute's professional journal).

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 he delivered natural environment research and programmes worked closely with hydrologists and modellers at the University of Leeds (Water@Leeds). Robin is now project development officer for the Forest of Bowland AONB

Therese Degnan

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 in 2015 and wasn't 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.

Katie kimber

Katie brings high energy and enthusiasm to whatever she takes on, with a natural flair for Social Media Marketing and website management, she can educate you on the ins and outs of creating engagement across a range of Social Media platforms. If it's lessons in how to tackle the Social Media beast she ticks all the boxes and if you simply don't have time, Katie can manage them for you. Katie is no stranger to voluntary work and Community engagement is one of her strengths, her current roles are flood warden and Chair of the Community Resilience Operations Group on the Flood Partnership Board in Calderdale.