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Bede Mullen

Chair & Safeguarding Officer
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.
Steve Garrod

Stephen Garrod

A mathematics graduate, Stephen, has had over 30 years in business with 19 as Managing Director of a local manufacturing company. Stephen has worked extensively with Calder Valley Youth Theatre and been a volunteer with Calderdale Youth Offending Team. More recently, he has worked as a senior support worker for Womencentre, Halifax.
jackie Lowe

Jackie Lowe


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 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 Forestry commission.

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.

Andrew Wright

Safeguarding Officer
Andrew is a teacher with over sixteen years of experience in education. He began his career as a secondary English teacher in a variety of local schools and has also worked in the primary sector and more recently in SEND, where he has developed a bespoke horticultural curriculum to widen access and participation for pupils with additional needs. He is also a qualified Forest School Leader who has recently taken on a new position managing a Forest School nursery for pre-school children in Oxenhope. He has lived and worked in the Calderdale area for most of his career and is a keen walker with a good knowledge of the local area and its countryside.

Paul Williams

Paul is a Geography Teacher with 20 years’ experience of teaching in secondary schools in Calderdale. A former Head of Geography and Geology, he now teaches A Level Geography part time whilst looking after his family. Paul has an interest in a range of environmental issues and prior to teaching was a Project Officer for BTCV (now TCV) in the West Pennines organising and delivering a range of practical conservation projects.
Andrew Mackintosh

Andrew Mackintosh

Andrew has lived in the Hebden Bridge area for 30 years and has studied and worked in environmental management for a similar period. He has an MSc in Countryside Management and has worked in a variety of environmental jobs/roles including nature reserve warden, landscape restoration research, farm conservation advisor and currently works for Natural England as a public access and recreation specialist.

Adrian Horton

Adrian was a founding member of Slow The Flow in 2016 and got involved in promoting Natural Flood Management because he felt traditional methods of flood alleviation were not the only solution to reducing flood risk. Adrian also works for a vehicle leasing company specialising in supplying and managing electric vehicles, another subject he is passionate about. Adrian is our Outreach Officer so if your group or organisation would like to know more about Natural Flood Management or how Slow The Flow can help reduce flood risk, please do get in touch.