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 chair

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.

Adrian Horton

As Secretary, Adrian manages inbound enquires, requests for information about the work of Slow The Flow, deals with some of our social media channels and liaises with other similar and like minded organisations and statutory bodies who are responsible for, and deal with, flood risk. Please email if you need to contact us. During working hours, Adrian works in the vehicle leasing/automotive industry supplying electric, plug in hybrid and combustion driven vehicles. One of the significant challenges of climate change is to encourage drivers to utilise Electric Vehicle technology. Working in the automotive industry and as a Trustee gives us a unique perspective on emerging technologies to combat the effects of climate change.

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.

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.

Andrew Wright

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.

Roseanne Mulligan

Roseanne moved to Calderdale about a year before the major flooding event on Boxing Day 2015 and is passionate about growing environmental activism and community resilience in the face of the climate and nature crises. Roseanne's background is in journalism in national media, and business development in not-for-profits, Roseanne is very pleased to be able to use her professional skills to help Slow the Flow increase its impact in what is a critical decade for people and planet.