Dr Jean Venables
HonDSc CEng CEnv FICE MCIWEM FCGI
Chairman, Jean Venables, is a Chartered Civil Engineer
and Chartered Environmentalist with an MSc in Public Health
Engineering and a long involvement in water and wastewater
engineering, water pollution control, water resources issues
and flood risk management.
Until 1994 Jean was a senior
lecturer at Kingston University's School of Civil Engineering.
Jean was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2008/09, having given her presidential address at the ICE on 4 November 2008. She was the first woman in the ICE's 190-year history to hold the office. Since stepping down from the Presidency, she has been appointed to the ICE Water Panel and as Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee.
Jean holds Visiting Professorships at Southampton and Strathclyde Universities and at Imperial College. In addition, her
recent appointments have included being Chairman of the Thames Estuary
Partnership until late 2010 and Chairman of the Expert Industry Independent Review Panel for the Thames Estuary 2100 Project, which developed and published plans in 2009 for flood risk management in the Estuary until the year 2100.
been a Vice President of ADA, the Association of Drainage
Authorities, since 2003, Jean took over as its Chief Executive
at the beginning of 2006. ADA is the membership organisation
for those involved in water level management, including Internal
Drainage Boards, the Northern Ireland Rivers Agency, Environment
Agency Flood Defence Committees (for nine years, until 2003,
Jean was Chairman of the Thames Regional Flood Defence Committee),
Local Authorities, Consultants, Contractors and Suppliers.
1997, Jean was awarded an MBE for services to civil engineering,
in 2004 she received an OBE for services to flood defence, and in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List she was awarded a CBE for services to civil engineering, in recognition of ther Presidency of the ICE.