Crane Environmental's Directors

Dr Jean Venables CBE FREng


Crane's 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.

Having 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.

In 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.


Professor Roger K Venables


Crane's Managing Director, Professor Roger Venables, is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

He is Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development at Queen's University, Belfast, and a visiting lecturer on the MSc in Construction Management at City University, London.

After his early career at George Wimpey & Co, he worked with CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research & Information Association) before joining Jean Venables in Venables Consultancy, Crane Environmental's parent company.

Roger has had a leading role in bringing about the dramatically increased awareness of the importance of environmental and social issues to civil engineering and the construction industry as a whole.

He was Technical and Coordinating Editor for The Rosehaugh Guide to Buildings & Health published by RIBA in the early 1990s and then led the team that wrote and produced the CIRIA Environmental Handbooks for Building and Civil Engineering Projects. He and John Newton were co-authors of A Client's Guide to Greener Construction, published by CIRIA in 1995 and in the late 1990s completed the update of the CIRIA Environmental Handbooks.

Having led the team that developed it, Roger Venables is now Chief Executive of the distributed management team of CEEQUAL, the UK's assessment & awards scheme for improving sustainabiltiy in civil engineering and the public realm.

Roger delivered the third ICE Brunel International Lecture at venues around the world on the subject of 'Delivering Sustainable Development', and has lectured widely on the challenges posed to building and civil engineering clients and professionals by the sustainability agenda.


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