International Keynote Spe...

Mark currently leads the Global Water Business in Arup. He formerly led the Europe Water Business in Arup. He is also currently Chairman of the River Mersey Task Force.

He is currently working with the Rockefeller Foundation on the City Water Resilience Framework with the support of the 100 Resilient Cities, World Bank and OECD. He has also recently presented thought leadership on water resilience to Defra, Welsh Government, Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. He was invited to take part in the International Strategy Review of the Stockholm International Water Institute. He is also on the Organising Committee for Singapore International Water Week 2018. He was also invited by the Club of Rome and Circle of Blue to be part of the Watershed convocation at the Vatican in May 2017 looking at how a multi-faith initiative can increase the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

In April 2015 he gave the keynote presentation at the WRc Innovation Day on ‘The role of Innovation in the Sustainable Management of Water’. He is also the sponsor and lecturer for the Arup University – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Business School course on ‘Resilience of Urban Systems’ (programmed from 2017-2020).

He received an Honorary Doctorate (DEng) in 2015 for his work on sustainable water management from Bradford University, the highest honour they can confer. He was Honorary Visiting Professor to Bradford University in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development from 2009 – 2012 and Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development to Bradford University  from 2003 – 2009.

He was Project Director for the Bradford City Park, one of the largest urban water regeneration projects in the UK and winner of the BCIA Regeneration Project of the Year 2012. He is also Framework Director for all water and wastewater related projects for Yorkshire Water in AMP5 and AMP6. He was also National Framework Director for the Environment Agency. He champions the concept of integrated water management incorporating green infrastructure to compliment and sometimes replace conventional water solutions in the public realm. He has advised on strategic issues at Board level on integrated water management, water residence and regulation.

He has responsibility for all water and flood risk related activity for Arup in his region and has extensive experience working with regulators, local authorities, water companies, environmental agencies and has advised at a regional, national and trans-national level. He has a particular interest in urban resilience to too much or too little water, engineering geology of dams and sustainable flood risk management, surface water management and green infrastructure.

He has presented to Stockholm World Water Week, Singapore International Water Week, WATEC in Tel Aviv, COP21 in Paris, COP 22 in Marrakech, Water UK, British Water, the ICE and CIWEM on major water and flood related projects associated with urban regeneration, sustainable water management and water resilience. He also advised the European Union on major flooding associated with the River Tisza in Ukraine and the Evinos Dam in Greece (125m high earth dam).

He led the winning team for the Engineering Council Environment Award for “Engineering in the Natural Environment” in 1999 for a river intake project on the Upper Derwent in North Yorkshire and has won numerous Business Excellence awards from Yorkshire Water for reservoir, water and wastewater projects.