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Deputy Director, Digital Services, Incident Management & Resilience at Environment Agency (UK)

Topic: Predicting the known unknowns: Living with England's Hydrological Extremes 

Kate has 20 years’ experience in the field of flood and environmental risk management. Having gained a PhD in the use of LIDAR in flood modelling, she initially worked as a hydrologist and hydraulic modeller for an engineering consultancy, before joining the Environment Agency. In her 18 years with the organisation, she’s worked on 100s of flood risk modelling, mapping and flood forecasting and warning projects and has operated at local and national levels including being a flood forecasting duty officer, national flood duty manager and media spokesperson. Her achievements have included developing the world’s first national map of surface water flood risk, and improvements to the National Flood Risk Assessment which underpins investment decisions and public awareness, and is used by the insurance industry.
 
In her current role, Kate and her team provide the flood forecasting, warning and incident response digital services for the public, colleagues and professional partners. Her team’s leadership is central to the climate change emergency and the success of England’s response to flooding seen in the last few years.  She continues to seek innovative, agile solutions and works with technology partners such as Microsoft, Google and other Government agencies to develop end to end services with users at the heart. She’s passionate about inclusivity, championing Faith and Belief in the Environment Agency and across wider Government. In her spare time she runs a local Scout Group, and parents two small children.