Minni Jain is the operations,director of the ‘FLOW’ Partnership which has revived 7 rivers through community action in arid areas of Rajasthan, India. The principles of this work in India are proving to be beneficial to understanding and finding solutions to floods in the UK. Minni is an editor of the Holistic Science Journal. She also helps co-ordinate a series of workshops called Process and Pilgrimage which explore the relation between Science and Spirit through dialogues on knowing, knowledge and experience. Read more here
Prof Alastair Driver, International Catchment Restoration Specialist
Alastair is one of the most experienced, inspirational and influential catchment management and restoration specialists in the world, with unparalleled UK experience and a highly respected international reputation. In his role as National Head of Conservation for the Environment Agency for the last 15 years and before that as Conservation Manager for the Thames catchment for 18 years, he pioneered a huge range of sustainable environmental management and restoration projects, procedures and policies in the river and wetland environment. Most notably, he was a powerhouse behind the hugely successful restoration of the Thames catchment. Click here to see the Thames Presentation
Alastair is bringing his considerable experience to help develop a comprehensive global catchments strategy to enable water-stressed regions and their respective governments to undertake this work more readily. Click here for full CV
Susie Nicholls, Project Development
Susie Nicholls has worked in the charitable sector for over 25 years. She has managed an orphanage in India, gathered conservation data in Scotland, taught in a democratic school in Japan and most recently developed the charitable work of the Sharpham Trust in South Devon. She believes whole heartedly in the importance of learning from the natural world, in sharing cultural understanding and the principles of 'learning by doing’. The regeneration of seven rivers in Rajasthan by rural communities taking action locally has inspired her to join the Flow Partnership to help amplify such positive projects globally. She is a Trustee of Habitat Survival Trust, lives in South Devon with her family and likes swimming in cold water!
Louise Tillbury, Project Management
Louise Tilbury is a project adviser specialising in delivering social transformation through cutting edge, creative and innovative projects. From bid and strategy writing to delivering the nitty gritty, she enjoys the challenge of turning a vision into a reality, creating teams and partnerships to make it happen. She enjoys working internationally, nationally and locally and making connections across cultures.
Louise spent 5 years at HM Treasury working on a number of high profile policy areas, culminating in leading the team for the Leitch Review of Skills in 2006. She started working as a freelance consultant in 2007 after moving to Cornwall mostly in the area of skills and economic development.
Rafaela Graça Scheiffer, Project Co-ordinator
Rafaela sees herself as a 21st century scientist, who understands that humans are indissociable from Nature. She wants to put science, arts, education and community action in service of a human blossoming that benefits all beings, that is why she started working for Water. Rafaela is from Curitiba, Brazil and she concluded her MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, with a special interest in new perceptions of climate change. Travelling is her nourishment and self-education, how she makes sense of the world. In Brazil, she is associated to Instituto Nhandecy.
Philip Franses, Director, Planning & Strategy
Philip Franses has long experience in working holistically - with organisations in his fifteen year career as computer system designer; and in research into complex systems in nature, in his seven year work as Senior Lecturer in Holistic Science. Water uniquely combines both these perspectives - in the organisational structures that manage this resource; and the complex natural cycles that characterise water’s underpinning of life. Philip joined The Flow Partnership to use his two areas of expertise to construct a unified approach to water that addresses the perspectives of the different stakeholders, while keeping the emphasis on restoring water into its vital place within the cycles of nature. Philip studied mathematics at New College, Oxford and teaches on the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College in Devon, UK. Philip is also the Chief Editor of the Holistic Science Journal.
Dr Marc Stutter, The James Hutton Institute
Is the head of the research theme Managing Catchments and Coasts at the James Hutton Institute/Scotland. This area develops and applies knowledge and tools for improving delivery of integrated catchment management across issues of water quality, flooding, resource use efficiency and water-energy links. http://www.hutton.ac.uk/staff/marc-stutter
Dr Mark Wilkinson, James Hutton Institute
A researcher in catchment hydrology, specialising in flood risk management at source. Other interests include the design, implementation and data analyses/modelling of hydrological catchment monitoring experiments. http://www.hutton.ac.uk/staff/mark-wilkinson
Dr Paul Quinn, Newcastle University
Joined the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle in 1997, as part of the Water Resources Engineering Group. His area of teaching revolves around hydrology (water quantity and quality), with a focus on Catchment Systems Engineering. His research interests focus on catchment instrumentation, GIS and modelling. http://research.ncl.ac.uk/proactive/
Chris Uttley, Stroud rural SuDs project officer
Chris Uttley has lived in Stroud for 6 years and has worked for Stroud District Council for two & a half years as the project officer for the Stroud Rural Sustainable project, the catchment wide initiative to implement Natural Flood Management throughout the 250km2 catchment of the Stroud River Frome. Chris has previously worked on the interface between water and land management for nearly 20 years in various roles with the Countryside Council for Wales (now Natural Resources Wales)
Alice Chapple is an economist and a specialist in impact investment and assessment. She has worked with funds to design impact assessment frameworks for investments in ‘inclusive’ or pro-poor businesses; with commercial companies to evaluate their impact in developing countries; with foundations to assess the impact of their portfolios; and with NGOs to explore the structural barriers that exist to prevent capital flowing to areas that create the most positive social and environmental impacts. http://www.impact-value.com/
Rajendra Singh, Chairman, Tarun Bharat Sangh
Also known as the Waterman of India, Rajendra Singh, is a highly respected social activist working with water and river issues in India. Rajendra and Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS), the organisation he set up to further this work, have, over 28 years of working in that region, revived 7 rivers, dry for eighty years. He has helped the villagers build more than 12,000 Johads at strategic points. Rajendra Singh is at times referred to as the “Water Gandhi”. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leaders in 2001 and the Stockholm Water Prize in 2015
Maulik Sisodia, Tarun Bharat Sangh
Maulik Sisodia is an executive director of Tarun Bharat Sangh. He belongs to a new generation of management graduates who are devoting their life to the Development Sector. His interests are in policy level issues related to rivers and water resources. His expertise is in implementing projects at a grass roots level with the end beneficiary being the most underprivileged. He also helps initiate campaigns at national level for these causes. http://tarunbharatsangh.in/
Michal Kravcík, People And Water
Michal Kravcík,is a founding member and Chairman of the NGO People And Water www.ludiaavoda.sk/. He promotes sustainable programs for integrated river basin management in Slovakia, “Water for Third Millenium” and Blue Alternative. He is the author of publications including, “New Water Paradigm – Water for the Recovery of Climate” (2007),www.waterparadigm.org”. He is an ASHOKA Fellow and recipient Goldman Environmental Prize from 1999.
Martin Kováč completed his studies in Waterworks Construction and Water Management at the Slovak Technical University, was the first director of the National Trust in Slovakia. Between 2006-2010 was responsible for development and elaboration of national flood prevention and integrated water resources management policies for local municipalities at the Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia (ZMOS). http://www.waterparadigm.org/
Juraj Kohutiar was consultant of the Foundation for Support of Civic Activities (NPOA) focusing on monitoring the impacts of massive scale implementation of various water retention measures on local level in towns and communities in Slovakia during implementation projects of the Landscape Revitalization and Integrated River Basin Management Program for the Slovak Republic (2010-2012). http://crvs.sk/
Dr Jan Pokorný, Institute of Landscape Ecology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Dr Jan Pokorný is a research scientist of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (Institute of Botany, Institute of System Ecology and Ecology), involved in research projects on wetland ecology, landscape restoration in Australia, Eastern Africa, Asia. Dr Pokorný is a principal researcher of the National Research Programme of the Czech Republic "Development of methods for evaluation of solar energy fluxes in ecosystems". His main specialisations are the measurement, monitoring and detection of solar energy radiation in the landscapes and its distribution between latent heat and sensible heat due to photosynthesis process and wetlands restoration. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/greenweek2009/bio/bio-pokorny.html
Richard is an agricultural scientist with over ten years experience in the Australian agricultural sector, including 5 years working as the Water Policy Manager for Australia's largest farmer representative body (NSW Farmers Association). Richard believes that new paradigm, holistic approaches to water management globally, provide some of the best opportunities for developing sustainable societies of the future. Richard is also a board member of the Ecological Agriculture Association of Australia and the founder of www.ourfoodfuture.com