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River Restoration Centre Team

The RRC core team located at Cranfield University is responsible for maintaining the UK’s National River Restoration Inventory. This inventory is key to being able to provide best practice information and national trends to a range of end users. The team develop technical workshops, deliver the annual network conference, provide independent on-site advice, compile and disseminate monthly bulletins and, service the river restoration community with regular news updates via social media. Additionally, the technical staff provide direct advice and support to a range of national initiatives, whilst the support staff are responsible for membership, conference delegate information, and managing the business accounts.

The team are supported by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Group. Where specific additional technical support is necessary, the staff seek input from Expert Technical Advisers.


Board of Directors

RRC staff report to a Board of Directors comprised of individuals from both the public and private sector.  Many are directly involved with operational aspects of river restoration, with first hand knowledge of current needs and practices, whilst others provide support to business planning. The current board members are:

  • Christianne Tipping (Chair)
  • Fiona Bowles (Vice-Chair)
  • Jo Cullis (Secretary)
  • Will Bond
  • Ann Skinner
  • Phil Boon
  • Patrick Murphy
  • David Adams

Advisory Group

Working closely with the Board of Directors, the Advisory Group comprises representatives from UK government agencies.  The Board is a crucial element of the River Restoration Centre structure and ensures our business planning process takes account of national environment programmes and operational staff needs.  The current Advisory Board members are:

  • Dr Judy England - Environment Agency
  • Gareth Greer - Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
  • Charles Perfect - Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Antonia Scarr - Environment Agency
  • Angus Tree - NatureScot
  • Jenny Wheeldon - Natural England
  • Andrew Hitchenor - DFI Rivers
  • Janet Hooke - University of Liverpool
  • Jill Howells - Natural Resources Wales
  • Stewart Clarke - Freshwater & Estuaries National Specialist, National Trust
  • Mark Lloyd - Rivers Trust
  • Hilary Foster - Natural Resources Wales
  • Meredith Thompson - Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs
  • Simon Johnson - Freshwater Biological Association

Expert Technical Advisers

As well as the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, RRC works with a network of experienced individuals who can provide specific advice and guidance in conjunction with RRC staff. If you would like to become an RRC Expert Adviser and have the appropriate expertise and experience, please contact the Centre. Expertise of current Expert Technical Advisers include:

  • Channel Design
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Enhancement works implementation
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Fisheries
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrology & Hydraulic Modelling
  • Project Management
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • River Restoration Design
  • Water Management