About RRC > Team
|The River Restoration Centre (RRC) team is based at our office located at Cranfield University, near Milton Keynes, in Bedfordshire. The team has a wide range of skills, knowledge and expertise enabling them to help you with a variety of river restoration and catchment management questions. Everyone at RRC works closely together so if the person you need is not around then there will be someone else that can help.
RRC CORE STAFF
To contact a specific member of RRC staff or to find out more about their role please click on a name:
- Martin Janes - Managing Director
- Marc Naura - Science & Technical Manager
- Jo Cullis - River Restoration Technical Manager
- Josh Robins - Senior River Restoration Adviser
- Alexandra Bryden - Information Officer
- Jackie Hinton - Accounts Technician
- Jane Prady - Science & Technical Support Officer
- Sam Austin - Science & Technical Support Officer
- Richard Treves - Science & Technical Officer - Geomorphology
- Maureen Carpenter - Accounts Assistant
- Maggie Townsend - Temporary Administrative Assistant
the River Restoration Centre
Martin has direct responsibility for the overall management and business planning of RRC working closely with, and supported by, the Company’s Board of Directors and the associated Advisory Board. His role includes the project management of the core funders’ contracts. He also has considerable experience in terms of river restoration delivery and concepts and therefore retains a strong link with the technical side of the organisation.
Martin joined RRC in April 1998 with an MSc in Environmental Water Management having previously worked with the RSPB compiling the New Rivers and Wildlife Handbook. Between 1994 -1998 he was the project coordinator for the EU-Life funded River Cole and River Skerne demonstration project.
Contact Martin for information about how RRC operates, discuss core funder agency agreements, national initiatives and consultation responses.
Marc provides technical advice and expertise on river restoration schemes as well as helping the team develop research bids and manage the online river restoration database and project map. He will also be developing decision support tools and training courses for river restoration.
Marc is a geomorphologist and ecologist with a keen interest in decision support and software development. He is particularly interested in what technology and science can do to help practitioners and environmental managers in their decision-making.
Contact Marc If you have suggestions, ideas or request with regards to the kind of tools, training or services you would like RRC to offer.
Jo is part of the senior management team of RRC and can provide technical river and floodplain restoration advice on projects. Jo is responsible for project management, RRC team management and staff development, and is also involved in strategic working relationships, bids, grants and income generation.
As a river and wetland ecologist and hydromorphologist with 30 years’ experience, Jo is passionate about restoring functioning river systems and wetlands so they can support biodiverse habitats.
Contact Jo if you need advice and technical guidance on river restoration projects, strategic partnerships and wider floodplain management and restoration.
Josh’s role at RRC is to provide technical river restoration advice to enquiries and on-site projects. This involves scoping new possible projects, providing best practice case studies and advice to illustrate options/techniques, and evaluating the success and learning from completed work. Josh manages RRC’s annual program of events, as well as coordinating or delivering the training courses, workshops and member site visits.
Contact Josh if you have any technical enquiries or are looking for project advice. Also if you have any questions about training events, or to discuss how you could benefit from membership of RRC. Josh can also help with sales enquiries and contracts.
Alex's role involves keeping the RiverWiki up to date with projects, managing the RRC's website, and managing the National River Restoration Inventory (NRRI) and Reference Library. Alex also helps out with projects and site visits, and edits RRC's monthly bulletin and social media platforms.
Alex joined RRC in October 2016 after completing an MSc in River Environments and their Management.
Contact Alex for help updating your own RiverWiki projects, to add your project to RRC's UK webmap, and with suggestions for the monthly bulletin.
Jackie undertakes the management accounting functions of the business and works alongside the Managing Director and Science & Technical Manager with business planning, project management and support to the Board.
Contact Jackie for invoicing advice and support.
Jane joined the team in January 2023, helping to support projects.
Jane completed her PhD in 2010, focused on microscopic marine plankton in the North Atlantic and Arctic. Jane studied at Swansea University and conducted Arctic fieldwork onboard a British Antarctic Survey ship, in collaboration with the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban.
Sam joined the team in January 2023, helping to support projects.
Sam is an ecological geomorphologist. Her PhD focused on chalk stream habitats and their management for salmonid populations. Her previous work includes; sediment field and lab based investigations, fish population field surveys, modelling catchment sediment sources, investigating organic sediments and SOD determination and fluvial geomorphology surveys.
Richard joined the team in March 2023, helping to support projects with a special focus on training and educational technology.
Richard’s started his career as a hydrogeologist working in Africa and the UK. He then switched into University teaching as a geologist and then geographer at University of Southampton. He then specialized further into educational technology working for the Open University amongst other universities.
Maureen joined the team in April 2023, helping to support the Accounts Technician. Maureen has 25 years experience working as an Administration Assistant at both The Open University and Cranfield University.
Maggie joined the team in July 2023.
Maggie has a background in administration and secretarial support and her last job was PA to the Director of Security at Cranfield University.