All three new staff have been working together on river restoration and sediment-driven projects, such as the restoration of Gypsey Race in Bridlington, Europe’s most northerly chalk stream. The stream will flow along a green corridor through the town centre, providing pleasant walking and cycling routes, play areas and improved habitats for wildlife.
First to join among the new staff was Adam Sutcliffe, a specialist in hydrology with a PhD in 3D modelling and eco-hydraulics. Among his claims to fame is that he helped design drainage systems for the famous Pinewood Studios, home to James Bond and Star Wars.
Adam specialises in the interactions between flow and in-stream habitat and has worked on a range of hydrology and physical habitat assessments since joining APEM. Adam is also currently involved with expanding APEM’s hydrometric capabilities.
He brings experience from civil engineering company, Caulmert, where he worked primarily on surface water management schemes, sustainable drainage systems and flood risk assessments.
Simon Whitton arrived at APEM in March 2018 with over 15 years’ experience in river restoration gained at Affinity Water, the River Restoration Centre and the Environment Agency.
At Affinity Water Simon was jointly responsible for delivering river restoration and habitat improvement projects on six chalk streams to the north-west of London. The £5 million, five-year project involved identifying and co-ordinating the improvement schemes, while working closely with regulators, local authorities, catchment partnerships, landowners, consultants and contractors.
As a fisheries officer with the Environment Agency for 12 years, Simon again developed and delivered river restoration projects.
These included the restoration of the River Evenlode near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the birthplace and family home of Sir Winston Churchill. Over a stretch of roughly one and half miles, thousands of tons of stone were added to the river in order to create bars, spawning habitat for fish and a more natural, sinuous channel for the river, which had previously been deepened and widened.
Tim Meadows joined the company from the University of Manchester as a geomorphologist, having worked at both the Environment Agency (EA0 and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). In his roles at the EA and SEPA, Tim provided geomorphological advice to support river management and restoration activities under the EU Water Framework Directive.
Tim’s PhD involved geomorphological modelling to forecast long-term sediment outputs from a catchment impacted by the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens, in the US state of Washington.
He is currently working on sediment management projects and also works alongside Simon and Adam on the morphological aspects of river restoration, ensuring that new and restored river channels function correctly.
APEM’s managing director, Dr Adrian Williams, said: “The skills and experience that Simon, Tim and Adam bring to the company allow us to do more for our clients while maintaining our high standards of scientific integrity.
“Despite – or perhaps because of – their different backgrounds, the knowledge they bring will allow them to work closely together and with our existing teams on river restoration, hydrology and geomorphology.”
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