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susdrain SuDS Champions Awards 2023

Join this celebratory event to discover who will be crowned winners of the susdrain SuDS Champions Awards 2023.

We're delighted to reveal the individuals and teams in the running for the susdrain SuDS Champions Awards.

SuDS are often implemented due to the ability of champions who inspire, inform and influence others to get on board, share good practice, and deliver good SuDS. The susdrain SuDS Champions Awards 2023 celebrate individuals and teams who have demonstrably gone the ‘extra mile’ to deliver and encourage the uptake of SuDS.

This year, susdrain will recognise:
  • ‘Rising stars’ of the SuDS world
  • Experienced SuDS professionals
  • Outstanding SuDS teams
This is a fantastic opportunity for professionals to be recognised for their achievements in SuDS. Join us on 13 July in Edinburgh or online to celebrate their success!

Why attend
  • Recognise industry leaders and rising stars in the SuDS community
  • Celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams who champion and deliver high quality SuDS
  • Discover how SuDS professionals are rising to the challenge of developing more sustainable and attractive places with well managed surface water
  • Share good practice and take inspiration from adoptable ideas
  • Earn valuable CPD
Who should attend
  • susdrain partners and supporters
  • Anyone involved in SuDS promotion or delivery including:
    • SuDS approvers from local authorities and water and sewerage companies
      Developers (commercial and domestic)
    • Designers (engineers, landscape architects)
    • those from related fields such as highway engineers and linear asset operators 
    • those involved in community SuDS schemes (e.g. NGOs such as Rivers Trusts, Groundwork or schools and Parish Council members).
  • SuDS champions
  • Local authorities
  • Lead Local Flood Authorities
  • Drainage engineers
  • Regulators
  • Planners
  • Land agents
  • Representatives of Government departments interested in SuDS
  • Media
  • Trade bodies 
12:00 Networking lunch

13:00 Visit to SuDS projects in Edinburgh

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Welcome and introduction to Edinburgh and SuDS
Stephen Knox, Services Manager – Structures & Flood Management,
The City of Edinburgh Council
Ujwala Fernandes, Regional Director – Landscape & Urban Design, Atkins

16:20 Welcome from susdrain
Graham Fairhurst, Chair, susdrain Project Steering Group
Adrien Baudrimont, Research Manager, CIRIA

16:30 What being a SuDS Champion means to me: previous winners share
their experiences
susdrain SuDS Champion 2022 – Rising Star
Josh Rutherford, Senior Flood Risk Engineer, Systra
(formerly Drainage Engineer, Atkins)
susdrain SuDS Champion 2022 – Outstanding Team
Amanda McDermott, Slow the Flow and
Bill and Elizabeth Blackledge, West Wolds Slow the Flow

17:00 SuDS Champions Awards presentations
Dr Andy Moores, Research Director, CIRIA

17:30 Networking drinks

Thursday 13 July 2023
Hybrid event in Edinburgh and online
  • 12:00 – 19:00, SuDS tour and susdrain SuDS Champions Awards 2023 (in person)
  • 16:00 – 17:30, susdrain SuDS Champions Awards 2023 (online)
City Chambers
253 High Street

susdrain partners and supporters Free to attend
CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members Free to attend

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