About ADA

The Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) is the membership organisation for water level management authorities in the United Kingdom, with over 230 members and associate members. ADA is recognised as the national representative for Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) in England and Wales.

Established in 1937, ADA was created to watch over and support the interests of drainage authorities at a national and parliamentary level, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and discussions, and to disseminate information of common interest.

Quick download: Association of Drainage Authorities: Introduction flyer


What does ADA do?

ADA undertakes a wide range of work for and on behalf of its members, including:

  • responding to, and working with Government in support of our members

  • providing technical and administrative support

  • publicising the work of our members

  • gathering and presenting industry reports, bulletins and guidance

  • sharing information with members on matters of importance and interest

  • organising conferences and workshops

  • organising other events, such as working demonstrations and golf days

  • linking members to Europe’s other water level managers through EUWMA


Who is a member of ADA?

Our members include:

ADA's Associate Members who are a mixture of Local Authorities, consultants, contractors and suppliers to the water level management industry. Click here to find out more about becoming a member of ADA.

Quick downloads: 2016 ADA Associate Membership form


Who runs ADA?

President | Lord De Ramsey DL
Chairman | Henry Cator OBE FRICS DL
Chief Executive | Innes Thomson BSc CEng FICE
Vice Presidents | Baroness Anne McIntosh of Pickering | Neil Parish MP | David Riddington OBE DL | Jean Venables CBE
Honorary Senior Policy Advisor | David Sisson BEng CEng MCIWEM
Technical Manager | Ian Moodie MSci
Communication and Events Officer | Ellie Cave BA | Heather Bailey BA
Administration and Membership Support Officer | Sue Crowther

Branches | ADA has branches across the country where those involved in the water level management industry can come together and share ideas with ADA and each other. They are located in: Cymru | Eastern | Great Ouse | Lincolnshire | Northern | Severn & Wye | South Western | South Eastern | Trent | Welland & Nene


Want to become a member of ADA?

Click here to find out how...