ADA Conference

Sharing knowledge

The Conference is ADA’s largest annual event with over 200 delegates attending from across the UK’s flood and water level management organisations that are members of ADA. It informs our members of ADA’s activities and offers high-level presentations from leading political and industry speakers. Delegates are able to discuss topical flood and water level management issues during a structured discussion forum.

The event promotes ADA’s vision for flood risk management authorities working in partnership together, delivering effective services through good governance and strategic planning. It is an annual opportunity for members, officers, exhibitors and sponsors to network, share good practice and gain solutions to local issues from a platform which brings flood and water level management to the heart of government.

82nd Annual Conference - 2019




Wednesday 13th November 2019


One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA


ADA’s 82nd Annual Conference & AGM will be an essential event for the members and officers of flood and water level management authorities in the UK. The Conference brings together over 200 delegates from across the flood and water level management industry to discuss the key policy issues of the moment. Members attending include those from the Environment Agency, internal drainage boards, local authorities, regional flood and coastal committees, Natural Resources Wales, and the Coal Authority, as well as a number of ADA’s Associate Members who supply the sector. Take a look at our guest speaker line up below.

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About our speakers

Stuart Roberts

Stuart Roberts

Vice President, National Farmers' Union

Bryan Curtis

Bryan Curtis

Chair, Coastal Group Network

Robin Price

Robin Price

Interim Managing Director, Water Resources East (WRE)

Past Conferences

81st Annual Conference - 2018

ADA’s 81st Annual Conference & AGM took place on Wednesday 14 November 2018 to a packed audience of over 200 delegates and guests. Thank you to each of our speakers and sponsors The Risk Factor and Tony Gee for their kind support. Below you can find information about each of our speakers, download their presentation slides, and find links to videos they showed.

Sue Hayman MP

Sue is a member of the Labour Party’s Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Sue gave the opening address at the Conference discussing her first hand experience of flooding in Cumbria after becoming Labour MP for Workington in 2015. Sue remembered the terrible impacts on the community both physical and to mental health, continuing to the present day. Sue highlighted the importance of considering catchments, as well as the depth, duration, and frequency of flooding in future flood risk management funding decisions.

Robert Hössen

Robert is an expert in crisis management at the Veiligheidsregio Noord-Holland Noord (VRNHN) that carries out fire & rescue, ambulance, and risk & crisis management in North Holland.

Robert gave his insight into how flood incident management is organised in The Netherlands. He clearly illustrated the cascade effects of flooding and dike failure on communities, services and critical infrastructure.

Robert’s Slides


Video Links

Film Trailer: Als de dijken breken (If the dikes break)

Impactanalyse Overstroming (Impact Analysis Flooding)

Kleine kans, grote gevolgen (Small chance, big effects)

Storm Tide in the Dutch Continental Shelf Model (.pptx)

John Curtin

John is the Environment Agency’s Executive Director of Flood & Coastal Risk Management.

John gave a thought provoking presentation on climate change, opening with a video capturing the largest glacier calving ever filmed. He discussed international comparisons with the UK’s approach to climate change adaptation, and looked ahead to the publication of UKCP18. The UK can expect more prolonged periods of dry weather and many more intense rainfall events, particularly given the interaction with the jetstream, shuttling a succession of storms across the Atlantic, as seen in recent winters.

John’s Slides


Video Link

“CHASING ICE” captures largest glacier calving ever filmed

David Cooper

David is Deputy Director for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management, within Defra’s floods and water policy team.

David focused on Defra’s major policy announcements of 2018 affecting flood and water level management, including the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and Agriculture Bill. David highlighted the importance of transparent governance in water management and support the launch of the guide to Good Governance for Internal Drainage Board Members.

Past Conference Reports