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.

81st Annual Conference - 2018

The 81st ADA Conference will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London. Further details and online booking will be made available here in due course.

80th Annual Conference - 2017

The 2017 ADA Annual Conference & AGM, sponsored by Towergate Insurance Brokers, was held on Thursday 16th November 2017 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA.

The Conference brought together 240 delegates from across the flood and water level management industry, including the Environment Agency, internal drainage boards, local authorities, regional flood and coastal committees, Natural Resources Wales, Coal Authority and many suppliers.

This year’s Conference was particularly special as it marked the start of our 80th Anniversary celebrations since the Association of Drainage Authorities was formed on 2nd December 1937. As in previous years, we had an influential line-up of speakers, including:

  • Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Defra
  • Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, Environment Agency
  • Councillor Derek Antrobus, Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development, Salford City Council
  • Lord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change

Download the full Conference agenda here: ADA Conference Agenda 2017

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About our speakers:

Thérèse Coffey MP

Thérèse Coffey MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment

Sir James Bevan

Sir James Bevan

Chief Executive, Environment Agency

Cllr Derek Antrobus

Cllr Derek Antrobus

Assistant Mayor for Planning, Salford City Council

Lord Deben

Lord Deben

Chairman, Committee on Climate Change

Past Conference Presentations