Andrew Tagg is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 35 years’ experience with HR Wallingford and Thames Water. He has worked on most aspects of the water environment, including catchment water resources, flooding, water quality and river restoration. Andy was responsible for establishing HR Wallingford’s training courses on Hydrology and Flood Risk Management in 1987. Since his return to HR Wallingford in 2003 he has covered lectures on the Hydrology course, including rating curves, rainfall-runoff modelling, and flow measurement. On the Flood Risk Management course he covers the ‘flood risk assessment’ section, and that dealing with the ‘Future direction of FRM’. Andy is the Principal Mentor for the CIWEM structured Training Scheme at HR Wallingford, and has assisted several colleagues in obtaining chartership status over the past decade. He is currently updating the course to bring it in line with improvements in the HR Wallingford annual appraisal system and staff mentoring programme.
Andy has undertaken many overseas assignments, including training in hydrometric techniques and water quality modelling. He represented the European Water Industry on the Heavily Modified Water body working group for the Water Framework Directive, and continues his involvement in the science-policy aspects of the directive. He has been involved in several EC-funded projects during his career, including being the project manager of the FLOODsite project (the largest European project yet funded on flooding) and the Project Manager for HR Wallingford on the SMURF project, which considered sustainable development within degraded urban areas. He has acted as an expert witness, and from 2008 until 2015 was the manager of the Floods Group, responsible for over 20 professionals involved in all aspects of flood risk. He is currently a Technical Director within the Floods Group at HR Wallingford. He has given a large number of presentations at international conferences and to professional bodies, in addition to community groups where particular local issues were being discussed. Andy is also the Chairman of BSI technical committee dealing with ‘Flood risk and watercourses’ and sits on the SE England Water Expert Panel for the ICE.
1979 – 1982 Research Assistant, University of Leeds (Dept. of Geography)
1982 – 1989 HR Wallingford Ltd.
1989 – 2002 Thames Water Utilities Ltd.
2003 – to date HR Wallingford Ltd.
- BSc (Hons) Geography
- MSc Engineering Hydrology
- Engineering Council Part 2
- Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
- Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
- Member of the British Hydrological Society
- Member of Environment Agency Theme Advisory Group (Incident Management and Modelling)
- Chairman of BSI Committee CB/501 (Flood risk and watercourses)
- Member of ICE London & SE England Water Expert Panel
Design of flood resilient buildings, including the testing of materials and construction elements against flood water, and the specification and testing of flood barriers.
Development of effective flood emergency plans and procedures.
Use of agent-based models to simulate evacuation and loss of life under a range of flood conditions.
Development of standards for the improved management of flood risk in urban developments.
Module code and title
CE1803_CN - Project Management, Health & Safety Risk Management
CE2802_CN - Hydrological Modelling, Hydraulics & Flood Estimation
CE2704_SB - River and Coastal Asset Management, Legal matters and Governance
CE2705_SB - Civil contingencies and flood resilience and local flood risk design
CE3602_CN - Flood (,drought) and coastal risk management
CE5701_SB - Flood and coastal risk, management, sustainability and governance