Major UK flood campaigner to share exclusive insights with SMEs

05th Nov

Mary Dhonau, the acclaimed ‘Mary Queen of Floods’, will be joining the FIC’s property flood resilience market (PFR) workshop programme to share positive stories from entrepreneurs and homeowners who have successfully overcome flooding incidents, thanks to the implementation of PFR measures.
Mary – whose former home in Worcester has been flooded on many occasions – has won broad respect for her work in championing property flood resilience, and is a prominent advocate for communities and flood risk managers to work together to mitigate disruption caused by flooding.
She said: “It is a pleasure to be joining the fantastic Flood Innovation Centre to discuss the vital role property flood resilience measures play in reducing the impact being flooded can heave. Having been flooded on many occasions in the past, I  know all too well just how appalling being flooded can be, so being able to support businesses to make a real difference in reducing the risk to local communities is a real passion of mine.”
With extensive experience in supporting flood victims during their recovery from flooding incidents, Mary has represented the ‘voice of the flood victim’ at government level and regularly appears on national TV and radio, as well as presenting at various conferences around the UK and the world to promote property flood resilience.
She manages the Know Your Flood Risk campaign and runs her own flood consultancy, MD Associates, frequently collaborating with the University of the West of England to carry out research into the flooding resilient repair process. In 2009, she was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Pip Betts, project manager at the FIC, said: “We are thrilled to have Mary joining us for our workshop programme. As a nationally renowned campaigner for PFR, Mary brings a wealth of experience and expertise in issues relating to flood resilience. Mary will really help us to highlight how critical it is for homes and businesses to consider their own PFR, and in turn, how local construction businesses and flood resilience solutions providers have a critical role to play in building this awareness.”
The FIC’s property flood resilience workshop series runs every Tuesday from November 17 to December 8 between 9am-noon. To book your spot on the programme, register your interest here: floodinnovation.co.uk/register
Businesses are advised to book early as there are limited places available. You must ensure you are able to attend all four workshops before signing up.

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