Richard Ashley, Emeritus Professor of Urban Water, University of Sheffield, Director, EcoFutures Ltd

Richard is a Professional Chartered Civil and Environmental Engineer and former MD of the Pennine Water Group (PWG) at the University of Sheffield. Director of EcoFutures Ltd.; researcher in flood resilience at IHE in Delft, Netherlands; Adjunct Professor at Lulea Technical University, Sweden. Recipient of the IWA/IAHR Joint Committee on Urban Drainage 2014 triennial Career Achievement Award and 2008 IWA award for research into sustainable water systems.

Richard has worked in practice and has a research career spanning more than 50 years in the design and science of urban drainage systems. In the last 20 years he has worked extensively in cross-disciplinary activities in SuDS, playing a key role for the Welsh Government in implementation of Schedule 3, and as a co-creator of CIRIA’s benefit valuation tool B£ST. He also was part of the IHE team bringing flood resilience into WSUD in Australia.

In 2018, Richard led a review of the future needs for water and wastewater infrastructure in EU member states for OECD and DG Environment, and is participating in several EU projects on blue-green infrastructure and asset management.

He has some 600 publications, with many significant research findings mainly for urban drainage and flooding.