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Committee Members

The British Dam Society is an Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  It consists of individual and corporate members.  Membership is open to anyone wanting to share experience or knowledge of any aspect of dams and reservoirs.

The contact details for any media enquiries to the BDS is (This email is monitored and a response to your enquiry will be made as soon as possible by one of our team).

The Committee comprises five Strategic Objective Working Groups (SOWGs), each with a remit to further one of the objectives of the BDS Strategy.

BDS also has a Young Professionals Group (BDS-YP) specifically catering for the needs and aspirations of the members of BDS under the age of 35.

BDS Executive Committee

BDS Chair

Rachel Davies

BDS Vice Chair

Darren Shaw

Technical Secretary

Andrew Thompson

YP Chair

Rachael Lavery

Former Chair

David Littlemore

Former YP Chair

Kyle McLean

Membership SOWG

To increase and diversify membership of the BDS, Supervising Engineer & All Reservoirs Panels


Professional Institution and Corporate Member Liaison Stephen Lockett
Reservoir Committee Link/ICOLD Technical Committees Anthea Peters
YP Membership and Mentoring Rachel Dawes
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Champion Amy Carter

Communications SOWG

To improve links and communications with members, external organisations, institutions and the public


Newsletter Coordinator Rob King
Social Media Coordinator Niall Allen
Knowledge Database Coordinator Roger Lewis
Website Manager Rhys Coombs
Dams and Reservoirs/Yearbook Editor Andrew Pepper

Events SOWG

To improve knowledge dissemination and communications to our membership


Evening Meetings Coordinator Matt Coombs
Technical Site Visits and Regional Hubs Coordinator Stephen Cavanagh
SE Forum Coordinator John Foster
Competitions Coordinator Gerallt Richards
YP Events Coordinator Henry Foster-Roberts

Schools and Universities SOWG

To enthuse the next generation of dam professionals


Schools and Universities Lead

Chris Smith

Schools Liaison

Paul Marsden

University Liaison

Drummond Modley

YP Steering Group

YP Chair

Rachael Lavery

YP Social Media Champion

Niall Allen

YP Events Champion

Henry Foster-Roberts

YP Mentoring

Rachel Dawes

ICE BDS secretary:

Secretary - British Dam Society,
The Institution of Civil Engineers,
One Great George Street,
London, Westminster.
t +44 (0)20 7665 2244