Water: industry and watercourses (Terrain Talks Series II – 004)

6:30pm Thursday September 7th 2023 at 

Jubliee Hall in Chagford, Newton Abbott, Devon TQ13 8DP


The first lecture in the RESOURCE series – is based on the theme of water. In particular, the detrimental impact of historic industry and development on water courses and coastal areas. The speakers are: Jamie Roberts from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust and Matthew Vaughn-Shaw, a Maritime Engineer from Buro Happold. They discuss how restoration projects and new developments can minimise or reverse this impact.

Jamie Roberts

‘Water is the life force of everything we do here at Kilnsey – from rearing fish to recreational angling – so it makes complete sense to be strongly engaged in looking after our local rivers and watercourses.’

Jamie Roberts has 25 years of experience in conservation and land management. For the past 6-years, he has been Chair of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, during which time the Trust has increased in size and trebled its turnover. Jamie will be talking about some of the challenges and opportunities faced by the UK’s rivers, with a specific focus on his plans to create a new wetland alongside the River Wharfe and the Tees-Swale project, which is seeking to tackle diffuse pollution caused by historic mining activity in the North Pennines. He continues working at his family estate at the Kilnsey Park Estate in the Yorkshire Dales.


Matthew Vaughan-Shaw

‘Anyone involved in coastal engineering will recognise the difficult and delicate balance between technical performance and environmental impact’

Matthew Vaughan-Shaw joined Buro Happold’s Bath office in 2004. As a Chartered Engineer with a specialism in coastal and maritime engineering, he manages multidisciplinary projects. He has provided a comprehensive range of coastal engineering services for major international projects such as the Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. His specialism is combined with broad experience across a range of water management programs, including; river engineering, flood risk assessments, stormwater, sanitary drainage, water supply and distribution.

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Tom Turner