About Innes Thomson
Innes trained as a civil engineer and has spent the majority of his career
working with water across the various sectors of the Industry. He is a
Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and took up his most recent
post of Chief Executive with the Association of Drainage Authorities in
April 2015. Prior to that, he was an Area Flood & Coastal Risk Manager
at the Environment Agency in both Nottingham and York. He has also
spent a significant proportion of his career working outside the UK,
notably in France, the Middle East, Far East and the Indian subcontinent
during the 1990’s.
Brexit comes with risks but also opportunities. With a focus on our wider environment, and a replacement for the UK’s Common Agricultural Policy being planned, catchment management is the key to creating better, more integrated solutions not only for flood risk, but also for our management of water as a valuable resource. Surface water management remains an “Achilles Heel” and now is the time to take improved action across the well-established local partnership working arrangements.