Debate Session

Topic: Contemporary Stormwater Management Fails to Provide Adequate Value, and Our Decision Makers Know It

Affirmative Team:

Andrew Reese – Vice-President, Wood Group

Andy Reese is Vice President and Principal Consultant with The Wood Group and is located in Nashville, Tennessee.  His principal focus for the last 40 years has been the development of comprehensive stormwater management programs in the local and regional setting. Prior to that he was a research scientist with the US Army corps of Engineers specialising in river engineering and hydraulic design. Over this time period Mr Reese has worked in all 50 states within the United States, a number of Federal and State agencies, and several other countries. He has assisted over one-hundred cities and multi-entity organisations in establishing effective and comprehensive stormwater programs, developing sustainable funding, implementing Green Infrastructure programs, writing technical design manuals, protecting and stabilising urban river systems, developing legislation and local ordinances, facilitating citizen and stakeholder groups, and solving technical and institutional problems.

Additionally, Mr Reese is the co-author of the best-selling textbook ‘Municipal Stormwater Management’,taught as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University, has written over one-hundred articles and technical papers, and is a popular speaker and webinar teacher having given the first keynote addresses at both STORMCON and WEF Stormwater Congress as well as a number of regional and state addresses.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and had degrees in Hydraulic Engineering and Business from Colorado State University and Boston University respectively. He is a registered professional engineer and LEED certified professional.

Ben Penhallurick – Environmental Scientist, Renew Solutions

Ben is an environmental scientist from Renew Solutions, a specialist stormwater asset management consultancy based on the Gold Coast. He, alongside his colleagues, is keenly advancing new management techniques and technologies that will assist in getting the most out our stormwater quality assets, including their important environmental benefits.

Emma James – Sydney Water

Negative Team:

Lindsey Brown – Managing Director, Foundry

Lindsey Brown works at the interface of water and people. She is an Engagement Strategist specialising in integrated water management and water infrastructure and is a champion for better outcomes through collaboration.

Lindsey has experience from three continents brokering relationships between technical professionals, government and community. Lindsey is the founder and Managing Director of Foundry, a boutique consultancy to the water industry whose mission is to fundamentally improve the way we live by bridging the gap between technical solutions and society. Lindsey pioneered The Foundry Way, combining strategy, empathy, and design to create an approach to engagement that is not only strategic and human, but relevant to the industry and genuinely informs technical solutions.  Her work includes strategic policy development around integrated water management and water sensitive cities, as well as collaborative approaches to solution building, stakeholder engagement and industry advocacy.

Lindsey has a Bachelors of Public Affairs and Policy Management (Highest Honours), and a Masters of Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management, specialising in water regulation. She is currently Victorian President of the Australian Water Association (AWA). She is a sought-after presenter and has been a keynote speaker at industry forums in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Jeremy Cheesman – Director, Marsden Jacob Associates

Jeremy is an experienced economist and company Director specialising in natural resources, water and the environment. He works with the private, public and not for profit sectors to deliver clear economic and policy insights into complex issues that help people make more informed decisions and achieve best outcomes.

Madeleine Greenlee – Senior Engineer, Bligh Tanner