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Mark Babister - Managing Director

BE(Hons), MEngSc, GradDipMgt, RPEQ
Mark Babister

Mark is a national leader in floodplain management and analysis. Mark has successfully completed numerous hydrologic, hydraulic, floodplain management, infrastructure and dam studies. Mark’s clear, concise communication style allows him to communicate with all levels of government, stakeholders and the community. Mark has undertaken many infrastructure projects where his key role is to explain the impacts of flooding to a community struggling to understand technical jargon. He has also developed solutions to infrastructure projects that benefit the community both at a regional and a household scale.

Mark is an editor of the 2016 Edition of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, giving Mark a high level of familiarity with current and the direction of future best practice both within Australia and Internationally. Mark has had key roles in the development of a number of national best practice documents. Mark has undertaken a number of expert advice roles including the Queensland floods commission of inquiry, Natural Disaster Insurance Review, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Wivenhoe Manual, and the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study – Independent Panel of Experts.

Richard Dewar - Director

BSc(Hons), MEngSc
Richard Dewar

Richard specialises in flood studies and Floodplain Management for both rural and urban catchments. Richard brings to each study an abundance of experience having completed in excess of 150 flood studies and floodplain management studies. Richard focuses on developing a workable solution that fits the flood problem and the problems councils face on a daily basis. He advises councils on industry best practice in floodplain management. Richard has published on the impacts of climate change for low lying coastal communities.

Erin Askew - Director

Erin Askew

Erin has over 14 years’ experience in the various fields of water engineering, including hydrodynamic modelling, hydrology, stormwater drainage and floodplain management having undertaken a comprehensive list of investigations of both urban and rural environments. Erin has demonstrated expertise in the application of many industry-standard software packages and in the application of GIS for presentation of results. Erin has particular experience in the assessment of rural floodplains having completed a number of rural Floodplain Management Studies, providing direction for the hydrodynamic assessment through to facilitating community consultation of floodplain management options.

Fiona Ling - Director

BEng(Hons), PhD, GradCertMgt, RPEQ
Fiona Ling

Fiona has lead hydrologic studies on a wide range of national and international projects. Fiona has worked for a wide variety of clients including all levels of government, aid agencies, water management authorities and infrastructure owners. Fiona has extensive experience in hydrologic analysis for stages of large dam projects from pre-feasibility, feasibility, design and due diligence. She has developed successful flood forecasting systems for a broad array of applications including small dams, complex hydropower systems and major cities. Fiona led water availability and river modelling components of two key Tasmanian climate change studies, Tasmanian Sustainable Yields and Climate Futures for Tasmania. She has co-authored more than 50 journal and conference papers and contributed to revisions of ANCOLD Acceptable Flood Capacity Guidelines and Australian Rainfall and Runoff. Fiona is immediate past chair and a member of Engineers Australia National Committee on Water Engineering.

Rhys Hardwick-Jones - Senior Associate

BE(Hons), MEngSc
Rhys Hardwick-Jones

Rhys has over 10 years’ experience in water engineering, with a strong background in flood studies and floodplain management. Rhys has a high level of proficiency in hydrodynamic and hydrologic modelling for both rural and urban environments.  Rhys has led numerous complex flood studies for a range of clients including local government and water managers. He has successfully found solutions to these challenging problems. Rhys contributed to the Australian Rainfall and Runoff Two dimensional modelling of urban and rural floodplains guidance. He provided substantial input assisting the independent expert to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry into the January 2011 floods.

Monique Retallick - Senior Associate

BE(Hons), Bsc
Monique Retallick

Monique has 10 years’ experience in hydrology, 2d modelling and design of major waterway openings for road projects particularly on large and coastal rivers. Monique has extensive experience in the communication of flood impacts to the community and development of situation specific mitigation measures. Monique has worked on the concept design, EIS and independent review of detailed design of numerous sections of the Pacific Highway upgrade. Monique's roles as ARR project engineer and an editor of Australian Rainfall and runoff 2016 means she is up to date with the latest best practice. Monique is an author of the Australian Rainfall and Runoff Revision Project 15, Two Dimensional Modelling of Urban and Rural Floodplains. Monique has authored 27 papers presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. Monique has published on the use of eddy viscosity in 2d models which is of particular importance for Australian floodplains. Monique is the current chair of Engineers Australia's Sydney Water Panel.

Ella Harrison - Associate

BE(Hons), GradDip, RPEQ
Ella Harrison

Ella has 14 years’ experience, specialising in floodplain management in both Australia and the UK. Ella has experience in both consulting and government giving her a unique perspective of floodplain management. Ella rejoined WMAwater in 2014, having spent seven years in the UK where she contributed to the development of Government policy and strategies relating to flooding and floodplain management. In Australia, Ella developed her expertise in the development of Floodplain Risk Management Studies and Plans for urban and rural areas. Ella is also experienced undertaking flood damage assessments and benefit/cost analysis to determine the viability of flood mitigation options to reduce flood risk.

Kim Robinson - Associate

BGeom (Hons)
Kim Robinson

Kim has worked in the consulting industry for more than 14 years. Over this time he has worked on a wide range of Australian and international projects. His hydrologic expertise includes rainfall runoff modelling and catchment yield analysis, flood forecasting system design and development, design flood hydrology including Monte Carlo and joint probability analysis, hydro power assessment and site identification, model automation and climate change impact assessment. He has been lead developer for inflow and flood forecasting models used to manage water resources for hydro and water supply scheme operation, flood response and construction project risks. Kim has been involved in large scale development of rainfall runoff models for a number of projects covering current and future climate modelling and analysis of reliability for proposed irrigation schemes.

Graeme Hurrell – Senior Consultant

Graeme Hurrell

Graeme is a past director of WMAwater and currently a senior consultant. Graeme is a valuable resource to the company sharing his knowledge in coastal and environmental engineering. Graeme is an expert in the investigation and design of maritime works (ports and facilities) both in Australia and overseas. He specialises in design of maritime infrastructure to meet a range of client needs as well as hydrodynamic and sediment dynamic processes investigations, and human use impact assessments. This includes beach and bank erosion and water quality studies.