3 July 2018
UK – PBA Senior Associate, Naomi Ashcroft, has been appointed to the Supervising Engineers Panel for reservoirs in England, Wales and Scotland.
Commenting on her appointment, Naomi, one of the few women on the Panel, said:
“I’m delighted to have been appointed. I have great respect for the dedication, experience and professionalism of my colleagues who already sit on the Panel and to be counted among them is a great honour. I look forward to the opportunities that being on the panel will bring.”
The appointment, which runs for five years, was approved on advice from the Reservoirs Committee (RC) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
The ICE RC is a statutory committee that advises the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the operation of the Reservoirs Act 1975. The act, first introduced in 1930 as a public safety measure, permits the regulation of large raised reservoirs in the UK. It means that owners or operators of reservoirs, falling under the act, must employ a supervising engineer to ensure that there is professional supervision of the reservoir at all times. The supervising engineer is required to advise on any behaviour of the reservoir that may affect safety.
All monitoring and inspection is carried out by panels of qualified civil engineers who make the technical decisions relating to the safety of reservoirs. Applicants are appointed to membership of these panels if they can demonstrate the appropriate knowledge and experience.
PBA Partner, Paul Jenkin, commented:
“Naomi is a true professional and a valued member of the PBA team. This is a significant achievement and we’re all pleased that she has been successful in her application. Becoming a member of this elite group of Engineers marks you out as an expert in your field and no-one is more deserving of this than Naomi.”