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Programme Team

Joseph Holden

Joe is the iCASP Director and also Director of water@leeds, one of the world’s largest interdisciplinary water research centres. Joseph has been in Leeds since 2000 following degrees in Cambridge and Durham. He was at one time the UK’s youngest Professor. His main expertise lies in catchment management and its impacts on soil and water processes, river flow and water quality. He has worked on peatlands, carbon cycling, flooding, sustainable agriculture, urban infrastructure impacts upon archaeology and has even studied UK tornadoes with results that featured on the BBC TV programme QI.

David Hodgson

Dave is Deputy Director of iCASP and Director of Research Impact in the School of Earth and Environment. He moved to Leeds from the University of Liverpool in 2012, and was appointed Professor of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy in 2015. His research aims to improve understanding of the links between drainage basin evolution and the depositional archives in sedimentary basins. He has supervised 45 PhD students in the Stratigraphy Group (@stratleeds), and continues to lead field-based research in South Africa and Argentina. Dave enjoys the challenges of co-developing research programmes and disseminating research results to partners.

Duncan Fyfe

Duncan joined iCASP in 2019 as Programme Manager and is responsible for the day to day management of iCASP including the office staff. Duncan will be drawing on his years of experience working at the Environment Agency as a regulator, planner and project manager; most recently being at the forefront of the Catchment Based Approach and setting up five of Yorkshire’s Catchment Partnerships. He also has experience as a Local Authority Flood and Coastal Defence Engineer and has worked on environmental education and conservation which will be useful skills in helping iCASP meet the needs of partners.

Finn Barlow-Duncan

Finn joins the iCASP team as the Impact Officer for the programme, where he will use his past experience working for Natural England, as a Catchment Sensitive Farming partnership project manager, to great effect. He is responsible for identifying opportunities within the region where iCASP can have a positive and lasting impact. This is achieved through having a strong understanding of the current research base and partners priorities. Using this understanding he will broker relationships between scientist, undertaking catchment management research, and organisations that could benefit from this research. Finn will also help to develop co-designed projects, ensuring they run smoothly and achieve their desired results.

Marie Ferré

Marie is iCASP’s Impact Evaluator responsible for assessing the various socio-economic impacts of iCASP projects and the programme as a whole. She is concerned to ensure that projects have adequate resourcing to support their development. With an interdisciplinary background in agriculture and environmental economics, Marie completed her doctorate at the ETH-Zurich. She has used methods from experimental and behavioural economics to study how policy-makers might be able to use a financial incentive scheme to influence management practices on drained peatlands in Switzerland for soil preservation. 

Poppy Leeder

Poppy joined iCASP in 2019 after working in communications and public engagement for the Natural Environment Research Council and more recently the Economic and Social Research Council. Having also worked for a Member of the European Parliament, she is very keen to see iCASP outcomes contribute to evidence-based policy from local through to international levels. Poppy will be working to communicate about the individual iCASP projects as well as the wider programme to key audiences, and to grow awareness more generally of catchment management and the needs of different stakeholders.

Melanie Stonard

Mel is an environmental professional who has worked as an environmental consultant and project manager, primarily working on multi-disciplinary projects and co-ordinating Environmental Impact Assessments of proposed flood risk management schemes. She joined iCASP in 2018, taking on the role of Administrator. This involves providing support to the Programme Manager and the rest of the iCASP team, including maintaining records and contact information; organising meetings & events; dealing with enquiries; helping to set up projects and supporting procurement and expense processing.


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