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.

Robert Munroe

As Programme Manager, Rob is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day delivery of iCASP, including managing the iCASP staff and the relationships between all of the organisations involved. Rob will be using his project development and management experience, and his technical background in climate change adaptation and environmental policies in multiple countries, from his time at United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and BirdLife International, to help deliver success for iCASP. Rob’s challenges will include staying on top of the partner’s needs and the research that is available to address these, as well as identifying opportunities for the future development of iCASP, whilst still finding time to do his fell running across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria!

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. 


Susan Ballard

With a former career as a BBC broadcaster and experience as a web-designer, consultant and science communication trainer, Susan comes to her role as iCASP Communications Officer with a passion for presenting relevant and useful research in an engaging way. Susan is involved in developing the iCASP website, organising and facilitating our events and publicising our outputs to target audiences. One of her key challenges over the next five years is to support the development of a network of expertise on integrated catchment management approaches that will be available to share insights and experience with other regions when iCASP is over. She also intends to walk the Dales Way.

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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