Flood Re reveals Local Hero!

Congratulations to Geraldine Brown from Yalding who has been announced as our Local Hero

Following our search to recognise individuals or community groups who have shown leadership and resilience around their flood relief efforts, our winner has been announced.

Geraldine Brown from Yalding in Kent has committed almost 20 years of working consistently alongside the Environmental Agency to reduce the impact of flooding and as our Flood Re Local Hero will be rewarded with £10,000 to support her ongoing community work.

When a major flood hit on Christmas Eve in 2013 and electricity supply was depleted, Geraldine worked with the Parish Council knocking on doors around the community to advise residents and offer support. She was also out working on Christmas Day with the local sea-scouts to rescue residents from their flooded homes.

Her commitment has seen her develop the Yalding Emergency Plan, set up an emergency contact centre for flood victims and taking it upon herself to keep the 600 residents of Yalding up to date during times of flooding.

Geraldine has raised national awareness, secured funding for future flood management with her local MP and recruited, trained and equipped flood wardens to help in emergencies. She has also lobbied all areas of her community, from local businesses and schools to insurance consultants to raise resilience against the dangers of flooding.

Congratulations to Geraldine!

Well done to all of our deserving runners up:

  • Shipston Area Flood Group (Warwickshire)
  • Southwell Flood Forum (Nottinghamshire)
  • Steve Ackrill (Berkshire)
  • Bob Haddon (Shropshire)
  • Lynne Jones (Cumbria)

Check out our blog section to find out more about our Local Heroes 

 

Local Heroes award ceremony photos

The Judges

Alastair Ross ABI, Assistant Director, Head of Public Policy (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Alastair is a member of the Public Affairs team responsible for the ABI’s engagement with the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly, and their respective administrations. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Flood Resilient Homes advisory group and also works closely with governments and environment agencies in Wales and Northern Ireland. Alastair joined the ABI in March 2016 from Pinsent Masons LLP where he was Director of Public Policy for the law firm, advising clients on public affairs issues at Holyrood and Westminster. Prior to that Alastair was a Government Relations Executive at HBOS and also worked in PR and newspapers. He has a degree in History and Politics from the University of Aberdeen, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and an alumnus of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Programme.

Andy Bord Flood Re, Chief Executive Officer

Andy Bord is the Chief Executive Officer of Flood Re. He is an experienced business leader with insurance and telecommunications expertise. Having previously worked for Capita, Staysure, BGL Group and Vodafone UK, Mr Bord brings a significant amount of experience in high-profile, consumer facing businesses to the role.

Mary Dhonau OBE Chair of The Flood Protection Group Property Care Association and Chief Executive of the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign

Having suffered the appalling consequences of being flooded myself of many occasions, Mary has made it her mission in life to raise awareness of flood risk. She is well known as a passionate flood resilience campaigner.

James Reader Covea Insurance, Chief Executive

James was appointed Chief Executive in October 2012 and is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the business.

Prior to the formation of Covéa Insurance, James was Managing Director of Provident Insurance. Having joined Provident in October 2003 as Head of Finance, James was appointed Finance Director in January 2007, before being appointed Managing Director in October 2008 and leading the company through its acquisition by Covéa in 2011.

James has a degree in Engineering from Lancaster University and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Provident Insurance, he was with Ernst & Young for 11 years.

Jennie Ludford NFU Mutual, PR and CSR Manager

Jennie Ludford from NFU Mutual is the PR and CSR Manager for the business. Her experience spans 10 years as a national and regional broadcast journalist, having worked for ITN, Classis FM and Heart. She also has a multitude of experience in PR and Comms – having worked agency side and now in-house for NFU Mutual.

Heather Shepherd MBE National Flood Forum / Flood Recovery and Community Support Specialist

Heather has been working in flood risk for 18 years focusing on ensuring the human impact of flooding, its problems, and the long recovery process is recognised and addressed. She advises and supports training to flood risk management organisations and NGO’s, and runs National Flood Forum’s response to flood events. She strategically informs of collective community issues and works to progress change, as well as bringing grassroot communities together to create working partnerships with FRM and generate resilience.

Like so many others across the country, Heather’s life was devastated when she suffered flooding. She gave evidence to the Government’s EFRA committee on the winter floods of 2015-16 enquiry, is a member of the Severn & Wye RFCC and received an MBE for her services to flooded communities.

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