Richard has over twelve years of water industry experience in private and public sector organisations and has Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Applied Science and Engineering respectively. He has broad experience in the areas of water resources management, dam safety, operational flood hydrology and emergency risk management. Most recently he spent seven years overseeing Southern Rural Water’s emergency planning unit including dam safety emergency and dam flood operations planning. He has practical experience in dam safety risk assessment, the operation, maintenance and inspection of large dams and weirs and has been lead author or reviewer of over 35 dam safety emergency plans for a number of dam owners. Richard is also skilled in the design, implementation and use of flood early warning systems for dams, including their application in estimating reductions in potential life loss from dam failure and natural flood events. In addition, Richard has been technical advisor for numerous dam flood emergencies and is well practised in incident management having fulfilled most AIIMS functional roles including that of Incident Commander. He has successfully designed, implemented, maintained and test-exercised all-hazards emergency risk and business continuity management frameworks and plans and was a representative on the Victorian Water Sector Resilience Network and Victorian Flood Warning Consultative Committee. Richard has also guest lectured to postgraduate civil engineering students at Monash University on the topic of operational flood hydrology.
Richard also brings a strong background in water resources management with skills in water resource hydrology, water storage and irrigation system operations and hydrometric monitoring network design and implementation.