Eric is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University and a Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He is the last Chair of the Foundation for Water Research and comes to IES from this role. His 45-year career in environmental hydraulics began in New Zealand and he has worked extensively in both New Zealand and Australia with 18 years in Newcastle upon Tyne as an academic. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, and his work has extended from hydropower, river, and coastal projects to research on dispersion in river and coastal waters, sediment transport and river and coastal morpho-dynamics. Before retiring, Eric was on two national committees of Engineers Australia, IAHR committees and several advisory bodies. He spent 7 years developing and applying models of mixing in Darwin Harbour, and sediment transport models of significant rivers in the Northern Territory.
He has produced several hundred papers and reports and over 30 years supervised many PhD and MSc candidates who have contributed successfully to their disciplines and their nations.
In retirement he is presently serving on the CIWEM Council, is Chair of the ICE North-East Seniors Group and is an active chair of an NHS Trust Governors working group.
He was elected to the IES Council in 2023.