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 Kirsty MacRae             Paul Hendy             Paul Laidlaw            Board of Trustees


The Scottish Flood Forum has recently undertaken a review of our roles and responsibilities to make sure we are in the best position to continue to deliver our expert and effective support to both communities at risk of flooding and recently flooded communities; and to have a strong team, able to support each other in delivering our commitments and in developing a broader funding base.

Paul Hendy led the forum from its inception as a project in 2008 and saw it through its development to become an independent Scottish charity in April2013. He has second-to-none expertise in supporting individuals and communities recover from flooding and in making sure a community that has been flooded is helped to become more resilient to future floods. Until recently he led the charity’s operations across both recovery and resilience building – a huge remit for one individual.

The new structure divides the recovery and resilience roles, with Paul Hendy being released to focus on developing and delivering our recovery services for communities, in partnership with Local Authorities and others. He will also have a strong role in training new Scottish Flood Forum staff and in developing and delivering training to others, ensuring his expertise is used to build the capacity of the SFF and of the sector more widely. To reflect this change, his job title will become Community Support and Recovery Manager

A newly created role of Community Resilience Manager, recently filled by Paul Laidlaw will focus on resilience building – supporting and developing existing community groups and working with Local Authorities and other partners to identify opportunities to support communities, and create groups, in high flood risk areas. He will also be involved in supporting awareness raising activities and in training.

These two colleagues will be supported by Kirsty MacRae, Director and by the commitment and expertise of a Philip Wright, Board of Trustees.

Kirsty-WebKirsty MacRae Director

As Director of the Scottish Flood Forum I am responsible for ensuring that we deliver what we have promised to do, both in our business plan and to our funders, and that our work is in line with our organisation’s vision and charitable objectives.  I am responsible for ensuring clear communications across our team and with other organisations such as SEPA, Scottish Government and local authorities; and for developing the organisation by making sure we have the right staff in place and a sustainable funding base.

I have worked on flood risk management in Scotland for many years in my previous role as Programme Manager in Sniffer and prior to that spent 9 years working for a water company in Kent in a number of roles including Head of Environmental Regulation and Hydrogeologist. Much of my previous role included liaising with SEPA and Local Authorities and developing partnership projects through stakeholder engagement and events.


Paul Hendy – Community Support and Recovery Paul Hendy SFFWeb copy

As the Community Support and Recovery Manager for the Scottish Flood Forum, I am responsible for the day-to-day development and running of flood recovery operations throughout Scotland. This involves a wide range of partnerships with local authorities, the voluntary sector, and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to develop recovery support following flooding in communities, and from this, working to minimise the effects of future flooding to property and communities. I also develop and deliver training for SFF staff and externally on a wide variety of subjects including business continuity.

I have been heavily involved for a number of years with many communities throughout the UK who have experienced the trauma of flooding. This followed 20 years as an ordained Salvation Army Officer. My background in flooding, recovery and community engagement includes:

  • In 2005 I directed the Carlisle flood recovery programme known as Communities ReUnited, effectively a community partnership between local churches, the voluntary sector and Carlisle City Council. This programme met the ongoing practical and emotional needs of flood victims following the Carlisle floods and conducted valuable research into the effects of flood trauma on flood victims.
  • Following extensive flooding in Yorkshire and Humberside in 2007, and Morpeth 2008 I worked directly with the Environment Agency, local authorities, the voluntary sector and communities where I adapted key parts from the ‘Communities ReUnited’ programme as a model for flood recovery. My work also involved mediation and resolution of many insurance claim difficulties and property restoration problems for flood victims.

Paul LaidlawPaul Laidlaw – Community Resilience

I have over ten years’ experience applying a range of participation and community development expertise that has stimulated grassroots growth in communities across Scotland. I have a detailed understanding of participation, partnership working and promoting collaborative relationships between community organisations and government at all levels.

My background is in housing policy, practice, project management and research supporting communities to influence decisions at all levels.  I have a wealth of skills and experience working with communities and statutory agencies building partnership activities into successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

I am looking forward to the new challenge of bringing his experience and expertise to the Scottish Flood Forum in order to support and develop existing Community Flood Resilience Groups, work with partners to support communities at risk of flooding and raise awareness and understanding of flood risk across Scotland.


Philip Wright – Scottish Flood Forum – ChairPhilip W

Now retired, Philip was Deputy Director, Climate Change and Greener Scotland Division in the Scottish Government until April 2010, responsible for climate change policy, including support to Ministers in taking  the Climate Change Bill (Scotland) successfully through the Scottish Parliament and the subsequent implementation of the duty on Scottish Ministers to reduce carbon emissions by 80%, and to making Scotland more resilient to the impacts of climate change through the implementation of the Government’s Adaptation Framework.

As a member of the UK delegation to UN Climate Change Conferences for over ten years he gained a depth of knowledge and experience of international climate change negotiations.  In his previous post, Philip was responsible for flood risk management policy, during which time he promoted the move from a reactive approach to flooding to a more proactive, risk-based approach, including the production of the country’s first flood risk maps.  In addition to his role as Chairman of the Scottish Flood Forum, Philip is a trustee of the National Flood Forum and Vice-Chairman of the charity Changeworks.  Until October 2012, he was Chairman of Sniffer.