Dr Jenny Mant joins the WTT as a Trustee
Posted on July 27, 2016
Jenny joined the WTT as Trustee in June 2016, and is already well known to the Trust as a judge of the WTT Conservation Awards where she has used her wide knowledge of all elements of river management to assess some really fantastic initiatives over the last 6 years.
In January 2016, Jenny joined Ricardo-AEA as a principal consultant in their water sector team. Projects in her first six months have included directing projects related to the integrated water cycle management for a water company, monitoring recommendations for river restoration (to keep her hand in), assessments of fresh water pearl mussel streams in Wales and supporting water company drought plan assessments.
Prior to January 2016, Jenny was head of the technical team at the River Restoration Centre for 14 years where she carried out numerous river restoration advisory visits and stakeholder workshops both in the UK and Europe. She also supported the board of directors to deliver the company’s strategic operational plan and managed the technical team and budgets. Whilst there she managed the development of the updated River Restoration Manual and the practical appraisal monitoring guidance (PRAGMO) which was translated into Japanese and provided Jenny the opportunity to demonstrate its use there – and to visit a range of fascinating river restoration projects.
Prior to joining the River Restoration Centre, her friends teased her that she was a perpetual student, having completed a degree in Geography at Portsmouth and then stayed a few more years to complete a PhD looking at sediment and vegetation in dryland rivers in Spain.
Jenny’s technical knowledge spans fluvial geomorphology and its impact on/relationship with all aquatic habitats, natural flood management, stakeholder engagement, project monitoring and wider catchment management. She also has many years of business experience and for 3 years was chair of her village’s Millennium Green which provided her with a strong insight into the roles and responsibilities of a Trustee.
In her ‘spare’ time Jenny enjoys walking, cycling, traveling, tennis and seems to always end up being involved with projects within her local community. She is never averse to spending time along a river and is happy to get stuck in with the practical side of restoration. Ultimately anything outdoors and she is happiest.
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