Meet the Team

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Jane Froggatt (Chief Executive):

The Chief Executive fulfils the accountable officer role for each of the IDBs which operate collectively in a voluntary partnership agreement as ‘Witham and Humber Drainage Boards’, the Boards benefiting from the economics of scale of shared support (management, engineering, operations, finance, ratings, environmental, HR, administrative, consents and enforcement services), whilst each maintaining the knowledge and expertise of the Board on local land and water levels management.

The role provides the managerial leadership for the four IDBs and in the implementation of each Board’s agreed plans, policies and procedures through an appropriate governance framework for smaller public bodies.

Jane has 35+ years’ experience of management in public sector bodies. After graduating in 1983 and on joining the NHS, she undertook a Diploma in Health Services Management, later completing a master’s degree in social policy and Public Administration at Nottingham University. Jane has worked in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Southampton, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. She joined the IDBs as Chief Executive in December 2011.

jane.froggatt@witham3idb.gov.uk

Martin Shilling (Director of Operations and Engineering Services):

Martin is responsible for all the operational and engineering activities undertaken by the Boards. He plans the Boards’ summer and winter maintenance programmes to ensure the Boards’ maintained channels are kept clear of obstructions and is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Boards’ pumping stations and plant. Martin liaises and co-operates with riparian owners, local authorities and other organisations to ensure an appropriate response to heavy rainfall and high flow events.

Martin has over 38 years’ experience working within the land drainage industry in both operational and management roles. Before joining the Boards in June 2009, he had previously worked for the Middle Level Commissioners, North Norfolk District Council, the National Rivers Authority and the Environment Agency.

After studying at Peterborough Regional College, Martin was appointed an Incorporated Engineer and has been a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 1996.

martin.shilling@witham3idb.gov.uk

Ian Coupland (Operations Manager):

On a day to day basis Ian’s main duties include organising the works that the Operatives undertake, liaising with farmers, and identifying problems throughout the district. He also carries out inspections on pumping stations, plant and equipment. Ian also supports Upper Witham and Witham Third District Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.

Ian worked for three years at Witham Fourth District IDB as a ‘Low-loader driver and plant mechanic’. He joined the Board in January 2008, undertaking the role of ‘Works Supervisor’.

ian.coupland@witham3idb.gov.uk

Jayne Flower (Executive Assistant):

Jayne is Assistant to the Chief Executive and the Director of Operations and Engineering Services.  She also provides support to the senior management team. Jayne has over 20 years experience of administration and joined the Boards in April 2017.

jayney.flower@witham3idb.gov.uk

Abi Gilbert (Technical and Operations Assistant):

Abi joined the Engineering team in early 2018 as Trainee Technical and Operations Assistant. Abi is responsible to the Engineering Officer and Operations Manager and is involved with the planning process, data processing and the Lincoln Water Transfer Scheme on Upper Witham IDB whilst also being able to exercise her Technical Drawing Skills within a computer based software to aid on various projects. She is also able to spend time out of the office with the Engineering Technician conducting Topographical Surveys and works within Witham 3rd IDB’s Depot with the Operations Manager, giving her an overall view of how the Board’s work.

She is currently studying for her HNC in Civil Engineering and will have completed it in May 2020.

Abigail.gilbert@witham3idb.gov.uk

Guy Hird (Engineering Services Officer):

Guy is responsible to the Director of Operations and Engineering Services, and is involved with all aspects of the Board’s work. He is responsible for monitoring development within the Board’s district and extended catchment through the planning process of the Councils that are within the catchment. He liaises and co-operates with riparian owners, local authorities and other organisations to ensure an appropriate response to heavy rainfall and high flow events. Other duties involve undertaking work on internal and external schemes and managing the Boards’ Telemetry systems.

Guy has over twenty years’ experience working for Upper Witham Internal Drainage Board, and now provides the same role for all 4 Boards. Previous to this he worked for Lincolnshire County Council Highways and at a structural timberwork company. He has an HNC in Civil Engineering.

guy.hird@witham3idb.gov.uk

Roger Maidens (Land Drainage Operative):

Roger during the summer months operates one of the Board’s tractor and rear mounted flail combinations to cut the grass on the drain sides. During the winter months, he assists with the maintenance and operation of the pumping stations. Roger also constructs, erects and maintains the Board’s programme of owl boxes.

Pete Maplethorpe (Land Drainage Operative):

Pete is one of the Board’s excavator drivers, who during the summer months undertakes the weed cutting programme and during the winter months, the de-silting programme of the Board’s drains.

Richard Marshall (Working Foreman):

Richard organises the day to day activities undertaken by the Board’s workforce. He is also one of the Board’s excavator drivers, who during the summer months undertakes the weed cutting programme and during the winter months, the de-silting programme of the Board’s drains.

richard.marshall@witham3idb.gov.uk

Kevin Rossington (Pump Maintenance Operative):

During the summer months Kevin operates one of the Board’s tractor and rear mounted flail combinations to cut the grass on the drain sides. Throughout the year he is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the pumping stations.

kevin.rossington@witham3idb.gov.uk

Lorraine Sayce (Finance and Rating Officer):

Lorraine is responsible for the day to day working of the finance and rating system. The role includes making payments to suppliers, bank and petty cash reconciliation, issuing drainage rate demands and answering rating queries. She also supports Witham Third District Internal Drainage Board, North East Lindsey and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.

Prior to working for the Board, Lorraine worked for a construction company as a ‘finance assistant’. She also has a B-Tech in construction.

lorraine.sayce@witham3idb.gov.uk

Fiona Scott (Environment and GIS Technician):

Fiona is responsible for leading all environmental projects and schemes, along with managing, maintaining and developing the GIS mapping system. She also conducts habitat surveys and reports and ensures that the four Boards are achieving their corporate responsibility to conserve and enhance the environment, as well as liaising with partner organisations (e.g. Environment Agency, Rivers Trust, Wildlife Trust, councils and other IDBs) to achieve greater environmental benefits.

Fiona has previous experience with ecological consultancies, national park authorities and nature conservation charities. She has a Geography degree and graduated from University with a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Conservation.

Fiona.scott@witham3idb.gov.uk

Dave Tempest (Land Drainage Operative):

Dave is one of the Board’s excavator drivers, who during the summer months undertakes the weed cutting programme, and during the winter months, the de-silting programme of the Board’s drains.

 Anna Wilson (Finance and Rating Officer):

Anna is the Finance and Rating Officer for Witham First District Internal Drainage Board. She is mainly responsible for drainage rates for the Board, along with the corresponding payrolls and finance ledgers. She is AAT qualified and has a BA (Hons) in Economics. Anna also supports Witham Third District, North East Lindsey and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.

anna.wilson@witham3idb.gov.uk

Garry Winterton (Enforcements Officer):

Garry is the dedicated Consents and Enforcements officer for the Boards, whose primary role is to manage Consents and Enforcement under the Land Drainage Act 1991. This role includes helping to reduce the risk from flooding within the district, and ensuring that consents are administered in accordance with the legislation. Much of his work involves ensuring that customers are aware of their riparian responsibilities. This includes ensuring that the maintenance and improvement of watercourses, along with related infrastructure such culverts and embankments is sufficient within the drainage districts.  Wherever possible this is achieved by working with our customers to achieve a satisfactory solution.

Garry has nearly 50 years’ experience in the construction industry in both public and private sectors. During his professional career he obtained a Diploma in Construction at Lincoln College, followed by an honours degree at Leeds University.  He obtained professional Membership with Association of Architects & Surveyors together with Membership of the Association of Building Engineers.

garry.winterton@witham3idb.gov.uk

Richard Wright (Engineering Services Technician):

Richard joined the Boards in April 2017. Richard has vast experience in Quantity Surveying, Hydrographic Surveying, Software development and Site Engineering with an extensive background working in engineering.  He manages the Groups small scale maintenance and improvement projects, assesses planning and consent applications, responds to enquiries from Local Planning Authorities and undertakes site surveys, preparation of design and drawings in relation to small projects.

Richard.wright@witham3idb.gov.uk

Judy Yoxall (Clerical & Payroll Officer):

Judy spends one day each week extracting the information from timesheets to input into the payroll. She also provides job-costing reports. Judy supports all 4 Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.

judy.yoxall@witham3idb.gov.uk