Meet the Team
Jane Froggatt (Chief Executive):
The Chief Executive role is a joint role serving Upper Witham, Witham First District and Witham Third District Internal Drainage Boards. The three IDBs agreed from 01st April 2009 to combine administrative functions to achieve economies of scale, whilst preserving valuable local knowledge and expertise within the three Boards, each retaining its independence and separate identify as a Flood Risk Management Authority.
In summary the Role of Chief Executive is:
- Ensuring the 3 IDBs each maintain appropriate governance and reporting framework in accordance with the standards required of a Flood Risk Management Authority, a public body.
- Policy adviser to each of the 3 Boards, drawing on professional and technical advice.
- Ensuring implementation of policies, plans and procedures agreed by each of the 3 Boards.
- Management of the three Boards’ functions, employees and resources (fulfilling the role of Head of Paid Services).
- Ensuring the 3 Boards work in partnership with other Flood Risk Management Authorities, eg. Lincolnshire County Council as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) since April 2012, the Environment Agency, water companies, other IDBs, District and Parish Councils.
- Ensuring the 3 Boards deliver appropriate summer and winter maintenance programmes as agreed by the Boards and have staff with appropriate training and skills and suitable plant and equipment available to them to provide a 24/7 emergency response to flood events.
- To manage the introduction of new systems and ways of working in the 3 Boards, eg. new Finance, ratings and G.I.S. systems.
- Accountable officer to the 3 Boards, overseeing the 3 Boards’ finances (preparation of annual budgets, in-year performance reports and closure of Annual Accounts), rating and valuation procedures.
- Management of the interface between members of the 3 Boards and staff, ensuring members and officers’ conduct is in accordance with the ethics of public bodies.
- Liaison role for the Boards within the water levels management industry (eg. with Defra, Local Authorities, the NFU, Environmental bodies, MPs, the national Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA), the Agricultural Land Tribunal Service) promoting a positive image and understanding of the importance of IDBs in water levels management and their contribution to the environment.
Jane Froggatt has 30 years experience of working in management roles in public bodies. She joined the 3 IDBs in December 2011. Previously Jane worked for over 24 years in the NHS, in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Hampshire and Northants, where roles included General Manager of the New Forest Hospitals and Community services in Southampton, Chief Executive for the former Grantham and District Hospital NHS Trust and Chief Executive for the former East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust. She has worked in Local Government for 4 years as Strategic Director for East Lindsey District Council.
After graduating and joining the NHS, she undertook a 3 year Diploma in Health Services Management at Sheffield Polytechnic. Jane then undertook a Masters degree in Social Policy and Public Administration at Nottingham University.
Martin Shilling (Director of Operations and Engineering Services):
Martin is responsible for all the operational and engineering activities undertaken by the Board. He plans the Board’s summer and winter maintenance programmes to ensure the Board’s maintained channels are kept clear of obstructions and is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Board’s 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 also supports Witham Third District and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.
Martin has over 35 years experience of working within the land drainage industry in both operational and management roles. Before joining the Board in June 2009 he had previously worked for the Middle Level Commissioners, North Norfolk District Council, the National Rivers Authority and the Environment Agency.
At the Middle Level Commissioners he undertook survey and design work whilst preparing land drainage schemes and their supervision. During his time at North Norfolk District Council he designed municipal car parking and a mooring quay. After joining the National Rivers Authority Martin gained experience in a number of teams and catchments, both fluvial and tidal. This experience ranged from project management of capital schemes, managing the operational teams that covered Lincolnshire’s main river network and coastal defences and creating an Enforcement team that determined and policed consents.
After studying a Peterborough Regional College, Martin was appointed an Incorporated Engineer and has been an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 1996.
Ian Coupland (Works 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’.
Kathy Davies (Team Secretary):
Kathy provides secretarial support for Witham First District Internal Drainage Board. She is mainly responsible for answering telephone calls, filing, and collating reports. Kathy also supports Witham Third District and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.
Prior to working for the Board, Kathy worked in a library. She started working for the Board in 1976.
Guy Hird (Engineering Services Officer):
Guy is responsible to the Engineer to the Board, 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 Witham First and Witham Third District Internal Drainage Boards. Previous to this he worked for Lincolnshire County Council Highways and at a structural timberwork company. He has an HNC in Civil Engineering.
Sam Ireland (GIS & Environment Officer):
Sam is primarily responsible for GIS systems, including ensuring that all of our GIS layers are up to date, and producing any maps for areas of interest or prospective works. She is undertaking an asset survey for the Board, along with being responsible for maintaining databases, and coordinating the environmental work of the Board. She is also responsible for maintaining the rating database, and answering any queries regarding land ownership. Sam also supports Witham Third District and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.
Sam previously worked for Witham Fourth District IDB as ‘Asset Mapping Assistant’. Prior to this she worked in Indonesia conducting biological research in the rainforest. Sam has a BSc in Physical Geography, and a MSc in Environmental Consultancy, both completed at Newcastle University.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.
Garry Winterton (Consents and Enforcements Officer):
Garry is the dedicated Consents and Enforcements officer for Witham First District Internal Drainage Board, 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 also supports Witham Third District and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.
Garry has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry in both public and private sectors. After finishing his joinery apprenticeships, Garry worked for a number of construction companies in the UK, before joining the City of Lincoln council within the Building Control Profession. Garry worked for over 30 years in Building Control with the City of Lincoln, Newark & Sherwood and East Lindsey District Councils, as well as being Director of Lincs Building Consultancy which delivered Building Control Services for North East Lincolnshire and East Lindsey. 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 joined Witham First District, Witham Third District and Upper Witham IDBs in February 2013.
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 also supports Witham Third District and Upper Witham Internal Drainage Boards in the same role.
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