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Mary Dhonau OBE presented with Honorary Fellowship of CIWEM

May 22 2017

Mary Dhonau OBE Hon DSc Hon RICS, the chief executive of the Know Your Flood Risk campaign, has been awarded with an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). The award was presented at the CIWEM’s prestigious annual dinner on 17th May at Draper’s Hall in London.

The CIWEM Honorary Fellowship is held by an exclusive group of people who have made an exceptional contribution in the field of water and the environment. CIWEM gives the award to people it particularly wishes to honour and it is intended to mark the Institution’s appreciation of their work related to water and environmental management.

Mary has been recognised for the contributions she has made in the field of flood risk management across the country, for the past 17 years. As a result of being a victim of flooding on several occasions, Mary has made it her personal mission to champion the promotion of flood awareness, protection and resilience. She is a passionate advocate of empowering communities to recognise and take responsibility for minimising their collective flood risk.

This work has led Mary being awarded an OBE for services to the environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009, receiving an Honorary RICS (HonRICS) status in 2014, as well as being presented with the ‘Voice of the Customer ‘award at the CII Public Interest Awards 2015. She was also awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England in 2015 for her ‘outstanding national contribution to flood risk management’.

Mary, who has become affectionately known by many as ‘Mary Queen of Floods’ said: “I am extremely thrilled to have been presented with an Honorary Fellowship by CIWEM. It means a great deal to me to know that the work I do in helping to make people more aware of flood risk is being recognised by the wider environmental and water management communities. It is now 17 years since I was first flooded, and since then, I have made it my mission to help other people and their wider communities in dealing with the prospect of flooding.”

In addition to her role as Chief Executive of the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign, Mary is the Chair of the Flood Protection Group for the Property Care Association. She also runs a consultancy (MD Associates) specialising in raising awareness of flood risk, how to militate against it and recover from it.

The Know Your Flood Risk Campaign’s mission is to raise awareness of the risk of flooding from all sources. It is a well-regarded online resource for helping people find out the flood risk related to their current or future homes and provides access to free-to-download information guides and a smartphone app.

To download a free copy of the Homeowners’ Guide to Flood Resilience or the supplement for businesses, visit www.knowyourfloodrisk.co.uk. For more information, follow the Know Your Flood Risk campaign on Twitter. For more information regarding Landmark Information Group, visit www.landmark.co.uk