Our Engineers


David Littlemore

Company Director / Supervising Engineer

About David

David Littlemore has over fifteen years experience in dam engineering, engineering geology and geotechnical engineering covering principally the study, planning, detailed design and supervision of remedial works of existing embankment and concrete dams. His work has also involved undertaking slope stability and seepage modelling and analyses of embankment dams, the design of flood alleviation and river enhancement schemes, pipework and valve rehabilitation, reservoir discontinuances, and earthworks operations together with all aspects of planning, design and supervision of ground investigations.David Littlemore is currently appointed to the Supervising Engineers Panel and currently undertakes the role of Supervising Engineer for 50 reservoirs throughout England and Wales for a variety of Undertakers. David formed Stillwater Associates in 2008.

Keith Gardiner

All Reservoirs Panel Engineer – Warrington

About Keith

Keith is an All Reservoirs Panel Engineer and Chartered Civil Engineer with over forty years experience (thirty of them working on dams). He is a member of the All Reservoirs Panel certificated to carry out statutory inspections and to sign off safety works on large raised reservoirs. He has worked for contractors on dam construction, and consultants on design and project management of dams and ancillary works, both in the UK and overseas. Keith was Regional Reservoir Safety Manager with a major UK water company for over 10 years, with responsibility for over 200 reservoirs. He also has extensive experience in risk assessment, the risk based management of a large capital programme; leak detection in embankment dams; reservoir surveillance and instrumentation; design of dam remedial works; design of overflow works, incident management and information storage and management. Keith is based in Warrington and his role within Stillwater will be as an All Reservoir Panel Engineer covering northern England and northern/central Wales together whilst also providing an excellent addition to our reservoir safety risk assessment capabilities.

Henry Hewlett

Technical Reviewer

About Henry

Henry Hewlett has over 35 years’ experience in the study, design and project management of water supply and flood alleviation schemes, flow control structures, fluvial and tidal river works, asset management studies and reservoir safety works. Until 2016 Henry was a member of the All Reservoirs Panel of Engineers under the Reservoirs Act 1975 and has extensive experience in the design, construction and inspection of dams. He has been responsible for the management of numerous water distribution network analyses and has co-ordinated teams of architects, landscape architects, ecologists and scientists involved in the planning, design, environmental appraisal and construction of water-related schemes. He has also co-authored CIRIA reports and various technical papers on reservoir related topics. He was the Hon Technical Secretary of the British Dam Society, responsible for co-ordinating the technical affairs of the Society.

Bob Elledge

Supervising Engineer – Midlands

About Bob

 Bob Elledge has been a Reservoir Supervising Engineer since 1985 and currently provides reservoir supervision services to numerous public sector and private sector clients. Bob has over 35 years experience in the water industry. His roles over the years have been many and varied from project managing design schemes, operationally managing water treatment works and reservoirs, extensions and improvements to water networks, meter installation both domestic and large and management of the land drainage and tidal defence functions. As qualified Reservoir Supervising Engineer under the 1975 Reservoirs Act Bob has worked either as designer, project manager and/or site supervisor for many reservoir schemes. Bob Elledge is the Supervising Engineer, under Sub-contract to Jacobs, for the current reservoir supervision contract in the EA Midlands Region – Central & West Area (12 No. reservoirs) and the EA Anglian Region (9 No. reservoirs). He is also the Supervising Engineer for a further 10 reservoirs for various local government and private undertakers.

Richard Smith

Supervising Engineer – Yorkshire & the North

About Richard

Richard Smith has over thirty years experience in operation and maintenance of existing embankment dams. His work has also involved project management of reservoir safety works required under the Reservoirs Act, pipework and valve rehabilitation and reservoir discontinuances. Richard has been on the Supervising Engineers Panel since 1991 and currently undertakes the role of Supervising Engineer for 8 reservoirs in Yorkshire.

Alan Brown

Technical Director / All Reservoirs Panel Engineer

About Alan

Alan Brown is an All Reservoirs Panel Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in water resource development projects and dam, river and geotechnical engineering in UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been responsible for the design and construction supervision of structures including river weirs, embankment dams, concrete dams, tunnels, intake towers, spillways and other hydraulic structures. He also has extensive experience of geotechnical engineering, including embankments on soft clay. Key qualifications include the following:
• Reservoir Inspecting Engineer under UK national safety legislation, inspecting embankment and concrete gravity dams, and service reservoirs.
• Lead Author of current UK guides on risk assessment of reservoir safety
• UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser
In addition to an ongoing programme of Section 10 Inspections and studies of options for remedial works Alan Brown is currently retained by Bristol Water as ARP for ongoing safety advice on four reservoirs, is Construction Engineer under the Reservoirs Act on four new reservoirs and is overseeing dam safety works at five reservoirs.

Neil Williams

Supervising Engineer – Midlands

About Neil

Neil Williams recently completed a career as a Chartered Civil Engineer with Severn Trent Water for the period September 1976 until March 2010. From 1996 until 2010 Neil Williams held the position of Principal Reservoir Safety Manager responsible for the structural safety of the Company’s stock of statutory dams and reservoirs (approximately 40 dams and 19 service reservoirs). In that role, he carried out Reservoir Supervision and was directly responsible for a team of specialist engineers, technicians, and surveyors whose prime role was that of ensuring the structural well being of Severn Trent’s reservoir assets. In addition, he was personally responsible for ensuring the Company’s adherence to the legislation of the Reservoirs Act 1975. Neil Williams is currently undertaking reservoir supervision for over 20 reservoirs in the Midlands Region.

Frank Lawson

Supervising Engineer – Yorkshire & The North

About Frank

 Frank Lawson has over thirty years experience in dam engineering, operation and maintenance of existing embankment and concrete dams. His work has also involved the design and construction of flood alleviation and river enhancement schemes, pipework and valve rehabilitation and reservoir discontinuances. Following a career with Rofe Kennard and Lapworth, Yorkshire Water and then Arup Frank Lawson is now undertaking reservoir supervision for 16 reservoirs in England for a variety of Undertakers including a number of large private estates.

Ken Shave

Supervising Engineer – South East

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Stewart Burgess

Supervising Engineer – South Wales

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Julian Smith

Consultant Hydrologist

About Julian

Julian Smith is a Civil Engineer and Hydrologist with wide experience of the water industry in the UK and overseas, including river modelling, flood analysis, flood alleviation works design, reservoir spillway analysis and design, water resources analysis, analysis of steady and unsteady flow in pipe networks and sewerage system modelling. He has audited water company submissions to OFWAT as well as assisting in their preparation.
Recent projects undertaken include: 1D/2D hydraulic modelling for Cogges Link road project including drafting of Proofs of Evidence and Rebuttals for CPO Public Inquiry; hydraulic analysis and design of drainage for Medmerry managed coastal defence realignment scheme; review of EA schemes including Salmons Brook scheme and WFD projects in the Sussex Ouse catchment; flood calculations and spillway assessment for more than 20 reservoirs; surface water source yield assessment for South East Water.

Alastair Elder

Design Manager / Supervising Engineer

About Alastair

Alastair Elder has over 35 years’ experience in the water industry on the project management, study, promotion, procurement, design and supervision of construction of water supply, flood alleviation and river engineering, dams and reservoirs, drainage and wastewater schemes. He has coordinated multi-disciplinary teams including planners, civil and M & E engineers, architects and landscape architects, scientists and ecologists. Mr Elder has been a Technical Assessor for the Drinking Water Inspectorate and a named Reporter undertaking certification of submissions to the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) for two water companies.
He has been responsible as Director for major water and wastewater schemes; river engineering strategies and projects; water resource studies; post project appraisals; asset management planning; annual safety inspections from three major dams in Botswana; due diligence assessments; a major privatisation project in Papua New Guinea; advice to private water supply undertakers; provision of expert evidence. Particular projects have included: Testwood Lakes bankside storage scheme – environmental assessment, promotion, design and site supervision; various Environment Agency term consultancies, including assessment of effects of Jubilee Line tunnelling on R Thames flood walls and the study, design and implementation of flood defence projects; MAFF post project evaluations. Alastair has worked on projects in the UK, Africa and Asia.

Graham Yarwood

Supervising Engineer – South West

About Graham

Graham Yarwood has over forty years’ experience in water, sewerage and flood defence works. Since 1990 Graham has been appointed to the Supervising Engineers Panel where his work has focused on dam engineering, operation and maintenance of existing embankment and concrete dams including flood defence works for the Environment Agency. Graham Yarwood remains appointed to the Supervising Engineers Panel and currently undertakes the role of Supervising Engineer for 9 reservoirs for a variety of Undertakers including South West Water, Welsh Water and some private estates.

Stephen Goode

Supervising Engineer – Midlands & The North

About Stephen

Stephen Goode has been a Reservoir Supervising Engineer since 1985 when he was appointed to supervise 35 of British Waterways (BW) reservoirs in North West England. He has also acted as Supervising Engineer for a number of privately and publicly owned reservoirs since that time.
Stephen retired from his post as Head of Water and Environment at BW in 2011, where he was responsible for a team of hydrologists, SCADA and hydraulic engineers, hydraulic modellers, ecologists and environmental scientists. He was also responsible for the Reservoir Safety team who provided supervision of BW’s 92 reservoirs. Earlier in his career Stephen spent 12 years in the operational management and maintenance of BW’s canals and associated embankments.
Prior to joining BW in 1983 Stephen worked in the dams department of Sir M MacDonald and Partners on the design of the 55m high Asprokremmos dam in Cyprus and spent a number of years abroad on various civil engineering projects. On graduation in 1973 he had worked as a structural engineer for Ove Arup.

John Laing

Supervising Engineer – North East

About John

 John Laing has over 40 years experience in dam engineering, operation and maintenance of existing embankment dams and concrete service reservoirs.  He has been involved with feasibility, design and construction for matters concerning items in the Interests of Safety and remedial and maintenance work to reservoirs.  His career has involved working for water companies and consultants including Northumbrian Water, Arup and Amec Foster Wheeler.  He has been appointed to the Supervising Engineer Panel since its inception.  John is currently Supervising Engineer for nineteen reservoirs ranging from large impounding reservoirs owned by Northumbrian Water to small privately owned reservoirs.

Chris Peck

Supervising Engineer – South East

About Chris

 Chris Peck has twenty years experience in leading and managing multidisciplinary teams on reservoir projects. These positions involved coordinating all engineering activities from identifying issues, through option assessment and design to construction.
His work also involved the design of pumped raw water storage and potable service reservoirs and pipelines, managing design, technical advice, general management and supervision
Chris Peck is currently appointed to the Supervising Engineers Panel and undertaking the role of Supervising Engineer for Eagle Pond in north east London whilst also working for South East Water in their service reservoir team.