Organising Committee

Chair of the Organising Committee

Kevin Burgess, Head of Coastal, Jacobs

Kevin Burgess has been working in consultancy across a wide range of coastal engineering and shoreline management projects since 1986 in various technical and management roles at Halcrow, CH2M, and now Jacobs. His technical experience covers strategic coastal planning and coastal process analysis, through to detailed design and R&D, contributing to several technical publications. Kevin has been a regular speaker at many national and international conferences, and a member of the organising committee for this conference since 1998, taking on the role of conference chair in 2017. 


Tom Bruce, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Edinburgh

In addition to his role as College of Science and Engineering Dean International Students, Tom Bruce is Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Tom’s background is in fluid mechanics, with particular focus on coastal engineering. He has been active in research on wave overtopping since the late 1990s. Many of his team’s outputs are now integrated within the European Wave Overtopping Manual, or EurOtop, which is the standard engineering guidance on the topic for many European countries and used worldwide. In his teaching, Tom specialises in fluid mechanics and sustainable energy.


Simon Burchett, Associate Director, WSP

Simon is a Chartered Engineer with over twenty years’ experience in the coastal, waterfront, maritime, fluvial and flood-risk sectors, gained on projects worldwide.  He has successfully delivered projects for a wide range of clients under a variety of contract types.  His experience covers the full project life-cycle from due diligence, site reconnaissance and planning, through numerical and physical modelling studies, to design and construction of port/terminal, power, infrastructure, coast/ flood protection and waterfront development projects. Simon is a member of the British Standards Institute committee responsible for BS 6349: ‘Maritime Works’, UK Expert for the preparation of a new Eurocode covering coastal structures, co-author of PIANC international marina design guidance and is a member of the organising committee for the Institution of Civil Engineers ‘Coastlines, Maritime Structures and Breakwaters’ conference.




William Allsop, Director, William Allsop Consulting

William Allsop was Technical Director for Maritime Structures at HR Wallingford, responsible for consultancy and research studies, optimisation and design of breakwaters, sea walls, revetments, and wide range of shoreline and related structures. He supervised testing in laboratories in UK, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Denmark, France, Turkey and Nigeria. Recent studies have included work on major LNG terminals in the Pacific and Atlantic, the Turner Gallery at Margate, and advising US government on wave forces on coastal bridges damaged by hurricanes, and on wave overtopping.  He has a long-term interest in historic breakwaters around the UK, particularly at Alderney and Wick, now cemented by his PhD studies at Edinburgh. At William Allsop Consulting, since 2018, he has specialised in forensic analysis of designs / construction with projects in India, the Carribbean, Indian Ocean, Australia, Chile, Channel Islands and UK. His research results are published in major handbooks or standards, and in the major coastal conferences (ICCE and Breakwaters), ICE journals on Maritime Engineering, Forensic Engineering, Engineering History, and in Coastal Engineering.


 Alice Johnson, Senior Project Engineer, Black & Veatch

Alice is a Civil Engineer in the Rivers and Coasts sector with 20 years’ experience.  She has been involved in developing numerical models for a malnourishment to protect three key infrastructure sites.  This builds on a background of developing modelling tools for the erosion of soft cliffs around the UK, contributing knowledge from her PhD in developing probabilistic beach modelling.  She has recently worked on a range of projects including technical lead for the Exmouth Coastal Defence Scheme and the design and construction of Mamhead Slipway at Exmouth. Mamhead Slipway is located in challenging conditions in the entrance of the Exe Estuary where the previous slipway had been undermined and become unusable.  The constructed solution involves a two compartment sheet pile cofferdam and shore works including flood and retaining walls, within a restricted site.  Alice led the design of Borth including extensive beach nourishment and rock control structures together with two offshore reefs.  This involved numerical and physical modelling, funding justification, through to the application of licences and consents and supervision of construction on site.  Prior to this Alice has carried out several business cases for appraisals and was involved in the development of the Appraisal Guidance for government funding of projects. 


Chris Patterson, Senior Consultant, Jacobs

Chris graduated from The University of Edinburgh with an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering in 1996.  Since then he has worked for Jacobs (formerly the Babtie Group) almost exclusively in their Ports and Maritime Division in Scotland.  Chris now leads Jacobs’ Nuclear and Defence Ports and Maritime team in the UK overseeing an experienced group of professionals based mainly in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Chris has worked on a wide variety of marine projects throughout his career including work on naval and commercial ports and dockyards, container terminals, ferry terminals, fishing harbours and marinas as well as the inspection, assessment and repair of a wide range of maritime facilities and coastal defence structures. Projects in which Chris has had a major involvement include Freeport Container Terminal Expansion in the Bahamas, Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Extension, Rosyth International Container Terminal and numerous Naval Base developments and upgrades, most recently to accommodate the navy’s two new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. Chris has been a member of the ICE Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters Conference Organising Committee since 2007.



Philip Barber, Consulting Engineer, Shoreline Management Partnership

Phil’s career spans 50 years commencing in a Local Authority in 1966. Following chartered status in 1973 the career focus has been on coastal engineering and coastal processes. A return to University in 1976 for a Masters Degree was followed by a PhD. in 1981 where the research was on the local Authority coastal process problems. In 1984 a move was made to National Maritime Institute (later BMT) before setting up in private practice in 1989. Key achievements include the invention of the ‘fishtail breakwater’, the early use of mixed beach nourishment using quarried and marine sources, the development of a measurement system for the surf zone, the determination of monitoring protocols to satisfy environmental requirements in sensitive areas and the integration of sediment transport models with monitoring to optimise confidence in the forecasting of estuary and coastal evolution. Recent work has focussed on understanding the evolution of nearshore bank and channel systems using inductive modelling to consider impacts on shoreline evolution and management and the use of single-layer rock armour and rolled concrete in coastal defences.   


Carl Green, Head of Engineering Services, Wyre Borough Council

Carl Green is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He has over 25 years’ experience in the design, construction and operation of coastal defences working for consultants and the Environment Agency  on the East Coast before returning home to the North West in his current role as Head of Engineering at Wyre Council, where he is responsible for the delivery of coastal schemes, their ongoing operations and maintenance. If all goes wrong he also leads the council’s emergency response team. Carl has delivered over £100 million of coastal projects on the Wyre coastal frontage and is currently engaged in delivering the £40 million Wyre Beach and Dune Management Scheme. Carl is chair of the North West and North Wales Coastal Group and is a Royal Engineering Officer in the Army Reserve.


Jim Hutchison - Senior Director, Coastal & Flood, Balfour Beatty

Jim is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with over 30 years’ experience in the flood and coastal erosion risk management sector. He has worked for consulting engineers and held senior positions with both Defra and the Environment Agency and now leads for Balfour Beatty Construction as Director and business lead on the coastal and flood sector. He is a member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers Coastal Management and Marine Structures and Breakwaters Committees as well as an Environment Agency appointee on the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Jim also sits on Brunel University’s Industry Panel and is a long-time member of the Kring (a group of coastal experts representing the EU North Sea coasts).


Lars Johanning, Professor of Ocean Technology, University of Exeter

Professor Johanning is a leading researcher at the University of Exeter with an international recognition in the field of ocean technology with a focus towards offshore renewable energy. He is Deputy Head of Engineering and Academic Lead of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Group and has led multiple challenging research projects to a successful outcome that has been published in over 190 peer reviewed book chapters, journal and conference papers, as well as three patents, dedicated to ORE. His research include activities such as loading and dynamic response of mono-towers in steep and breaking waves (GR/N04522/01) and hydrodynamic studies on station keeping principles for marine renewable devices within SuperGen UKCMER (GR/S26958/01), hydrodynamic analysis to support development of aquaculture systems (BB/M005208/1) and Supergen-Marine (UKCMER) grant (EP/M014738/1), addressing mooring and reliability for ORE devices. His current main project includes the UK-CHINA ResIn project (EP/R007519/1)) assessing innovative solutions to enhance motion characterises and loads on FOW turbines; and the Flotant H2020 project (815289) developing innovative and integrated Floating Offshore Wind solution. Professor Johanning has long standing relation with Chinese organisations focusing on research & development of UK-China partnerships in Offshore Renewable Energy and currently holds a visiting post as Associated Dean of Yantai Research Institution, Harbin Engineering University and is the international co-chair (Task Team #5 - Renewable Energy) at the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (


Richard Nunn, Principal Engineer, Environment Agency

Richard has over 40 years’ experience in the water and flood risk management sector. The last ten years has been in Investment Assurance for the Environment Agency in which he has chaired the Large Project Review Group. This group provides technical assurance for all major flood risk management projects and supports Defra in any submissions to cabinet office. Prior to that he was Operations Manager for project and programme delivery across a broad range of fluvial and coastal schemes that formed part of the Agency’s capital programme. Earlier career involved working for water utility and consultancy based in the UK. Richard has served on previous ICE organising committees for past breakwater and coastal management conferences held in both UK and France.

Rosalind Turner, Principal Coastal Engineer, Mott MacDonald

Rosalind is a coastal and marine process specialist and project director with seventeen years of industry and research experience in the monitoring and management of wave climates and coastal evolution in the context of the changes associated with climate change. Rosalind has a background in coastal management and engineering and a particular interest in submarine cables and marine derived renewable energy - working in offshore wind, tidal range and floating solar.



Stephen Richardson, Group Manager, HR Wallingford

Stephen has worked at HR Wallingford since completing his PhD in 2002, focussing technically on the execution of research and consultancy studies associated with the testing, analysis, design and optimisation of maritime structures.  He is currently Group Manager for Equipment, Technology and Innovation, responsible for the design, manufacturing and delivery of equipment across a portfolio which contains: wave generation, absorption and data acquisition systems; remote control survey platforms; and following the recent acquisition of Cussons Technology’s Marine Division also marine hydrodynamic instrumentation including dynamometers, balances, carriages and cavitation tunnels.  He has been a member of the ICE Maritime Expert Panel, ICE Maritime Engineering Journal Advisory Panel and a member of the ICE Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters Organising Committee since 2012. 



International Scientific Committee

The International Scientific Committee is composed of:


Prof Jentsje van der Meer, Principal, Van der Meer Consulting, and Professor Coastal Structures & Ports, UNESCO-IHE Delft (THE NETHERLANDS)
Jentsje is an internationally renowned expert in appraisal, design and testing of breakwaters and coastal structures, including seawalls, levees, dikes, embankments, groins, revetments and shingle beaches. His work on rubble mound structures has been included in all manuals all over the world. Work on wave overtopping resulted in the Overtopping or EurOtop Manual, a co-production by UK, NL, BE and DE, with a second edition in 2018. He has published about 200 papers in international journals, proceedings and books. Other developments, with copy rights to Van der Meer, are hydraulic simulators. The wave overtopping simulator is a unique instrument to test the strength of real dikes for overtopping waves. The wave run-up simulator can test the seaward side of the dikes during run-up and run-down and the wave impact simulator produces wave impacts. Wave overtopping simulators have been developed for Vietnam, USA and Singapore.



Miguel Esteban, Professor, Research Institute of Sustainable Future Society, Waseda University, Tokyo (JAPAN)
Miguel is currently a Professor at the Research Institute of Sustainable Future Society, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Waseda University, in Tokyo, Japan. He received his PhD in Coastal engineering from Yokohama National University in Japan in 2007, and then he continued his work with Post-Doctoral Fellowships and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and at Kyoto University. Subsequently he also worked as an Associate Professor at The University of Tokyo. Miguel Esteban’s research deals with the effect that natural disasters will have on various components of the socio-economic make-up of different countries. In this respect, he is involved in the estimation of the different destructive components of various types of disasters that originate from the sea, namely tropical cyclones and tsunamis. Understanding how these events can devastate coastal areas and cause the loss of many lives is important to formulate protection strategies. Furthermore, his research deals on the effect that climate change will have on natural disasters, and in particular tropical cyclones, which are expected to increase in intensity in the future. This, coupled with sea-level rise, is expected to have a great impact on the economy of many countries, and his research attempts to quantify the economic damage that this can cause to transport, infrastructure and agriculture. 


Leopoldo Franco, Professor of Coastal Engineering, University of Rome (ITALY)
Leopoldo is full professor of Coastal Engineering at the University of Rome 3, Italy (formerly at Polytechnic of Milan 1987-96), now also within the new course of Ocean Engineering at Ostia. For nearly 40 years he carried out advanced field measurements, laboratory investigations and mathematical models within national and EU funded projects (eg.MAST-PROVERBS-DELOS-CLASH-FLOODSITE) in maritime hydraulics and coastal structures described in over 230 technical-scientific papers and manuals. Research topics include wave overtopping at breakwaters, caissons, wave analysis and prediction, shoreline modelling, hydraulic design of breakwater, harbours and marinas, history of maritime engineering. He is PIANC delegate and consultant-designer at MODIMAR, Rome for various projects of ports and breakwaters in Italy and abroad. Attended all ICE conferences since 1985. Designated chairman for ICCE2024 in Rome.


Marisa Ackhurst, Associate – Marine Structures, Zutari (SOUTH AFRICA)
Marisa has 20 years’ experience in the management and design of marine and port structures.  Her design experience is typically in concrete and steel structures.  Her project experience includes small- and large-scale marine projects in Africa, the Middle East, Indian Ocean Islands and South-East Asia. She has worked for a marine contractor before moving into the consulting engineering field. She enjoys staying up to date with the latest research on topics within her field and then trying to fill the gap between research and real -life applications. Her ICE design guide, Design of Vertical Gravity Sea and Quay Walls has recently been published. Furthermore, she regularly presents a guest lecture at the University of Stellenbosch on this topic.  She has also presented case studies at conferences. Marisa is an active PIANC member, contributing to working groups and currently fulfilling the role of secretary for the South African branch.


Scarlett Vásquez Paulus, Deputy Director, National Institute of Hydraulics (INH) (CHILE)
Scarlett is a Civil/Hydraulic Engineer with 20 years of experience in water resources, flood risk, hydraulic design, in Chile and abroad. Over the last 4 years she has been leading the technical team in the INH working in maritime protection structures, artificial beaches, wave forecasting, fluvial studies, bridge scour protection, debris flow, among other subjects. All studies based in physical and numerical modelling, field work and interacting with other disciplines.


Norberto Carlos Nadal-Caraballo, Ph.D., Coastal Hazards Group, US Army Engineer R&D Centre, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (USA)
Norberto is a research civil engineer and leader of the Coastal Hazards Group (CHG) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (ERDC-CHL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His main areas of expertise are coastal storm hazard analysis, flood risk assessment, extreme storm climatology, and coastal structures. He leads the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Hazards System (CHS) program to quantify coastal flooding, surge, waves, wind, rainfall, and related hazards due to hurricanes and other extreme storms for all U.S. coastlines, including Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Hawaii. He is also leading efforts to develop guidelines and software tools for probabilistic hazard analysis, consequence analysis, and stochastic design of coastal structures such as levees, flood walls, and breakwaters. Norberto is the author or co-author of over 40 technical publications, and has contributed to development of coastal hazards guidance for institutions like the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez. Since joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2007, Dr. Nadal-Caraballo has received numerous professional honors and awards, including the Great Minds in STEM’s 2015 Civil Engineering Award, and the 2016 ERDC Engineer of the Year.


Javier López Lara, Associate Professor, University of Cantabria (SPAIN)
Javier López Lara is an associate professor at the University of Cantabria (UC). He is also responsible for the Hydrodynamics and Coastal Infrastructures Group of IHCantabria. Javier graduated as a Civil Engineer (1998) from the University of Cantabria and obtained his PhD in 2002 from the same university. After holding various positions as a researcher at the University of Cantabria and at Cornell University (USA), he obtained a position as “Ramón y Cajal” (2008-2012) in the Department of Water Science and Technology at UC, where he is currently a sub-director. Javier has developed his research in the field of wave hydrodynamics, specializing also surf zone hydrodynamics and wave-structure interactions, using both experimental and numerical methods, the latter focusing mainly on CFD codes. In recent years he has extended his research to environmental flows, hydrodynamics of aquatic ecosystems and hydraulics. Through his research he was awarded the Modesto Vigueras Prize 2004, granted by the Technical Association of Ports and Coastal Areas, Spanish branch of the International Ports Association (PIANC) and the International Research Prize “Paepe-Willems” (PIANC), in 2005, granted to researchers under 40 years old. Javier is currently Principal Investigator in several projects funded by the Spanish Science Ministry, competitive projects financed by the Spanish Innovation Ministry and different EU Projects. He has published 52 SCI research papers and 8 book chapters. He has advised 45 MSc and bachelor thesis and 12 PhD dissertations. He has coauthored more than one hundred national and international congress communications.


David Todd, Principal Port & Marine Engineering Consultant, PortTechMartine (AUSTRALIA)
David works as a Principal Port and Marine Engineering Consultant for PortTechMarine Pty Ltd, based in Perth, Western Australia. He provides technical management and specialised engineering services to clients with port, harbour and coastal projects and assets. David has experience in all phases of marine projects, from planning to construction, maintenance and repair. He also provides specialist engineering advice for breakwaters, seawalls, coastal studies, wharves, dredging, ports, navigation aids, marinas, desalination plant intakes and outfalls, pipeline shore crossings, scour protection, coastal and landside infrastructure. Recent projects have included the asset maintenance of breakwaters and seawalls at North Queensland Bulk Ports in Queensland, construction of port facilities for the Wheatstone LNG Project and marine design management of the proposed dry bulk export ports at Anketell and Oakajee in Western Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Australia) and member of the WA Division Coastal, Ocean and Ports Engineering Panel. David has presented several papers relating to past projects at Australian and International Conferences.


Mingwei Li, Associate Professor, College of Shipbuilding Engineering & Deputy Director, Institute of Marine Engineering Technology (CHINA)
Mingwei is mainly engaged in the research of the design method of integrated breakwater and wave energy, the development and utilization of offshore renewable energy, the operation and maintenance of intelligent twin construction, the advanced intelligent optimization algorithm and forecast technology, etc. He has undertaken more than 20 projects for the National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Key R&D Program of China, Science and Technology programs of the Ministry of Transport, and science and technology programs of the State Oceanic Administration. He has published more than 40 academic papers, including 2 highly cited papers and 19 SCI papers. And he has published 4 academic monographs; there were 13 authorized invention patents and 10 software Copyrights. He has won second prize of Heilongjiang Provincial Water Conservancy Science and Technology Award, first prize in the Zhoukou Science and Technology Progress Award, and second prize of Henan Provincial Transportation Science and Technology Award. He is also a member of Heilongjiang Provincial Hydraulic Committee, deputy editor of International Journal of Applied Evolutionary Computation and guest editor of the Special edition of the Special issue STLF in Energies


Heidi P. Moritz, Coastal Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USA)

Heidi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University in 1981 and a Master of Engineering degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M in 1991. Prior to working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), she spent 2 years working in Thailand on water resources projects for the U.S. Peace Corps.  She worked at the Chicago District, USACE, for 8 years as a hydraulic/coastal engineer and at the Portland District, USACE, for 27 years. She is a member of the Coastal Working Group Advisory Board and has served as a member of the ICE Maritime Engineering Journal Advisory Panel.  Heidi’s primary areas of work with the Corps of Engineers include navigation structure design, risk and reliability analysis of coastal structures, shoreline protection and coastal structure design, and planning and adapting to climate change.  Since 2008, Heidi has been working with Dr. Kate White in the Responses to Climate Change program, specifically to develop USACE adaptation guidance for Corps projects to sea level change. Recent work has focused on understanding and developing methods to describe non-stationary loading and exposure descriptions over a project life for the range of project types within the U.S. Corps of Engineers areas of responsibility.


Jesper Damgaard, Owner & Director, CoMarEng Advisory  (PORTUGAL)
Jesper Damgaard has over 27 years experience in research, consultancy and business operation for marine and coastal engineering, and he has worked on marine assignments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. He has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Danish Technical University and his specialty is hydrodynamics and sediment transport.  In the nineties he worked as a scientist in the Marine Sediments Group at HR Wallingford under Professor Richard Soulsby. He has worked on basic and applied research projects for sediment transport, coastal hydrodynamics, soil liquefaction, soft clay scour and seabed pipelines. He is the author or co-author of fourteen peer-reviewed journal papers and more than thirty conference papers. On the consultancy side he has been involved in a number of large marine infrastructure projects around the world such as the groundbreaking Schiehallion deepwater oil field (UK), Brass River LNG (Nigeria), Mangalore barge-mounted power plant (India), Pinghu Oil & Gas field (China), GASCO 4th NGL Train (UAE), Jebel Ali Container Terminal (UAE), Ras Laffan Port (Qatar), Priok Port Expansion (Indonesia) and the ADNOC Upper Zakum Artificial Islands (UAE). Presently he is the Owner and Director of CoMarEng Advisory. Jesper is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers.


Benoit Meulewaeter, Head of Design - Middle East, Six Construct (UAR

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Gillian Millar, Coastal Engineering Lead, GHD (USA)

Gillian is the Maritime & Coastal Service Line Leader for GHD in North America. She has 20 years of coastal and ports project management and design experience gained across four continents. Her professional experience includes management of multidisciplinary teams, metocean studies, numerical modeling, mooring, navigation and downtime assessment, coastal design and shoreline management. Gillian started her career in the UK working on Shoreline Management Plans, moved to the US, Caribbean and Australia, before returning to California where she is now based.


Shigeo Takahashi , Chairman, Coastal Development Institute of Technology (Japan)

Dr Takahashi was the president of the Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI) in Japan and is the president of the Coastal Development Institute of Technology (CDIT) in Japan from June 2016. His specialism is wave-structure interaction including tsunamis and storm surges. He investigated many failures of coastal structures and proposed the improved design of coastal structures including a new estimation method for breaking impact wave forces on vertical breakwaters. Immediately after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster the institute conducted field surveys of the impacted coastal areas and studies for early recovery. As the president of the institute he directed the studies to rebuild resilient coastal communities.