Live from ASBPA2019: Jonathan Simm and Richard Lewis of HR Wallingford

A great conversation live from ASBPA 2019!

Dr. Jonathan Simm, based in the UK, has responsibility for developing technical capabilities across all aspects of resilience in the water environment (including for engineering structures and assets but also socio-economic and environmental aspects of resilience and embracing areas previously encapsulated within thinking on performance, risk, sustainability etc.). He joined HR Wallingford in 1992 after an early career working with consulting engineers in feasibility studies, design and construction supervision of coastal and maritime works and became a Technical Director in 2001 and Chief Technical Director for resilience in 2017.

Richard Lewis, based Houston, Texas, is the Business Manager for the Americas

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.