Geoff Roberts

Geoff has spent almost the whole of his career, and ‘retirement’, working to improve the environment. He started as a Pollution Prevention Officer on the River Aire, working for Yorkshire Water for 26 years and reaching the position of Head of Safety Health and Environment until he left in 2000.  He has filled bottles with sewage (and worse!), waded up to his thighs in pig slurry and stayed up all night taking dissolved oxygen samples from the river at Calverley (before the days of continuous monitors).

He trained initially as an analytical chemist, then specialised in sewage science before moving into the management/leadership arena where, amongst other things, he led a team responsible for mitigating the effects on customers of the (in)famous 1995/6 drought.

Geoff is a passionate ‘connector’, bringing people together from across the Aire catchment and Yorkshire to seek opportunities for environmental improvements, knowing that when you get a bunch of interesting and interesting people together exciting things can happen. He leads for the Trust on The Aire Catchment Network and is an Independent Member of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee where he takes a special interest in getting the best for the environment out of the £100million spent on flood risk management every year. He also currently chairs the ‘Yorkshire Hub’, which brings together Catchment Hosts and Rivers Trusts from around Yorkshire.