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James Rowntree

James Rowntree, 36, regional director, Peterborough, and Broadland flood defence asset management project director James Rowntree combines his role as regional director of Halcrow's Peterborough offi ce with that of project director for the Broadland flood defence asset management PFI in Norfolk (above). The 36-year old engineer got involved in the PFI bid soon after becoming chartered, and found the close involvement with contracting partner Nuttall very rewarding.

'This project involves assessing the condition of 240km of flood defences and then putting in place a scheme to maintain and improve them over the next 20 years - all in a National Park, ' he explains.

'We wanted people with real enthusiasm for that.' Rowntree uses the project as a training ground for graduates.

'It gives them tremendous training, ' he says. 'They are really exposed at the sharp end of engineering - working on planning applications, designing, and then out to construction straight away. They work with the contractor and get involved in a lot of value engineering work and a lot of innovation.

Because it's a PFI we've got the opportunity to trial ideas and if they work we can apply them across the project.'

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