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Toby Wilson

Toby Wilson, 33, catchment flood management plan manager Toby Wilson moved to Halcrow's Exeter office 10 years ago from the company's Swindon base to gain design experience and never moved back to head office. 'Exeter is a lovely place to live, and you get involved in a wider range of things here and meet more varied people, ' he says.

His working life is split between water resource work and flood defences, and he is helping Halcrow manage the Environment Agency's new catchment flood management plans (CFMPs).

'I'm involved in managing CFMPs in the company and thought we could do it better and share knowledge more effectively. It's often easy to keep our knowledge and skills to ourselves, and I wanted to find effective ways of sharing that.' His solution is to create pages on the company's intranet giving advice, feedback from the Environment Agency and examples of what has gone well and not so well. 'It's quite simple stuff but you lose it if you don't write it down, ' says Wilson. 'I love having ideas - especially where it helps people find better ways of doing things.' Wilson also heads the team designing flood defences to protect the Cornish coastal town of Boscastle, which was devastated by flooding in 2004.

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