John Dora is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Permanent Way Institution. He has the rare privilege of being an Engineer who is also a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. With thirty-five years’ experience in flood defence and rail infrastructure, spanning policy to delivery, he led climate adaptation and resilience research for the GB main line railway from 2003 to 2016.
His career has covered research, construction and maintenance of civil engineering infrastructure and he has become an acknowledged expert in resilience. He is somewhat unique in being experienced as a front-line engineering practitioner who works now at policy and strategic levels, using his experience to advise at government level with many links into current science and research programmes. He is a member of the Environment Agency’s Thames Region Flood and Coastal Committee and serves on a number of high-level advisory panels. John also teaches infrastructure resilience to Masters’ students at the University of Surrey, and sustainable asset management to Singapore Metro post-graduates via the University of Birmingham.
John’s current work includes chairing the International Standards Organisation’s working group responsible for developing ISO14090 – the first International Standard on climate change adaptation; advising the World Bank on adaptation for 1100Km of new freight railway in India; and as a climate adaptation expert for CEN/ CENELEC, the European standards body. Recent work includes advising EdF on climate resilience for power stations; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on railway long-term resilience and on standards for investors; Network Rail on climate change scenarios; the Paris-based International Union of Railways on climate sustainability issues, co-authoring the RailAdapt report; the World Bank on urban railway resilience; and HS2 on system interdependencies and climate risks (commended by the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change).
Among past achievements, John was the creative force in the GB main line railway’s research into climate change, and has worked in this area since 2003. He masterminded the current £2.5M programme of world-leading research – TRaCCA and is in active support of this work which features in the UK’s National Adaptation Plan. In wider circles he chairs the
national Infrastructure Operators’ Adaptation Forum, was one of the advisors on the UK Government’s update on the National Adaptation Programme and its Climate Change Risk Assessment, and provided the rail evidence for the LWEC (Living with Environmental Change) ‘Report Card’ on transport adaptation. See his Linked-In profile here
- Chair of the national Infrastructure Operators’ Adaptation Forum
- Member of the Environment Agency’s Thames Region Flood and Coastal Committee
- Member of British Standards Institution’s Climate Change Strategy Committee
- Convenor for the International Standards Organisation’s ISO 14090 Adaptation Standards Working Group
- Member of ISO’s Adaptation Strategy Task Force
- Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Professional Conduct Panel
- Member of CIRIA’s Water Advisory Panel
- Visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham
- Visiting lecturer at the University of Surrey