Mary Dhonau Associates
Mary Dhonau Associates (MDA) is a specialist independent flood resilience consultancy working to raise local flood awareness by advising and assisting on flood mitigation and resilience.
All of MDA’s consultants have personally suffered flooding in their own homes. They have frequently been cited as positive role models not only in preparing for such events, but also by instigating a wide range of flood resilience and protection in their properties. Mary Dhonau herself is a trusted and respected voice within the community, with extensive experience of working with people in flood risk areas as well as Government agencies and MPs. As the former Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum, she acted as a witness to the Pitt Review and has been a Member of the Cabinet Office Community Resilience Programme Steering Group, served on the expert panel for the Welsh Government research into support for communities affected by flooding and on the steering group for communicating local flood risk management.
Mary Dhonau Associates All of MDA’s consultants have personally suffered flooding in their own homes. They have frequently been cited as positive role models not only in preparing for such events, . Mary Dhonau herself is a trusted and respected voice within the community, with extensive experience of working with people in flood risk areas as well as Government agencies and MPs.
MDA’s consultants have in-depth knowledge of current government strategies, flood resilience and insurance issues and are now able to offer expert literature reviews, synthesis reports and the like for public or private sector organisations.. We have a comprehensive knowledge of Property Flood Resilience. We have literature and guides enabling us to offer completely independent advice to individuals, groups. Past clients have included the Environment Agency, ( for flood awareness and recovery) many Local Authorities. Academic institutions and we often work with larger consultancies
In 2013 we were commissioned to research and write a comprehensive Flood Recovery Guide (which was warmly received by the communities flooded in the winter of 2013/14) and have recently undertaken an update and expansion of the ‘Homeowners Guide to Property Flood Resilience’ on behalf of the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign. We developed the ‘Guide to preparing an Emergency Household Plan’ which can be easily customised to meet local needs (sample copies are available to download from our website). We regularly take part in academic research projects with a focus on Property Flood Resilience.
Mary Project Managed the Cumbria Flood Resilience Showcase Project and won an Environment Agency Project Excellence Award for her work.
Most of the projects we undertake are on a part time basis. We can always fit more in, so just ask us! As a small and pro-active company we are able to offer competitive charges and a customised programme of work to suit individual communities/projects.
In 2014 we were extremely happy to welcome Carly Rose to the team:
Carly Rose is an associate consultant, who not only has substantial flood risk management experience gained with the Environment Agency, but is also an experienced writer and editor, specialising in both technical and homeowner guidance.
She gained a PhD from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2020, on ‘Understanding the influence of psychology and vicarious experience on property flood resilience choices’.