Professor Andy YoungLead Scientist / Chair of Trustees
Your role in a nutshell: I’m the chair of trustees and in my day job I’m responsible for the delivery of our research programme in hydrology to underpin our software products and add value to our consultancy work.
When you joined WHS: 2004
Your experience: I’m a physicist with a Ph.D. in hydrology. I joined the Institute of Hydrology in 1990 after an early career in avionics. I set up WHS in 2004 and oversaw the transition of WHS to employee ownership in the spring of 2018. My research work has covered topics ranging from water resources and flood hydrology to chemical fate modelling and understanding the influence of man’s activity on the water cycle.
Why you like working for WHS: Of course, as the founder of the company I’m biased. However, I love the diversity of work that we undertake, the camaraderie within the company and the value that I believe we add through our products and services.
What drives you: Closing the gap between hydrological research and good practice in application to ensure our products and services are underpinned by sound science. There is much we don’t know about the water environment and thus it is never a dull area to work in.
What you like doing when not working: I thoroughly enjoy music, cycling and walking our dogs but my overriding passion is flying. I first flew microlight aircraft in the 1980s – the early “experimental” days of the sport. A few scary incidents coupled with starting a family meant being grounded for many years. I returned to the skies in 2016 and am now making up for lost time (and with much safer aircraft!).