Binnies strengthens its reservoir team with new hire Matthew Coombs

Matt Coombs joins Binnies as reservoir delivery director. He moves from Arcadis, where he was a technical director and UK Community of Practice lead for dams and reservoirs. Matt is a civil engineer with 26 years’ experience in the industry and he is a Supervising Engineer under the Reservoirs Act.

Since 2016, Matt has been the reservoir compliance manager (seconded) for Natural Resources Wales (NRW). He managed the capital and operational programme and assisted NRW through a significant period of change resulting from the introduction of new Welsh legislation. This led to the registration of 30 reservoirs with associated Section 10 inspections and the delivery of more than 160 Measures in the Interests of Safety; NRW is now 100% compliant with the Reservoirs Act. Over this period, Matt also managed an All Reservoirs Panel Engineer/supervising engineer contract with the Environment Agency in the Anglian region (32 reservoirs) as well as undertaking works with the Canal & River Trust and other undertakers on numerous reservoir capital projects. Before working with NRW, Matt spent 15 years with Arcadis/Hyder and 11 years with Thames Water, where he worked on various water treatment works, sewage treatment works, network and flood alleviation projects for clients in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Matt joins Binnies at an exciting time in the organisation’s 100-year history. Binnies is the new trading name for the Black & Veatch water and environment businesses in Europe and Asia after they joined leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services provider RSK Group in January 2021. Binnies specialises in water and and environmental services.

Matthew Coombs

Binnies’ established reservoirs team has a long history and pedigree in designing, supervising and inspecting dams in the UK and across the world, including high-profile projects such as Llyn Brainne in the UK, High Island Dam in Hong Kong and Mangla Dam in Pakistan. Binnies is also leading the reservoir industry’s digital transformation with its intelligent dam monitoring system, iDMS.

“I am delighted to be joining the Binnies reservoir team as reservoir delivery director. Binnies has always been a name synonymous with dams and reservoirs, with experience stretching back to the early 1900s. It is good to see that name re-established in the 21st century at a time when, post Toddbrook, significant changes are occurring across the industry. By developing from Binnies’ existing experience and knowledge while tailoring our services to future needs and driving technological advances we can provide valued support and guidance to our clients across the industry.”

About Binnies

At Binnies, we create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery. Backed by a culture that has stayed true since the company’s founding over 100 years ago, Binnies develops intelligent water and environmental solutions using a whole-life-cycle approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. We strive to elevate the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.

Binnies is an RSK group company and was formerly part of Black & Veatch.

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About the RSK group (RSK)

RSK is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services group made up of over 100 businesses. The group is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has an established presence in more than 40 countries around the world.

For over 30 years, RSK has been helping organisations realise their business goals efficiently, cost-effectively and with the minimum environmental and social impact. We deliver practical solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. As a client-focused business, our services are constantly evolving to directly respond to or pre-empt global conditions and legislative drivers.

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