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The Board

The Ouse and Humber Drainage Board

The Board is made up of  23  Members; 11 of these are directly elected in a way similar to that for Ward Councillors and 12 are appointed by the Council.

Board Members are elected or appointed to represent the interests of the Board and the drainage, flood risk and associated environmental management needs of the community it serves.

The Board normally has four scheduled meetings a year; details of the meetings are advertised under ‘News and Notices‘. The agendas and minutes of Board meetings are available to view in the Resources section of the website.

Further information about the Board’s constitution and how Board meetings are conducted is presented in the Governance section.

The day to day management of the Board is led by the Chief Executive, supported by managers who look after specific service areas including Corporate, Finance, Engineering and Asset Management. The Board employ finance and rating officers along with a team of skilled operators and craftsmen. Much of the Board’s maintenance work is undertaken by contractors.

Board Members

Management Team

  • Chief Executive

    Andrew McLachlan

    Andrew is the Chief Executive and Clerk to the Ouse and Humber Drainage Board and a number of other internal drainage boards in Yorkshire . He has overall administrative responsibility for the Board, along with supporting all services areas, his focus is the development of capital programmes and strategic plans for the internal drainage boards he manages.

  • Policy & Finance Manager

    Angela Cowen

    Angela is the Policy & Finance Manager and Deputy Chief Executive of the Boards. Her team manages finance, rate collection, human resources, corporate and strategic planning matters, business planning, audit and the Board’s other administrative service areas.

  • Operational & Technical Manager

    Russ Towse

    Russ is the Operational & Technical Manager for the Board. Russ is the senior officer responsible for the delivery of the Board’s operational and technical functions, these being maintenance planning and operations, asset management, development control and capital works programme. His team manage the Board’s workforce and contractors, collect and update information about the Boards’s assets including mapping information about watercourses, structures and other equipment the Board look after. He is the officer responsible for health and safety.