The Thames Warden
Graham Howells MICE, has been a Freeman of the Company since 2014 and was appointed Thames Warden on 21 September 2020.
Graham started his career in East Kent with Thanet District Council who sponsored him to read Civil Engineering in which he obtained a First Class Honours Degree. He was fortunate to work on two major schemes, Margate Outfall and Relief Sewer and the development of Ramsgate Harbour.
Following a period with Southern Water Authority he moved to East Sussex to take up the role of Group Engineer within Wealden District Council. He was primarily involved in rural drainage and flood relief schemes. Privatisation of the UK Water Industry resulted in Graham joining South West Water as a Project Manager looking after the upgrade of new waste treatment plants within the region.
Graham made the move to Oscar Faber in 1993, looking after the South West Offices in Exeter and Bristol. Following the merger with AECOM, reorganisation of the business resulted in him being appointed to the position of Managing Director of Water and Environment. Further acquisitions lead to Graham’s role expanding to cover initially Europe, followed by the addition of the Middle East and later Africa and India. The core of the operation was Engineering Consultancy Services with one acquisition expanding the business into Design, Build and Operations.
There were many highlights during his career including the management and engineering of building numerous dams and flood channels through the city of Jeddah in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, assisting with water pollution from disused gold mines in the Johannesburg region of South Africa and winning numerous frameworks within the UK Water Industry.
Throughout his career Graham has kept his passion for Engineering along with a strong belief in assisting in the development of graduates and apprentices and has lead numerous initiatives within AECOM which lead to the organisation being recognised as one of the top graduate employers in the UK.
Graham retired fully last November and now enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, travelling, playing golf and helping to run the local rugby club.