Nick Ely is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Construction Manager with over 25 years experience in the Civil, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Industry. He has worked for public sector authorities including the Ministry of Defence, the Highways Agency, numerous Local Authorities and the Crown; and also worked in private consultancy practice and commercial contracting. A past Chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Branch of the Chartered Institute of Building Nick has been involved with drafting and consultation on various industry publications including British Standards and the Eurocodes. He sits on the Institution of Structural Engineers Technical Publications Panel and has worked with CIRIA on the production of technical manuals and guides. He has lectured in a range of disciplines in Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Plymouth. Currently the Area Coastal Engineer for the Environment Agency covering Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Nick led the recovery on the coast in the Area following the Winter Storms of 2013/14, and has a broad range of experience in responding to emergency situations with critical infrastructure. He is a member of the project team for the South West Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme, a joint Environment Agency and Local Authority programme which collects and archives data for the coast at the Plymouth Coastal Observatory including deploying and servicing wave buoys, tide gauges and monitoring beach levels and nearshore bathymetry. Nick lives, works and sleeps at the coast; and can typically be found on the cliffs monitoring erosion or walking, on the beach measuring changes or building sand castles, on the sea measuring wave heights or surfing, or below the waves cataloguing marine life or scuba diving.