Gwyn is a senior research manager possessing over 24 years’ experience in applied hydrology and environmental informatics. As a hydrologist he specialises in water resources, low flows, drought and climate change impacts, mostly in Europe and South Asia. His informatics experience includes systems development and environmental data management on a variety of IT platforms. Managerially, Gwyn has extensive experience of formal project- and programme-management approaches (Agile, PRINCE2 & MSP), team leadership, line- and resource-management, business change management, and board-level strategic direction and decision making.
Gwyn has worked at CEH since 1993. He presently is Head of Water Resources, responsible for definining CEH's water resources research, overseeing a portfolio of c.70 active projects, worth approximately £6M annually, and line-managing some 60 staff. Previously, from April 2009 to October 2014, he was Director of Environmental Informatics, responsible for CEH’s environmental informatics R&D programme and the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC). He was Head of the National River Flow Archive from 2006-2009 and, from 1993, an applied hydrologist, specialising in hydrological data management, low flows, drought and water resources management in Europe and South Asia. Before joining CEH, from 1987-1991, Gwyn worked as an Operational Research Officer/Analyst Programmer for Wessex Water where he developed databases and software applications to support the water supply and wastewater mmanagment parts of the business.
Gwyn serves (or has served) on many panels, boards and committees in NERC, at UK-level and internationally, including: the CEH Science Board; the NERC Information Strategy Group; the CIWEM Water Resources Panel; the UKEOF Coordinating Climate Observations Group; the UK National Committee for the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS); the IAHS Ltd. Board of Directors & Trustees; the WMO Commission of Hydrology (CHy) Open Panel of CHy Experts; and the Steering Committee of the UNESCO-IHP HKH FRIEND project.
Gwyn graduated from Swansea University with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering (1985) and an MSc in Computational Modelling and Finite Element Analysis (1987). In 2015, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Salford, for his research into the “Potential Impacts of Climatic Warming on Glacier-fed River Flows in the Himalaya.”