Gwyn is a senior research manager possessing over 25 years’ experience in applied hydrology and environmental informatics. As a hydrologist, he specialises in water resources, low flows, drought and climate change impacts. 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 UKCEH (and it predecessors, the Institute of Hydrology and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) since 1993. He presently is Science Area Head - Water Resources, responsible for definining UKCEH's water resources research, overseeing a portfolio of c.70 active projects, worth approximately £6M annually, and line-managing some 60 staff. Previously, from 2009 to 2014, he was Director of Environmental Informatics, responsible for the organisation's environmental informatics R&D programme and the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC). He was Head of the National River Flow Archive from 2006 to 2009 and, from 1993, an applied hydrologist, working mostly on projects in Europe or South Asia. Before joining UKCEH, Gwyn worked for Wessex Water from 1987-1991, where he developed databases and software applications to support the water supply and wastewater managment parts of the business.
Gwyn serves (or has served) on many panels, boards and committees in the UK and internationally, including: the UKCEH Science Board; the NERC Information Strategy Group; the CIWEM Water Resources Panel; the UKEOF Managment 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; the WMO-GWP Integrated Drought Management Programme; the UK National Committe for the UNESCO-IHP; and the Steering Committees of the UNESCO-IHP FRIEND project in Northern Europe and the Hindu Kush-Himalaya.
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.”