Consultancy in water management

Melvyn Kay - Director RTCS Ltd

C Eng MICE FIAgrE MSc DIC BSc civil engineering

Key experience

Drought Policy and Planning, Agricultural Water Management, Water Resources, Climate Change, Irrigation, Water security, Sustainable Development, Environmental Awareness, International Development, Research, Hydraulics Hydrology, Water Quality Rural Development

1999 - to date Selected assignments

Writing/editing and synthesising regional drought reports to produce a paper on Characterising and Managing Drought: Experiences from Regional and Country Reviews. FAO 2014-16 (in press)

Member of team writing a proposal for research programme on water security. Client: IWMI Sri Lanka 2014

Organised IWRM Study Tour of South Africa for senior Afghan professionals. Client MEW Afghanistan (2012)

Developed and established an internet-based Irrigation Information Gateway. Client: MEW Afghanistan (2012)

Organised workshop with World Bank and AfDB in Tunisia to initatiate Agricultural Water for Africa (AgWA). Client: AfDB

Lead author for 'Water for Agriculture' chapter in UN World Water Development Report 4 2012 Client: IFAD/FAO

Prepared policy paper on water scarcity for eastern and central Europe Client: FAO (2012)

Developed an agricultural water management strategy for UK.  Client: Cranfield University/Defra

Research programme to investigate the potential for forming Water Abstractor Groups among UK Irrigators.  Client: Cranfield University/Defra

Prepared US1.0m capacity building programme for the irrigation sector in Afghanistan. Client: World Bank/FAO

Writer/editor for high quality irrigation booklets for UK farmers. Available for download as pdfs at  Client: Cranfield University

Technical writer for IFAD’s InnoWat programme publications available on  Client: IFAD

Technical writer and workshop coordinator for publication Date palm irrigation in the Near East. Client: FAO Damascus

Technical writer/editor for Research Highlights for DFID’s Natural Resources Systems Programme (NRSP) showing how natural resources research can help to alleviate poverty and improve livelihoods in the developing world. Highlights available for download at

1976 - 1999Senior Lecturer in Irrigation Engineering, Cranfield University (Silsoe College)

Senior lecturer - teaching, research and consultancy in irrigation, hydraulics, and agricultural water management.

Director of Training and consultancy - responsible for the development of new business, international training, and consultancy contracts with an annual turnover over £2m.

1965 - 1976Irrigation Engineer, Sir M MacDonald & Partners Consulting Engineers (now Mott MacDonald)

Irrigation engineer working on major water development schemes and studies in Iraq, Nigeria, and Somalia.