National Water Safety Forum


Technical Project Manager – UK Water Incident Database



Help us to deliver a new, world-class, platform to assist in our efforts to reduce drowning and water-related harm across the UK.

We need a technical project manager to lead a team of engineers, data scientists, expert users and developers to deliver our new platform over the next 12 months.

We are at the mid-way point in the UK’s inaugural 10-year national drowning prevention strategy. Our collective ambition is to realise a 50% reduction in accidental drowning deaths by 2026. At the heart of the strategy are our collective injury data insights, centred on the Water
Incident Database (WAID), a jointly held registration system hosted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and members of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF).

You will be an experienced project manager with a deep understanding of technology, a track record of delivering platforms and data related solutions.

You will need to be comfortable working in a complex, multi-organisation environment, have an aptitude for working closely with both service users and senior leaders, and an ability to understand and meet diverse stakeholders’ needs. You will be able to translate these insights into the necessary deliverables and work packages.

We have recently completed a proof-of-concept exercise, and have a good understanding of our data model and architecture, clear views on preferred technologies, and an agreed governance stance, including our intention to deliver open data from the platform.

This project is sponsored by the NWSF, a network of more than 50 national organisations, including the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, UK Fire and Rescue Services, RoSPA, RLSS UK, sport governing bodies, local authorities, and major land and waterway owners. The NWSF is hosted by RoSPA.

This is a 12-month fixed-term contract. The successful candidate may have to undertake basic security vetting and will be employed by RoSPA. The role is predominantly home based, with occasional travel to cities within the UK. Interviews will be held w.c 12th November with a decision shortly thereafter.

We envisage a salary in the range of £75,000 p.a.

No agencies.

Please visit for more details and to apply for this role. For an informal discussion or more information, please contact Jenny James, Head of Human Resources, or David Walker, Head of Road and Leisure Safety.



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