Our story

In 2012, a pair of researchers at the University of Bristol began discussing the significant obstacles that needed to be overcome in order to create truly comprehensive flood models that would transform the management and mitigation of global water risk for data-rich and data-scarce regions alike.

They examined the potential interconnectivity between cutting-edge research methods across hydrology, hydraulics, remote sensing and more, and in 2013, Fathom (then called SSBN) was formed. From the beginning, the aim was to create a data-driven, research-led company, providing transparent world-leading methods of understanding water risk.

Today, the company works with everyone from small organizations to government agencies to multinational corporations, across industries including humanitarian aid, insurance, international development, engineering, conservation and financial markets.

Academic research remains as important to us now as when we started. In the face of the increasing challenges posed by climate change, this commitment ensures we are providing our customers and partners with market-leading flood models based on the latest science.

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As of December 2023, we are now part of Swiss Re. The Swiss Re Group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from aging populations to cybercrime.

The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally.

Together, we are working to accelerate the development and delivery of world-leading solutions that will break through to new levels of risk resilience against water perils, providing greater value for all.

Our mission is to provide scientifically rigorous water and climate information for the benefit of businesses and communities worldwide.

Tackling the human and financial cost of flooding – The impact of Fathom’s work

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Addor
Principal Hydrologist

Dr Nans Addor

Bardsley
Marketing Executive – Financial Markets

Alex Bardsley

Barr
Project Manager

Alison Barr

Bates
Customer Success Manager

Joe Bates

Bates
Prof Paul Bates CBE FRS - Fathom Chairman
Chairman

Prof Paul Bates

Boulton
Software Engineer

Michael Boulton

Bridges
Head of Customer Success

James Bridges

Brine
Senior Software Developer

Malcolm Brine

Brown
Business Development Manager – Financial Markets

Luke Brown

Chuter
Senior Scientific Developer

Dr Stephen Chuter

Collings
Senior Coastal Model Developer

Tom Collings

Cooper
Senior Hydraulic Model Developer

Anthony Cooper

Davies
Software Engineer

Rhianwen Davies

Haigh
Global Coastal Flood Consultant

Prof Ivan Haigh

Hatchard
Senior Scientific Developer

Dr Simbi Hatchard

Haylock
Principal Catastrophe Model Developer

Dr Malcolm Haylock

Heffer
Head of Finance

Leigh Heffer

Himsworth
GIS Developer

Sam Himsworth

Hoch
Senior Hydrologist

Dr Jannis Hoch

Jones
Chief Product Officer

Dr Matthew Jones

Lamb
Senior Catastrophe Model Developer

Conor Lamb

Lewis
Head of Engineering

Gavin Lewis

Little
Miranda Little
Business Development Executive – Insurance

Miranda Little

Lord
Principal Climate Scientist

Dr Natalie Lord

Magyari
Finance Assistant

Barbara Magyari

Moraga
Senior Climate Scientist

Dr Jorge Sebastián Moraga

Muranyi
Office Manager

Judit Muranyi

Neal
Chief Scientific Advisor

Dr Jeff Neal

Nolte
IT Support Specialist

Gregory Nolte

Ogundele
Senior Software Engineer

Olumide Ogundele

Philpotts
Customer Success Manager

Iszy Philpotts

Pollard
Scientific Developer

Dr Oliver Pollard

Probyn
Mathematician

Izzy Probyn

Quinn
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Niall Quinn

Roberts
Head of Communications

Jessica Roberts

Rodríguez González
Head of IT

Josué Rodríguez González

Sampson
Software Engineering Team Lead

Nick Sampson

Sampson
Dr Christopher Sampson, Co-Founder and CTO at Fathom
Chief Technical Officer

Dr Christopher Sampson

Savage
Principal Hydraulic Model Developer

Dr James Savage

Slater
Business Development Manager – Engineering

Peter Slater

Smith
Dr Andrew Smith, COO and co-founder, Fathom
Chief Operations Officer

Dr Andrew Smith

Szucs
Head of People Operations

Jess Szucs

Talebi
Network and Cyber Security Manager

Ali Talebi

Taylor
Head of Marketing

Holly Taylor

Tout
Marketing Executive – Engineering

Cassie Tout

Uhe
Principal Scientific Developer

Dr Pete Uhe

Vardigans
Head of Insurance

Harry Vardigans

Vaughan
Chief Sales Officer & Head of ESG and Climate Risk

Karena Vaughan

Walton
Senior Digital Marketing and Operations Manager

Anna Walton

Whitfield
Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Whitfield

Wilkinson
Scientific Developer

Hamish Wilkinson

Wing
Dr Oliver Wing, Chief Research Officer, Fathom
Chief Research Officer

Dr Oliver Wing

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