RFCCs are an important
part of the FCERM community, providing a link between government, risk management
authorities and the communities they serve.
The three RFCCs we are
appointing Chairs’ for are: English Severn and Wye, Thames and Wessex.
The English Severn and Wye RFCC covers an area of
approximately 11,500km and a population of 3.3 million. It follows the
England-Wales border and covers the counties of, or parts thereof,
Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Whilst it is predominately rural, with 77% of the land being used for
agriculture, it also includes major urban conurbations, such as Coventry,
Telford, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Worcester.
The Thames RFCC covers the river Thames catchment and
over a quarter of England’s population. It covers the counties of, or parts
thereof, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Kent,
London and Oxfordshire. This includes 54 lead local flood authorities, over a
third of all the lead local flood authorities in England, which are split into
13 partnership areas.
The Wessex RFCC covers the eastern part of England’s southwest
peninsula. It includes the Bristol and English channels, and covers the
counties of, or parts thereof, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Somerset and
Wiltshire. With a mix of rural and urban areas it includes the major
conurbations of Bristol, Bournemouth, Poole, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.
As Chair of one of these
RFCCs you will play a key role in working with local authority representatives,
water companies and other committee members, helping to steer
multi-million-pound investment in flood and coastal erosion risk management for
the benefit of homes, businesses and local communities.
You will work in
partnership to ensure that national policies and approaches are implemented
whilst taking account of local circumstances and needs. Skilled in bringing
together different voices and opinions, you will play a pivotal role in
approving capital and revenue investment programmes, raising local levies,
securing external contributions and ensuring effective community engagement.
To succeed in this
challenging role, you will need strong strategic leadership, chairing and
communication skills which bring together different voices, balance competing
interests and embrace equality, diversity and inclusion. You will have also
have a good understanding of how flood and coastal erosion risks affect local
communities, working closely with the public and private sectors to deliver
The Environment Agency is also currently undertaking a recruitment exercise to recruit Independent Members for six of the RFCCs. If you, or someone you know, is interested please visit the Environment Agency’s dedicated careers website for more information at: https://environmentagencycareers.co.uk/regional-flood-and-coastal-committees-16-10-23/.