English Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC)

The Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) is a committee established by the Environment Agency under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 that brings together members appointed by Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) and independent members with relevant experience for 3 purposes:

  • to ensure there are coherent plans for identifying, communicating and managing flood and coastal erosion risks across catchments and shorelines
  • to encourage efficient, targeted and risk-based investment in flood and coastal erosion risk management that represents value for money and benefits local communities
  • to provide a link between the Environment Agency, LLFAs, other risk management authorities, and other relevant bodies to build understanding of flood and coastal erosion risks in its area


Meeting dates

  • 18 July 2023
  • 17 October 2023
  • 16 January 2024

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend as observers. To attend a meeting or request copies of agendas and papers contact the Environment Agency by emailing ESWRFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk or call 0203 0251656.

Committee members

Member Organisation
Robert Pearce Interim chair
David Turner Environment Agency appointee
Chris Fulton Environment Agency appointee
Sanjay Johal Environment Agency appointee
Richard Grindle Environment Agency appointee
Mathieu Faure Environment Agency appointee
Councillor Patricia Hetherton Coventry City Council
Andrew Brett Staffordshire Council on behalf of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Councillor Vernon Smith Gloucestershire County Council
Councillor Philip Price Herefordshire Council
Councillor Ian Nellins Shropshire Council
Councillor Lee Carter Telford and Wrekin Council
Councillor Andy Crump Warwickshire County Council
Councillor Richard Morris Worcestershire County Council


Defra are currently recruiting for 3 RFCC Chairs for the English Severn and Wye, Thames and Wessex regions. You can find out more and apply on the public appointments website.

We don’t have any independent member vacancies available at present. However, if you are interesting in joining the RFCC you can register your interest by emailing us.

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