North West 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 (LLFA) 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, LLFA, other risk management authorities, and other relevant bodies to build understanding of flood and coastal erosion risks in its area


Meeting dates

  • 15 July 2022 (to be held at Brockholes, near Preston)
  • 21 October 2022 (to be held at West Kirby)
  • 27 January 2023 (virtual)

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend as observers.

To attend a North West RFCC meeting contact the Environment Agency by emailing

Meeting papers

To request copies of agendas and papers of North West RFCC meetings, please contact the Environment Agency by emailing

Committee members

Member Organisation
Adrian Lythgo Chair
Cllr Keith Little Cumbria County Council
Cllr Stephen Clarke Lancashire County Council
Cllr Jane Hugo Blackpool Council
Cllr Alan Quinn Bury Council
Cllr David Meller Stockport Council
Cllr Tricia Ayrton Rochdale Council
Cllr Laura Crane Cheshire East Council
Cllr Matt Bryan Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cllr Elizabeth Grey Wirral Council
Neville Elstone Environment Agency appointee (General business and assurance)
Carolyn Otley Environment Agency appointee (Communities)
David Harpley Environment Agency appointee (Nature conservation)
Paul Barnes Environment Agency appointee (Agriculture and land management)
Suzana Ilic Environment Agency appointee (Coast)
Perry Hobbs Environment Agency appointee (Water industry)
Chris Findley Environment Agency appointee (Development and Sustainable Investment)
David Shaw Environment Agency appointee (Planning and design)
2 of the following members attend on a rotating basis:  
Cllr Ian Moncur Sefton Council
Cllr Tony Brennan Knowsley Council
Cllr Daniel Barrington Liverpool City Council

North West RFCC Business Plan 2022 to 2025

We’ve created a new business plan for 2022 to 2025. This plan translates the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for the North West and sets out the role the RFCC will play in enabling and supporting its implementation.

The plan recognises the need for the RFCC and its flood risk management authority partners to work more collaboratively with a wider range of partners and communities, and to develop and achieve shared objectives.

Read the North West RFCC Business Plan 2022 to 2025.

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