Northumbria 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


Date of next meeting

Thursday 9 July 2020

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 Committee Secretariat.


If you would like a copy of the most recent agenda and/or papers, then please contact

Committee members

Member Organisation
Phil Rothwell (Chair) Defra appointed
Hugh Clear-Hill Environment Agency appointee
James Copeland Environment Agency appointee
Jim Cokill Environment Agency appointee
Ed Rollason Environment Agency appointee
Antony Braithwaite Environment Agency appointee
Stewart Rowe Environment Agency appointee
Cllr Nick Oliver Northumberland County Council
Cllr Bill Kellett Durham County Council
Cllr Clare Penny-Evans Newcastle City Council
Cllr John McElroy Gateshead Council
Cllr Matthew Snedker Darlington Borough Council
Cllr Joan Atkinson South Tyneside Council
Cllr Carole Burdis North Tyneside Council
Cllr Michael Mordey Sunderland City Council
Cllr Marjorie James Hartlepool Borough Council
Cllr Barry Hunt Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Cllr Mike Smith Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Cllr Jon Rathmell Middlesbrough Council

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