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


Dates of next meetings

All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend, please contact us for details. Future dates are:

Friday 20 July 2018 (Newcastle)

Friday 26 October 2018 (Newcastle)


Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee agenda and papers Friday 20 April 2018

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The committee has published its annual report and business plan. Copies are available from

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
Steve Dickie Environment Agency appointee
Vacant Environment Agency appointee
John Riby Environment Agency appointee
Cllr Nick Oliver Northumberland County Council
Cllr Angela Surtees Durham County Council
Cllr Ged Bell Newcastle City Council
Cllr John McElroy Gateshead Council
Cllr Bob Carson Darlington Borough Council
Cllr Nancy Maxwell South Tyneside Council
Cllr Carole Burdis North Tyneside Council
Cllr Amy Wilson Sunderland City Council
Cllr Marjorie James Hartlepool Borough Council
Cllr Bob Norton Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Cllr Mike Smith Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Cllr Tracy Harvey Middlesbrough Council

The Environment Agency is seeking applications for an independent member to the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. For an information pack email or call us on 020 7714 0538.

Contact details