Thames 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



The members of the Thames RFCC are:

  • Chair: Robert Van De Noort
  • Steven Shuttleworth: independent member
  • Lawrence Gosden: independent member, Thames Water
  • Alastair Atkinson: independent member
  • Robert Oates: independent member
  • Andy Johnston: independent member
  • Valerie Owen: independent member
  • Elizabeth Goodman: independent member
  • Lindsey Ions: independent member
  • John Dora: independent member
  • Roland Grzybek: independent member
  • Peter Sims: independent member
  • Peter Ainsworth: board member
  • Dean Cohen: London councils (west partnership)
  • Alan Smith: London councils (south-east partnership)
  • Claudia Webbe: London councils (central-north partnership)
  • Nick Draper: London councils (south-west partnership)
  • Lynda Rice: London councils (north-east partnership)
  • Jennifer Brathwaite: London councils (central-south partnership)
  • Daniel Anderson: London councils (north partnership)
  • Andrew Stevenson: Hertfordshire Lead Local Flood Authority
  • Jesse Grey: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council
  • Yvonne Constance: Oxfordshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Councils
  • Bill Chapple : Buckinghamshire, Slough, Luton / Nhants County Council
  • Colin Kemp: Surrey County Council
  • Simon Walsh: Essex and Thurrock Councils

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

Minutes of last meeting

Thames RFCC minutes: January 2018 (PDF, 121KB, 10 pages)


Thames RFCC periodic report: 2011 to 2017 (PDF, 2.04MB, 20 pages)

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