Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC)

Role of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

The Regional Flood and Coastal Committee was established by the Environment Agency under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. It brings together members appointed by Lead Local Flood Authorities 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, Lead Local Flood Authorities, other risk management authorities, and other relevant bodies to build understanding of flood and coastal erosion risks in its area

Composition of the committee

This confirms the composition for the committee established for the Thames region from April 2021.

  1. A Chair appointed by the minister.
  2. 11 persons appointed by the Environment Agency.
  3. The members appointed by, or on behalf of, each Constituent Authority or Group of Constituent Authorities as set out below.
Constituent Authority Number of members of the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to be appointed by, or on behalf of, each Constituent Authority or Group of Constituent Authorities
Buckinghamshire Council, Luton Borough Council, Slough Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)
Essex County Council and Thurrock Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of Essex County Council representing this group of Constituent Authorities)
Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council, Wokingham Borough Council and West Sussex County Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)
Oxfordshire County Council; Swindon Council, Gloucestershire County Council, West Northamptonshire Council, Warwickshire County Council and Wiltshire Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council representing this group of Constituent Authorities)
Hertfordshire County Council 1 member
Surrey County Council 1 member
Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council, Havering Council and Redbridge Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)
Barnet London Borough Council, Brent London Borough Council, Ealing London Borough Council, Harrow London Borough Council, Hillingdon London Borough Council and Hounslow London Borough Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)
Bromley London Borough Council, Bexley London Borough Council, Greenwich London Borough Council and Lewisham London Borough Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)
Lambeth London Borough Council and Southwark London Borough Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)
Enfield London Borough Council, Hackney London Borough Council, Haringey London Borough Council, Newham London Borough Council, Tower Hamlets London Borough Council and Waltham Forest London Borough Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)
Camden London Borough Council, Westminster City Council, City of London, Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council, Islington London Borough Council and Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)
Croydon London Borough Council, Kingston-upon-Thames Royal Borough Council, Merton London Borough Council, Richmond-upon-Thames London Borough Council, Sutton London Borough Council and Wandsworth Borough Council 1 member (appointed by, or on behalf of, this group of Constituent Authorities)

Map and coverage

The committee area stretches from:

  • Oxfordshire and Swindon to London and Essex
  • Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire to Surrey and Hampshire

This is an area particularly vulnerable to the risks of flooding from multiple sources such as:

  • rivers
  • tidal Thames
  • surface water
  • reservoirs
  • ground water

Vacancies

The Environment Agency is currently recruiting 2 new members for the Thames RFCC. The new members will help shape local plans and influence the future of the environment.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with risk management authorities and others to help create new partnerships. These partnerships will reduce the impact of flooding in local communities.

We are looking for people with expertise in:

  • managing flood risk in communities
  • climate change and associated flood risk
  • economics (including the value of the environment and wider society benefits)
  • general flood and coastal risk management

We are flexible in the roles the 2 new members will fill. We need a mix of specialist interests across the whole RFCC membership.

The roles are unpaid. You will need to travel to London occasionally, but you can claim reasonable expenses.

Find out about flooding priorities for the Thames in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

For more information, to apply or for an informal chat please contact either:

  • Robert Van de Noort (Committee Chair)
  • Claire Bell (Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk Manager)

Email them at thamesRFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 6 May 2022.

Members

The members of the Thames RFCC are:

  • Chair: Robert Van De Noort
  • Alastair Atkinson: independent member
  • John Dora: independent member
  • Fiona Hewer: independent member
  • Andrew Johnston: independent member
  • Paul Leonard: independent member
  • George Mayhew: independent member, Thames Water
  • Phiala Mehring: independent member
  • Valerie Owen: independent member
  • Rob Shore: independent member
  • Steven Shuttleworth: independent member
  • Peter Sims: independent member
  • Cllr James Asser: London councils (north partnership)
  • Cllr David Cannon: Wokingham, West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest, Hampshire, Reading and Windsor, Maidenhead Councils and West Sussex Lead Local Flood Authority
  • Cllr Syed Ghani: London councils (north-east partnership)
  • Cllr Kevin Deanus: Surrey County Council
  • Cllr Sarah Merrill: London councils (south-east partnership)
  • Cllr Caroline Clapper: Hertfordshire Lead Local Flood Authority
  • Cllr Julia Neden-Watts: London councils (south-west partnership)
  • Cllr Catherine Rose: London councils (central-south partnership)
  • Cllr Andrew Sheldon: Essex and Thurrock Councils
  • Cllr Jilly Jordan: Buckinghamshire, Slough, Luton and Central Bedfordshire Councils
  • Cllr Pete Sudbury: Oxfordshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Councils
  • Cllr Johnny Thalassites: London councils (central-north partnership)
  • Cllr Peter Zinkin: London councils (west partnership)

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

Meeting papers and minutes of meetings

For copies of meeting papers or minutes of meetings email ThamesRFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk.

Reports

We have the following reports:

  • Thames RFCC periodic report: 2011 to 2017 (PDF, 2.04MB, 20 pages)
  • River Thames catchment: sharing learning from Natural Flood Management (PDF, 1.52MB, 23 pages)

If you would like a copy of a report please email ThamesRFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk.

Contact details

ThamesRFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk