Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC)

Role of the 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

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


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
  • Rob Shore: independent member
  • Andy Johnston: independent member
  • Valerie Owen: independent member
  • Phiala Mehring: independent member
  • Lindsey Ions: independent member
  • John Dora: independent member
  • Roland Grzybek: independent member
  • Peter Sims: independent member
  • Peter Zinkin: London councils (west partnership)
  • Denise Scott-McDonald: London councils (south-east partnership)
  • Vacant: London councils (central-north partnership)
  • Julia Neden-Watts: London councils (south-west partnership)
  • Syed Ghani: London councils (north-east partnership)
  • Richard Livingstone: London councils (central-south partnership)
  • Jon Burke: London councils (north partnership)
  • Adam Mitchell: Hertfordshire Lead Local Flood Authority
  • Ewan Larcombe: Wokingham, West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest, Hampshire, Reading and Windsor and Maidenhead Councils
  • Yvonne Constance: Oxfordshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Councils
  • Bill Chapple: Buckinghamshire, Slough, Luton and Central Bedfordshire Councils
  • Mike Goodman: Surrey County Council
  • Simon Walsh: Essex and Thurrock Councils

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

Meeting papers

Thames RFCC meeting papers: October 2019 (PDF, 4.97MB, 138 pages)

Minutes of last meeting

Thames RFCC minutes: July 2019 (PDF, 334KB, 11 pages)


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)

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