Press release

Committee members needed to help shape future flood plans

The Environment Agency is currently recruiting for new independent members for the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC).

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Trent RFCC plays an important role in deciding local priorities, raising local levy funding and approving flood and coastal risk management work. Committee members also have a critical role in supporting the Environment Agency and Lead Local Flood Authorities, by working with communities and other partners to identify and bring in funding.

Applicants do not need to be technical experts in flood and coastal risk management, but some technical understanding in areas such as surface water flooding; finance; engineering and maintenance; natural approaches to flood risk management; communications and experience of local community flood forums or action groups would be beneficial. The committee meets 4 times a year at locations within the Trent catchment. Successful candidates will be required to attend additional meetings, including an induction session.

The Environment Agency is looking for enthusiastic members who can make a positive difference to communities, the environment and the local economy in the face of the challenge of our changing climate. This is an unpaid role, but reasonable expenses, including for travel, can be claimed.

The committee needs a balance of skills, knowledge and experience across its membership, such as an understanding of surface water flooding; agriculture, farming and land management; communications and experience of engagement with local community flood forums or action groups. The Environment Agency is also very keen to hear from people from ethnically diverse backgrounds in a bid to better reflect the rich multicultural diversity of the West and East Midlands.

There are currently 12 RFCCs in England. More information about the Trent RFCC and can be found at here.

Closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 24 April. Interviews will be held on Monday 11 May and Thursday 14 May at the Environment Agency’s Trentside offices in Nottingham.

To request an application pack, which can be sent to you by email or in the post, or for an informal chat, or more information contact Dhiren Katwa on 0121 711 5861 or email: Dhiren.Katwa@environment-agency.gov.uk.

Published 24 March 2015