Applications open for Regional Flood and Coastal Committees

14 November 2022

Flooding on the River Don in South Yorkshire

The EA's (Environment Agency) are looking for members to join their Regional Flood and Coastal Committees and become a voice for their community. Read on to find out how you can apply and make a difference in your local area. 

This is an opportunity for members with an interest in flood management to represent the views of their local community and beyond, and to be part of the force for change, helping to protect people's homes and livelihoods from the damage caused by flooding. 

What do the RFCCs do?

The RFCCs (Regional Flood and Coastal Committees) provide individuals with the opportunity to influence local priorities for flood risk management in their area.

The committees were founded by the EA under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. They play a crucial role in guiding management activities within river catchments and coastal areas and in helping to protect communities from flooding and coastal erosion. Their principal aim is to help the EA and partners “to understand local issues better, and to balance local and national priorities.”

Each committee is made up of local authority members, appointed by the LLFAs (Lead Local Flood Authorities) and independent members, appointed by the EA.

Influencing decisions in your area

The EA must consult with RFCCs about FCRM (Flood and Coastal Risk Management) work in their region and take their comments into consideration. The committees approve the annual programme of FCRM work in their region and set the local levy and international drainage board precepts that fund FCRM activities within the region that are a local priority.

Becoming a RFCC will allow you to play a crucial role in steering the priorities for your local community; responsibilities range from everything to approving projects to help protect homes from flood risks, to ensuring the resilience of local communities and forging partnerships to help fund projects. 

Who can apply?

The EA welcome applications from enthusiastic individuals from all backgrounds to join the RFCCs. You do not need formal qualifications for most of these roles.

What roles are available?

A number of roles are available across England, with starting dates between now and December 2023. The deadline for all roles closes on the 4 of December 2022.

The regions with vacancies are listed below:

  • Anglian Eastern RFCC
  • Anglian (Great Ouse) RFCC
  • Northumbria RFCC
  • South West RFCC
  • Southern RFCC
  • Thames RFCC
  • Trent RFCC
  • Wessex RFCC
  • English Severn and Wye RFCC

How to apply

You can apply to become a RFCC member by sending a copy of your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

You can read more about each individual role here and read the candidate pack for more information on how to apply.

If you are interested in applying for a role, please contact your regional NFU office, who can help support you in your application.

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