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Flood Committee Needs Yorkshire Coast Representative

Flood Committee Needs Yorkshire Coast Representative

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 30th December 2019.

The Environment Agency is recruiting for a new member of a committee that plays a vital part in shaping local flood and coastal management plans, as well as helping to influence environment policy.

The successful candidate will become the coastal lead member of the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC).

The committee plays an important role in deciding on local priorities for flood risk management, raising funding and approving work. Committee members play a critical role in supporting the Environment Agency and local authorities in delivering projects for communities vulnerable to all sources of flooding.

Yorkshire RFCC chair, Professor Colin Mellors said:

“There are 12 RFCCs in England and members of the committee play an important role in determining local priorities for investment in flood and coastal risk management, ensuring a joined-up approach among partners and raising local levies for flood alleviation schemes.

The coastal lead member role offers an exciting opportunity to play an important local role in guiding flood risk management activities across Yorkshire’s catchments but in particular, along the Yorkshire’s east coast shoreline.”

The region, consisting of five million people and a diverse geography, makes a substantial contribution to the national economy. At the same time, it is vulnerable to the risk of flooding from many sources; rivers, surface water, groundwater and includes some of the fastest eroding coastline in Europe.

Among the impacts of climate change are rising sea levels, increased storm frequency and changing wave patterns, meaning that managing coastal change will become an ever-increasing and important challenge within flood and coastal erosion risk management.

Oliver Harmar, Environment Agency Yorkshire area director said:

“We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed member to help us set the strategic priorities for managing flood risk throughout the Yorkshire area in the face of the challenge of our changing climate.

It is an opportunity to make a practical difference to people’s lives, businesses and to the environment in which we live.

The committee needs a balance of skills, knowledge and experience across their membership, and are looking for a member with particular interest or experience in: managing coastal erosion, understanding of the impact of climate change on coastal erosion, knowledge and understanding of Shoreline Management Planning processes, working with coastal communities and promoting the consumer voice, asset management and modelling, managing resilience and recovery, engineering and construction.”

Committee members do not receive a salary, but reasonable expenses are paid. RFCCs meet four times a year with potential additional work between meetings to help progress objectives set out in the RFCC’s business plan.

The deadline for applications Wednesday 8 January 2020, which will be followed by shortlisting on the 10 January and interviews on the 23 January.

More information about the YRFCC can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/yorkshire-regional-flood-and-coastal-committee.

 

 

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