Chair of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees - Anglian (Central), Thames; North West, South West, and Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committees

Body: Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCC)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various
Number of Vacancies: 5 Regional Chair vacancies as follows: Anglian (Central); Thames; North West; South West; and Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCCs)
Remuneration: £ 17,503 - Anglian (Central), Thames, North West, South West. £ 14,002 - Northumbria
Time Requirements: 5 days per month - Anglian (Central); Thames; North West; South West. 4 days per month - Northumbria RFCC


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Following a recruitment campaign for 5 Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) posts (Anglian Central, Northumbria, North West, South West and Thames), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is pleased to announce the following 4 RFCC Chairs’ appointments:
•Phil Rothwell as the Chair of the Northumbria RFCC
•Adrian Lythgo as the Chair of the North West RFCC
•Philip Rees as the Chair of the South West RFCC
•Professor Robert Van de Noort as the Chair of the Thames RFCC

Their appointments run from 1 September 2017 for 3 years until 31 August 2020.

Date: 07/09/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    20/03/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCC) are committees established by the Environment Agency under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 that bring 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

Person Specification

• Evidence of leadership skills, including the skills needed to chair a committee such as the ability to bring together different voices and balance interests to inform and stimulate discussion and provide strategic direction.

• Able to act both individually and with other RFCC Chairs as adviser, networker and critical friend for Defra, Environment Agency and wider government.

• Good understanding of, or demonstrates the commitment and capacity to learn and understand government priorities for flood and coastal risk management, particularly catchment approach to flood risk management.

• Ability to build collaborative relationships; effective partnership working with public and private sectors at a senior level, and across every section of the community.

• Expertise in financial decision making considering both risk and priority, with the ability to find cost effective solutions.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, especially those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently underrepresented on the Board. Defra operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form (1)
• Monitoring form (2)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on Monday 20th March 2017. Email to quoting reference PAPPT 029/16.

Please specify on your completed application form which area you wish to be considered for.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our advisers Carol Tidmarsh on 020 8026 2851 or Kilie Mpopo on 020 8026 3490. Preferable by email to:

1_ Advert
2_ Information pack for applicants
3_ Public Appointments Guidance notes
4_ Monitoring form (1)
5_ Monitoring form (2)
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