Chairs of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

Body: Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various
Number of Vacancies: Four Regional Chair vacancies as follows: Anglian (Central); Anglian (Eastern); Severn and Wye; and Southern
Remuneration: £17,503 p.a.
Time Requirements: 5 days per month


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

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is pleased to announce the following four Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) Chair appointments: Brian West Stewart as the Chair of the Anglian (Central) RFCC, Paul Hayden as the Chair of the Anglian (Eastern) RFCC, Shirel Stedman as the Chair of Severn and Wye RFCC, and Dr Martin Hurst as the Chair of Southern RFCC.

Brian West Stewart’s appointment runs from 2 January 2018 for three years until 1 January 2021. The remaining appointments will run from 1 July 2018 for three years until 30 June 2021.

We have also re-appointed four RFCC Chairs for a further three years from when their current terms end on 30 June 2018: Eddy Poll as the Chair of Anglian (Northern) RFCC, Vij Randeniya as the Chair of Trent RFCC, David Jenkins as the Chair of Wessex RFCC, Colin Mellors as the Chair of Yorkshire RFCC. Their terms will continue to run from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2021.

Date: 09/01/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    13/11/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    4 December (pm) 8 and 15 December

  • Announcement


Shortlisting: November


Assessment Panel

  • Robert Caudwell Added 25/10/2017

    Panel Chair

    Vice Chair of the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Richard MacDonald Added 25/10/2017

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Chair of the Environment Agency • Representative of Organisation

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  • Margaret Paren Added 25/10/2017

    Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority (NPA) • Independent Member

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  • Georgina Collins Added 01/11/2017

    Defra - Deputy Director, Floods and CBRN Risk Management • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is looking to appoint Chairs to the Environment Agency’s Anglian (Central), Anglian (Eastern), Severn and Wye and Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCCs).

RFCCs bring together representatives of local councils and the Environment Agency to oversee a multi-million pound programme of work to protect homes and businesses. As Chair, you will lead the way in setting regional strategic priorities for managing flood and coastal erosion risk in partnership with others. Skilled in bringing together different voices and opinions, you will play a pivotal role in approving capital and revenue investment programmes, raising local levies, securing external contributions and ensuring effective community engagement. Experience in a public facing role, with public accountability will be important.

To succeed in this challenging role, you will need to harmonise diverse interests and objectives with fairness to ensure this important work is done effectively. This calls for strong leadership, chairing and communication skills, plus a diplomatic approach. In many ways you will be a sounding board for professional opinion – acting as an adviser and critical friend. You’ll understand how flood and coastal risk affects local communities; and operating at the highest level, you’ll have the credibility to work closely with the public and private sectors to deliver results.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

• Ability to provide effective leadership to the Committee, bringing together different voices and balancing competing interests at committee meetings, as well steering the Committee’s overall strategic direction.

• Ability to work both individually and collaboratively as part of a national team of RFCC chairs with diverse expertise and specialisms. Able to act as a critical friend for Defra, Environment Agency and wider government. Experienced councillors, whether currently serving or previously serving, will be welcomed to diversify the range of expertise among the RFCC Chairs.

• Good understanding of (or the capacity to learn about) flood and coastal risk priorities, decision-making and implications, improving local democratic involvement and national policy and how to influence them.
• Experience of effective leadership in a public facing role with public accountability. You will be a confident and effective communicator, with the ability to engage and influence all sections of the community, and work in partnership with public and private sectors at a senior level.

• Ability to make effective strategic financial decisions at a senior level, taking into account economic, environmental, political and social factors, alongside financial and value for money considerations.
Chairs must also uphold and be seen to uphold the 7 principles of public life.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.

How to Apply

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

All candidates are required to complete the Public Appointments monitoring form. Your personal data will always be treated in confidence and when anonymised with data from other applicants will help compile the Annual Statistical Bulletin of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Your CV, statement of suitability and supporting forms should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12 Noon on Monday 6 November 2017. Email to quoting reference APPT 11-17.

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

1_RFCC Chairs advert
2_Information pack
3_Monitoring form 1
4_Monitoring form 2
5_Public Appointments Guidance notes
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