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Volunteers needed to join the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

The Environment Agency is looking for two new volunteers to join the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (Trent RFCC).

  • Call for talented individuals to help communities become more resilient to climate change
  • Committee works to decide local priorities for flood risk management
  • Work supports Environment Agency and local authorities in creating local partnerships to tackle flood risk

As the Environment Agency embarks on the next six-year period of investment to reduce the risk to over 300,000 homes and businesses across England, it is an exciting time to be joining the committee.

The committee would love to welcome talented and enthusiastic individuals from all backgrounds to join this important committee, to represent the diversity of communities and interests from across the area.

The committee is fundamental in deciding local priorities for flood risk management, approving programmes of work.

It helps to manage flood risk throughout the Trent water catchments across the East and West Midlands and contains major urban centres such as Birmingham, Stoke on Trent, Nottinghamshire and Leicester, as well as the dramatic landscapes of the Peak District and low-lying ground to North Nottinghamshire and the Isle of Axholme.

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It also supports the Environment Agency and local authorities in creating local partnerships to fund and deliver projects, while ensuring resilience and adaptation to the impacts of climate change are embedded throughout.

 These roles make a real difference to people’s lives, livelihoods and to the environment we live in.

Being an RFCC member is an exciting opportunity to guide local flood risk investment. While not a paid role, reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be covered.

The Trent RFCC is one of 12 statutory committees across the country that make key decisions on local priorities for flood and coastal risk management. A key role is making sure the aims of the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy are embodied within the committee’s decisions and to ensure consistency between strategic and local plans.

Vijith Randeniya, chair of the Trent RFCC, said:

 “As we look at the world ahead, we do so through a prism where many of our assumed views have been challenged or shattered. If we think back to 10 years ago, very few of the challenges we have faced in the past two years would have been foreseen or would have seemed likely.

“It is on that premise that we can predict, with some certainty, that the future holds challenges which are as of yet undefined and will need confronting together. Joining the RFCC as an independent member will give you an exceptional opportunity to influence and support the local investment to combat those challenges.”

Applications are welcome from individuals with an active interest in flood risk management and from a diverse range of backgrounds, with additional interest or experience in climate change and resilience, academia, catchment-based approaches, community engagement, land use and blue-green-grey infrastructure.

If you are interested in joining the Committee and would like to apply, please contact the Trent RFCC Secretariat, louise.townrow@environment-agency.gov.uk who will send you an application pack.

Closing date for applications is midnight Friday 24 June 2022.

The closing date is the 24th June and interviews are on the 11th July.

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