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Chance to set flood defence agenda

Friday 11th January 2019

GOVERNMENT environment specialists are searching for candidates to play a pivotal role in defending communities from the onslaught of flooding.

The Environment Agency needs a new independent member of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) which covers Kent.

And it believes a reader living or working near the rivers Medway, Loose, Len, Beult or Teise could hold the answer.

The committees, spread across England, rule on local priorities for flood risk management, with members playing a crucial role in overseeing projects in areas vulnerable to flooding.

The agency says the position is voluntary. Members are appointed as impartial individuals in their own right, not as representatives of any particular organisation. And committees are handpicked to represent the communities they serve.

Simon Moody, from the Environment Agency, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to support all the authorities involved in dealing with flooding and to make a real difference. Members help create partnerships that fund and deliver projects for communities at risk of the devastating effects of flooding.”

The successful applicant would be expected to attend four committee meetings each year and would, in addition to having an active interest in flood risk management, ideally have additional skills they could bring to the role, like expertise in engineering, finance and accountancy, asset management, resilience and recovery, conservation, farming or business.

The closing date for applications is Friday, January 18.

For further information or to request an application pack, contact Jo Matthews at southernrfcc@environment-agency.gov.uk or by telephone 0203 0257 124.

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