Regional Flood and Coastal Committees
Wessex RFCC covers a very diverse geographical area which forms the eastern part of the South West Peninsula, running along the south coast from Lyme Regis in the west to Christchurch in the east, along the Bristol Channel from Lynton to Thornbury, and stretching inland to Devizes.
The natural environment in Wessex is very special with a diverse range of habitats supporting a varied biodiversity. The marine environment is equally special with around a third of its coastal waters in marine protected areas.
Its coastlines are very different, and its wide range of drainage basins and rivers mean that Wessex is subject to coastal, fluvial, surface water and groundwater flooding. Multiple causes of flooding affect many locations in both urban and rural areas.
We’re committed to reducing flood risk in our area, making communities more resilient and adapting to the challenges of a changing climate. We can’t do this without our RFCC members. By joining our committee, you can help us achieve these goals.
We’re looking for candidates who:
- have an active interest in flood and coastal risk management
- can represent the interests of communities across our region
- come from a diverse range of backgrounds
- are impartial and not representatives of any particular organisation
You don’t have to be a technical expert or have specific qualifications to be a member. It’s your enthusiasm and commitment to your local community that is most important. However, an interest in the following areas could be useful in the role:
- local community flood forums or action groups
- climate change and associated flood risk
- spatial planning, engineering or construction
- business and economics
- asset management
- managing resilience and recovery
- farming and land management
Our vacancies and how to apply
You can apply by filling out our simple online application form.
Vacancy 1 & 2 – Independent members
We have 2 vacancies for general independent members. Both roles start on 1 April 2024. The closing date to apply is 26th November 2023.
Vacancy 3 – conservation member
We are also looking for an independent member with a background in conservation. This role starts on 31st March 2024. The closing date to apply is 26th November 2023.
In addition to the general skills listed above, conservation members should:
- have knowledge of nature conservation and wider environmental issues, environmental legislation and relevant plans and strategies
- provide an environmental perspective at committee meetings and help the committee understand the views of the conservation community
- provide a link between the committee and Natural England and other conservation organisations in the committee area