Key Points
  • Exploring the Policy Landscape around National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy: Outlining how the new strategy will shape FCERM looking forward to 2050 and beyond
  • Planning for Floods and Identifying Risks: Exploring Local Authority plans across the UK and identifying what long-term strategies can be put in place to ensure that at-risk areas can be better protected
  • How to Effectively Engage with the Public over Flood Resilience: Ensuring that public awareness, participation and community support are essential components of sustainable flood risk management processes
  • Ensuring an integrated approach to land use and its implications for water management: Exploring the relationship between Natural Solutions, Natural Processes and Trees and Water Management


Overview
Confirmed Speakers
  • Keynote: Stuart Roberts, NFU Vice President
  • Heather Shepherd MBE, Flood Recovery & Community Support Specialist, National Flood Forum
  • Professor John Moverley OBE, Chairman of the Amenity Forum & Chairman of the West Midlands Forestry & Woodlands Advisory Committee
  • Mary Dhonau OBE, Chief Executive, Know Your Flood Risk
  • Leonie Cooper, Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee, London Assembly
  • Steve Wragg, Flood Risk Manager, York City Council
  • Bronwyn Buntine, Chair, Association of SuDS Authorities & Surface Drainage Team Leader, Kent County Council
  • David Mitchell, Senior Manager, Somerset Rivers Authority
  • Andrew McGill, CEO, Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board (LMDB)
  • Dr. Monica Rivas Casado, Environment Programme Director, Cranfield University
  • Ian Moodie, Technical Officer, ADA
  • Joshua Wells, Project Manager, Trent Rivers Trust & Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University


Around 5 million people live in flood risk areas in England and Wales. * Recent reports of flooding incidents across the UK highlight the damaging effect floods have on communities and homes.

It is therefore of paramount importance that policy makers place flood risk at the forefront of their agenda. The 2019 consultation on the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England underpins the state of play in this area. While the strategy is a positive step, there is still scope for stakeholders to make a difference to government policy and help develop the UK’s Flood resilience to become a fully integrated strategy.

Westminster Insight’s timely forum on Developing the UK’s Flood Resilience will bring together leading voices from the flood risk management sector, welcoming Heather Shepherd MBE, from the Flooding Forum, Mary Dhonau OBE from Know your Flood Risk and Stuart Roberts, NFU Vice President.

The forum will explore the policy landscape surrounding flooding by analysing recent government legislation. There will also be a focus on the role of local authorities, and you will learn about effective community engagement strategies, multi-agency collaborations and technological developments in the field.

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:15
Registration and Networking

 

09:15 - 09:30
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

09:30 - 10:05
Keynote Address: Exploring the Policy Landscape around National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy

 
  • Outlining how the new strategy will shape FCERM looking forward to 2050 and beyond
  • What can central government do to support local authorities more with flood risk management 
  • Exploring how farming has been impacted by volatile weather events, therefore highlighting the importance of internal drainage boards 
  •  Why the government must have policies in place to protect a future supply of clean water

    Questions and Answers with Delegates: 09:55-10:05


Speakers

Stuart Roberts NFU Vice President

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10:05 - 10:45
Planning for Floods and Identifying Risks

 
  • Exploring Local Authority plans across the UK and identifying what long-term strategies can be put in place to ensure that at-risk areas can be better protected
  • Ensuring that Local Authorities are equipped and ensuring that staff are appropriately and adequately trained for dealing with flood risk
  • Seeking examples of local initiatives funded from sources other than the public sector and what could be done to help these types of initiatives succeed



Speakers

Steve Wragg Flood Risk Manager, City of York Council

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Leonie Cooper London Assembly Member, Merton and Wandsworth

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10:45 - 11:15
Panel Session: How to Effectively Engage with the Public over Flood Resilience?

 
  • Ensuring that public awareness, participation and community support are essential components of sustainable flood risk management processes
  • Exploring methods to help raise awareness of flood risk with the general public and improving access to information
  • Understanding perceptions and attitudes to flood risk and acknowledging past experiences of floods

Speakers

Mary Dhonau OBE Chief Executive, Know Your Flood Risk

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Heather Sheperd MBE Flood Recovery & Community Support Specialist, National Flood Forum

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11:15 - 11:45
Networking Break

 

11:45 - 12:15
Keynote Address: An integrated approach to land use and its implications for water management

 
  • How to ensure we don’t treat risks in isolation from one another
  • Exploring the relationship between Natural Solutions, Natural Processes and Trees and Water Management
  • Planting trees in the right place to provide carbon capture, improve soil productivity and help with drainage 

    Questions and answers with delegates: 12:05 - 12:15

Speakers

Professor John Moverley OBE

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12:15 - 12:55
Panel Session: Establishing Effective Multi-Agency Partnerships in Flood Risk Management

 
  • Establishing an Integrated approach to Flood Risk Management to ensure local authorities, agencies and the voluntary sector are best prepared to respond the effects of flooding
  • Assessing what data can be shared between the different agencies and ensuring accessible communication for all agencies involved

Speakers

Bronwyn Buntine Chair, Association of SuDS Authorities & Sustainable Drainage Team Leader, Kent County Council

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Joshua Wells Project Manager, Trent Rivers Trust & PhD student, Nottingham Trent University

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David Mitchell Senior Manager, Somerset Rivers Authority

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12:55 - 13:25
Technological Developments

 
  • Assessing the use of emergent technologies such as drones to assess flood damaged areas to help with insurance claim assessments
  • Analysing how surface water modelling techniques are carried out and what would be the preferred approach to mitigate flooding from this source

    Questions and answers with delegates: 13:15 - 13:25

Speakers

Dr. Monica Rivas Casado Environment Programme Director, Cranfield University

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13:25 - 13:30
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Bronwyn Buntine Chair, Association of SuDS Authorities & Sustainable Drainage Team Leader, Kent County Council

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Leonie Cooper London Assembly Member, Merton and Wandsworth

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Mary Dhonau OBE Chief Executive, Know Your Flood Risk

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Andrew McGill CEO, Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board

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David Mitchell Senior Manager, Somerset Rivers Authority

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Professor John Moverley OBE

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Dr. Monica Rivas Casado Environment Programme Director, Cranfield University

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Stuart Roberts NFU Vice President

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Heather Sheperd MBE Flood Recovery & Community Support Specialist, National Flood Forum

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Joshua Wells Project Manager, Trent Rivers Trust & PhD student, Nottingham Trent University

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Steve Wragg Flood Risk Manager, City of York Council

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Venue details

Central London


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