Non Executive Directorships

Chair of Anglian (Eastern) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

Location: Various locations

Date Posted: 20/02/2021

Closing Date: 26/03/2021

£17,941 for 5 days per month

Vacancy Description

Are you passionate about taking the lead in reducing flood and coastal erosion risk?

If so, this is an exciting opportunity to help reduce the risk of flooding for thousands of homes and businesses and reduce the risk of coastal erosion along one of England’s most dynamic coastlines. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is looking to appoint the Chair to the Environment Agency’s Anglian (Eastern) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC).

RFCCs bring together representatives of local councils and the Environment Agency to oversee a multi-billion pound programme of work to protect local communities, homes, businesses and services, as well as boosting resilience to reduce impacts on people, environment and the economy. As Chair, you will work in partnership to ensure that national policies and approaches are implemented whilst taking account of local circumstances and needs. 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. Taking full account of the government’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Policy Statement and the Environment Agency’s FCERM Strategy 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 affect 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.

The Chairs are responsible for:

• Ensuring that the Committee effectively carries out its statutory responsibilities and provides a constructive forum for performance monitoring and the provision of advice.

• Reporting to the local Environment Agency Area Director, Environment Agency Board and Defra annually.

• Ensuring Committee members are able to contribute and play an effective role in the Committee.

• Providing advice on local flood risk and coastal erosion risk issues and address concerns raised.

• Providing a key link between Defra, the Environment Agency and partner organisations within their areas. For this reason applicants who live or work within the relevant Committee area will find it easier to carry out the role.

• Setting strategic direction for the Committee, including contributing to national discussions on flood and coastal erosion management, taking full account of the government’s FCERM Policy Statement and Environment Agency’s FCERM Strategy.

Person Specification

Applicants should be able to demonstrate all of the following:

• Ability to provide effective leadership to the Committee, bringing together different voices and balancing competing interests at committee meetings, as well as 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.

• 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 and demonstration of public accountability whilst in a public facing or private sector role. 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.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit their:

• CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees

• Statement of suitability. The statement of suitability should give evidence of strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the essential criteria (max two pages please);

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

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 and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 17:00 on 26th March 2021. Email to publicappts@defra.gov.uk quoting reference APPT11-20.

For further information please email: carol.tidmarsh@defra.gov.uk and kilie.mpopo@defra.gov.uk

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