Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England - infrastructure, risk management and strategy priorities

Morning, Thursday, 4th April 2019

Central London


This seminar will be a timely opportunity to consider the priorities for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England.

Delegates will examine the effective use of green and grey infrastructure to manage flood risk following the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA), which recommended that water companies and local authorities provide joint plans to manage surface water flood risk, and highlighted the need for a long-term Government strategy and specific funding for flood risk management.

Areas for discussion include the utilisation of natural processes, construction of hard defences, ‘inappropriate’ housing developments, spatial planning, and development of new technologies such as temporary flood barriers.

Taking place during consultation on the new National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, and with the updated National Flood Risk Assessment (NFRA) for Scotland expected by December 2018, further sessions will assess priorities for the new strategy and the challenges of developing a NFRA - as well as lessons that can be learnt from flooding agencies across devolved regions of the UK.

We also expect discussion on the development and future scope of the flood insurance market for households and businesses following Flood Re.

Guest of Honour

Matt Crossman

Team Leader, National Infrastructure Commission

Guest of Honour

Matt Crossman

Team Leader, National Infrastructure Commission

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from the Environment Agency

Senior speaker confirmed from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Rosie Cooper MP

Member, House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee


Alex Plant

Regulation Director, Anglian Water Services

Aidan Kerr

Director of Operations, Flood Re

Diane Mitchell

Chief Environment Adviser, NFU

Innes Thomson

Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities

Paul Cobbing

Chief Executive, National Flood Forum

Bryan Harvey

Vice President, Utilities, Europe, Jacobs