Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for flood and coastal erosion risk management

Morning, Tuesday, 30th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine policy priorities for tackling flooding and coastal erosion following the launch of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy (FCERM) and in light of the long-term challenges being faced around climate change, investment, infrastructure, and research.

It will be a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy Action Plan 2021 and assess the progress made in meeting its key objectives so far, as well as how priorities for flood and coastal erosion risk management dovetail with wider policy priorities, such as the National Infrastructure Strategy.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Georgina Collins, Director of Floods and Water, Defra; Julie Foley, Director of Flood Risk Strategy and National Adaptation, Environment Agency; and Keith Davis, Director, Defra Value for Money, National Audit Office.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • priorities emerging from the Flood Action Plan and Climate Change Risk Assessment
  • engaging key stakeholders in shaping policy, setting effective guidance for industry, and meeting long-term needs for adaptation building
  • public investment in flood prevention and ways of leveraging private investment channels
  • the role of plans to ‘Build Back Greener’ in strengthening flood resilience, taking forward innovative methodologies and assessments, and developing infrastructure
  • maintaining climate change research capacity and developing innovative, long-term solutions to combat the increase and severity of flooding
  • the future of flooding reinsurance and developing effective insurance regimes for households, businesses, and local authorities


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons Library and officials from BEIS; Climate Change Committee; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Department for Transport; Natural England; and the National Infrastructure Commission. Also due to attend are representatives from British Geological Survey; Central Bedfordshire Council; Coastal Housing Group; East Suffolk Council; Environment Agency; Natural England; SKANSKA; UK Centre of Ecology & Hydrology; University of St Andrews; and Water Research Centre.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from The Environment Magazine.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from infrastructure developers and managers, water companies, drainage authorities, councils, engineers, consultants, flood-awareness bodies, housing developers, land managers, residents groups, insurers and the construction industry, and rural industry representatives, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Keith Davis

Director, Defra Value for Money, National Audit Office

Keynote Speakers

Georgina Collins

Director of Floods and Water, Defra

Julie Foley

Director of Flood Risk Strategy and National Adaptation, Environment Agency

Keith Davis

Director, Defra Value for Money, National Audit Office


Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group


Max Tant

Flood and Water Manager, Kent County Council

Terry Fuller

Chief Executive, CIWEM

Andy Bord

Chief Executive, Flood Re

Innes Thomson

Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities

Paul Cobbing

Chief Executive, National Flood Forum

Richard Bramley

Chair, Environment Forum, NFU

Daniel Johns

Head of Public Affairs, Anglian Water Services

Ruth Goodall

Technical Director, AECOM