Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Flood and coastal erosion risk management in England - infrastructure resilience and land use, insurance, and next steps for policy


This conference will discuss the next steps for flooding and coastal erosion risk management policy in England and adapting to the increased risks associated with climate change.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the way the new government approaches flooding policy as part of it commitment to adapt to the increased risks associated with climate change.

It comes with takes place with:

  • introduction to parliament of the Agriculture Bill,
  • £4bn investment in flood defences announced in the Queen’s Speech, and
  • the Committee on Climate Change highlighting the increased risk to the UK of winter rainfall and rising sea levels.

The conference is bringing together policymakers and key stakeholders - across communities and local authorities, land owners, and the engineering, agriculture, utilities, insurance and housing sectors.

Areas for discussion include:

Speakers and chair

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • David Cooper, Deputy Director, Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management, Defra;
  • Matt Crossman, Head of Resilience Study, National Infrastructure Commission;
  • Julie Foley, Director, Flood Risk Strategy & National Adaptation, Environment Agency;
  • Mark Hoban, Chair, Flood Re; and
  • Laura Hughes, Manager, General Insurance, Association of British Insurers.

Further confirmed speakers include: Richard Bramley, NFU Environment Forum; Fay Bull, AECOM; Daniel Cook, Ambiental; Dr Tim Fox IMechE; Jo Harrison, United Utilities; Heather Shepherd, National Flood Forum; Innes Thomson, Association of Drainage Authorities and Councillor Andrew Waller, City of York Council.

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group and Member, House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

The agenda

  • Implementing the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England;
  • Future-proofing critical infrastructure - the National Infrastructure Commission’s Resilience Study;
  • Delivering the FCERM strategy for England - flood resilience infrastructure, land use, natural flood management, and community engagement;
  • Update on Flood Re - encouraging a ‘build back better’ approach, supporting resilience measures, and next steps following the five yearly (Quinquennial) review;
  • Planning sustainable developments and implementing strategic flood risk assessments;
  • Case study: future proofing new housing developments;
  • Developing farmland flood resistance - protecting, restoring and accounting for farm valuation;
  • Protecting coastal industrial infrastructure - increasing awareness of sea level rise and the engineering challenges, and updating design codes; and
  • Next steps for flooding policy - adapting to climate change, funding arrangements and protecting communities.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: CCC; Defra; MHCLG; NAO; Ofwat; ORR; The Coal Authority; UK Space Agency and the Welsh Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates