Priorities for flood protection in England: insurance, investment and resource management

Date: 1st December 2016

Location: Central London

This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: John Curtin, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency and Neil Hornby, Deputy Director, Flood Risk Management, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Following recent Parliamentary inquiries into recent winter flooding and future prevention strategies, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the future of England’s flood defences, and to examine UK flood insurance industry following the launch of the government-backed Flood Re insurance scheme in April 2016.

With the recent increase in the flood defence budget to £3bn over this Parliament, delegates will assess priorities for further developing flood defence infrastructure in at-risk areas. Sessions will also focus on local decision-making and emergency response strategies after severe flooding in the North of England in the winter of 2015 saw the establishment of the Cumbrian Floods Partnership, which is due to produce an Action Plan this summer with recommendations for local engagement and water resource management.

At this early stage, we are pleased to include presentations from John Curtin, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency; Neil Hornby, Deputy Director, Flood Risk Management, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Paul Cobbing, Chief Executive, National Flood Forum; Martin Kane, Chief Engineer, Severn Trent Water; Brendan McCafferty, Chief Executive Officer, Flood Re; Ian Parkhouse, Assistant Chief Officer Response & Resilience, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service; Innes Thomson, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Drainage Authorities and a speaker confirmed from HR Wallingford.

We are pleased that John Mc Nally MP, Member, Environmental Audit Select Committee and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Flood Prevention and Neil Parish MP, Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee have agreed to chair this seminar.

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