Geraint Davies has already been appointed as chairman to Flood Risk Management Wales. He is now joined by a team of leading experts to help develop a new strategy to manage flood risk across Wales.
The new appointees will join eight councillors representing the Welsh local authorities and two Environment Agency appointees. The new appointments are Professor Mark Macklin, Professor Roger Falconer, Jeremy Rhys Jones and Meurig Raymond who are appointed from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2010, and Michael Dolan and Roderick Heather are appointed from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2008.
Environment, planning and countryside minister Carwyn Jones said: 'I am very pleased that I now have a strong team to take forward the new vision of managing flood risk in Wales. I have every confidence that the newly constituted Flood Risk Management Wales team will deliver the right service to meet the challenges posed by climate change.'
Mr Davies said: 'Global warming and climate change are now generally understood but the possible risks to jobs, homes and natural habitats from flooding is not. We now have a top team in place to manage the increasing frequency and intensity of flooding caused by climate change. The cost of flood damage in Wales could grow from£70m to£1.4 billion by 2080. We will be shifting our focus beyond the traditional emphasis on building and maintaining flood defences and looking at how we best manage the land and ensure that local communities have their say. Our priority is to protect people and property from the growing risk of flooding and we now have the best team to help take forward the Welsh Assembly Government's Environment Strategy in relation to flood risk.'
Details of the minister's newly appointed members are as follows:
Professor Mark Macklin is from Aberystwyth in Ceredigion and is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Earlier this year he became Director of the Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research. Professor Macklin is a member of several committees dealing mainly with scientific studies and has co-written many books dealing with all aspects of the environment. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the new committee.
Professor Roger Falconer lives in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan and is the Halcrow Professor of Water Management, Leader at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Management at the School of Engineering as well as being Director of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre - all at Cardiff University. He is involved in research on a wide range of topics including flood inundation levels, design of temporary flood defences and flood risk management. Professor Falconer also sits on a number of flood-related committees both in the UK and internationally and he will be an invaluable member of the new committee.
Jeremy Rhys Jones is from Llandaff in Cardiff and is a Consultant Civil Engineer with his own company. For over 25 years he has been engaged on a wide range of projects including flood risk assessments and analyses. He has a background of involvement with sustainable drainage systems, sewer renovation, storm water storage and the technique of storing water and will be an asset to the new committee.
Meurig Raymond is a farmer residing near Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. He served as Chairman of the South West Wales Local Flood Defence Committee from 1993 and is currently Vice President of the National Farmers Union. As a farmer and landowner his experience in land management issues and flood risk management will be invaluable to the new committee and this appointment will ensure the continuity of his experience in all aspects of flooding matters.
Michael Dolan lives on Anglesey, North Wales and is a former County Secretary of the Farmers Union Wales, a Magistrate and a member of the Land Tribunal Wales. He is a member of several committees in the North Wales area which, among other things, deal with Objective 1 funding, environmental issues and coastal/maritime affairs. Mr Dolan was Chairman of the Gwynedd Local Flood Defence Committee from 1996 and will bring wide experience of environmental matters to the new committee.
Roderick Heather lives in Chester and is a Company Director in a firm of Management Consultants. He has a background of experience in business and as a government advisor will bring an understanding of strategy, economics and sustainability to the new committee. Mr Heather became Chairman of the Dee and Clwyd Local Flood Defence Committee in 2002 and, as a result of this and other interests, has developed a network of contacts in the North Wales area.
They join eight local government members, including two Leaders and four Cabinet members, representing the following local authority groupings:
-- North West Wales - Cllr Goronwy Edwards (Leader of Conwy)
-- North East Wales - Cllr Kevin Jones (Flintshire, Cabinet Member)
-- Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion - Cllr Keith Evans (Leader of Ceredigion)
-- Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Bridgend - Cllr Peter Rees (Neath Port Talbot Cabinet Member)
-- Cardiff & Vale - Cllr Geoffrey Cox (Vale of Glamorgan Cabinet Member)
-- Monmouthshire, Powys and Torfaen - Cllr Wynne Jones (Powys)
-- Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Newport Cllr John Guy - (Newport Cabinet Member)
-- Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff Cllr Dave Lewis (Merthyr Tydfil)
The Welsh Assembly Government has established Flood Risk Management Wales as the new statutory flood defence committee for Wales (replacing the Regional Flood Defence Committee Wales). It is an executive committee of Environment Agency Wales and is responsible for an annual spend of£32 million
Flood Risk Management Wales (the statutory regional flood defence committee) was established under Section 14 of the Environment Act 1995 and is an executive arm of the Environment Agency with responsibility for managing flood defence functions within Wales.
Under new arrangements, which came into effect from 1st April 2006, Flood Risk Management Wales will comprise eighteen members, eight of which are Assembly appointments (including the Chairman and Conservation Member), eight by, or on behalf of, local authorities and two by the Environment Agency.
The existing Conservation Member is Cllr John Williams whose appointment runs until 30th November 2008.
Members of Flood Risk Management Wales are unpaid but entitled to claim for travelling, subsistence and financial loss in accordance with the procedures set down in the Environment Agency's allowance for committee members.
None of the new appointees declared any political activity.