Vacancy -- Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee Appointment of Member (Welsh Essential))

Vacancy details

Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee
Meetings to be held virtually and in various locations around Wales.
Unpaid, but Members are entitled to reimbursement of travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits.

Function of body


Section 81(1) of the Environment Act 2016 provides Welsh Ministers with the power to establish a Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee (the Committee). 

Committee’s Role

The purpose of the Committee is to advise Welsh Ministers on all flood and coastal erosion risk management matters in Wales, including awareness raising, preparation and community resilience to flooding.  The Committee will provide high level advice on the strategic direction of flood and coastal erosion risk management in Wales, working closely with Risk Management Authorities and the Welsh Government.

It is envisaged that the Committee will support the provision of advice to Welsh Ministers through a programme of advisory activity that may reflect both immediate and longer-term national priorities, including responding to consultations, identifying research needs and highlighting best practice in Wales and elsewhere.

Role description

Role description and person specification

Role and responsibilities

Members will be expected to:

  • Attend and take an active role in Committee meetings; members will be expected to commit to attending two to three committee meetings per year and take forward actions arising.
  • Keep abreast of paperwork and issues relating to the work of the Committee.
  • Attend and/or chair sub-committee meetings or meetings with stakeholders.
  • Contribute to any reports or documents produced on behalf of the Committee, as required.

Welsh language skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
Can read some routine work-related material with support e.g. dictionary
Can prepare routine work-related material with checking
Can understand routine work-related conversations
Can hold some work-related conversations

Person specification

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet the criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria


  1. A good understanding and appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of flood and coastal erosion stakeholders and relevant legislation and policy.

  2. Expertise in or around the field of flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM). This may include:

  • Technical expertise within the field of engineering, planning, geographic information systems (GIS).

  • Coastal and environmental management.

  • Operational response to flooding or supporting flood recovery.

  • Academic or wider FCERM experience.

Skills and behaviour

  1. Effective interpersonal and communications skills including a demonstrable ability to both engage with stakeholders and to contribute to, and influence, committee meetings.

  2. Demonstrable ability to analyse, debate and communicate flood issues with specialists and non-specialists alike, and to see the bigger picture on a Wales-wide scale.

  3. An understanding of diversity and equality issues.

Desirable Criteria

As the Committee is intended to cover a wide cross section of views and experiences candidates aren’t required to satisfy all of the desirable criteria.

Knowledge and experience

  1. Knowledge of Welsh Government funding and mechanisms.

  2. Understanding of potential investment opportunities outside Government funding.

  3. Understanding of Shoreline Management Plans in coastal risk management.

  4. Understanding of natural flood risk management.


  1. Ability to analyse data and research to inform recommendations.

  2. Ability to write reports.

Interview dates

27 March 2023
27 March 2023

Closing date

22/03/2023, 16:00

Additional information

Please note we are not planning to hold interviews for these appointments, which will be based on the findings of the panel following consideration of your application at shortlisting stage.

How to apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on

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This vacancy is closed to applications.