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Chair of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee reappointed to continue delivering in the face of climate change

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Climate Change Minister Julie James has today announced that the chair of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee, Martin Buckle, has been reappointed for a further three years.

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee (FCEC) was established in 2017. It provides advice on all aspects of flood and coastal risk management in Wales and supports Welsh Ministers and all Welsh risk management authorities.

Following a successful period, during very testing times, the FCEC chair, Martin Buckle, has built a strong working relationship with Committee members and host of wider stakeholders.

During his appointment, Mr Buckle has established two sub-committees to focus on specific improvements, which reflects his desire to progress delivery of flood and coastal erosion risk management in line with the direction set by Ministers.

Committee members were therefore unanimous in commending his work, and he has been reappointed to serve until August 2025.

The shear level of work being undertaken is evidenced in the FCEC third annual report, and additionally through monitoring and delivery of the committee’s workplan.

Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said:

“As the climate changes we are dealing with increasingly unpredictable weather throughout the year, which increases the risk of flooding and coastal erosion.

“Given this threat, I’m delighted Martin Buckle, with his knowledge and expertise, has agreed to continue to chair the Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee.

“Through the important work undertaken in his previous term, he has demonstrated his proficiency to deliver on priorities like reducing the risk to homes and businesses in the face of more frequent and severe floods, rising sea levels and faster rates of erosion of the coast.”

Notes to editors

National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Risk

The chair of the Committee is paid £256 per day with a time commitment of up to 72 days per annum, for a further tenure of 3 years.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the political activity of appointees (if any declared) to be published. Mr Buckle has not carried out any political activities in the last 5 years and does not hold any other ministerial appointments.