Flooding remains one of the most pressing and recurrent natural disasters affecting communities in the UK, with 5.2 million properties finding themselves located in flood risk areas according to data the Environment Agency. The increasing threat of climate change has also exacerbated the risk that faces local communities. As a consequence of this, the Government has announced a new six-year capital investment programme, which promises to commit to better protect 336,000 properties and avoid wider economic damage through 2,000 new flood defence projects. Local authorities must also work in partnership with local stakeholders, to develop proactive and sustainable flood action plans which reduce the human and economic costs of flooding.

  • As of 2023, 3.4 million properties are now at risk of surface water flooding (Environment Agency)
  • Expenditure on flood and coastal erosion risk management increased from £777 million in 2018, to £1.063 billion in 2021 (Office for National Statistics, 2023)
  • 25% of flooding occurs outside areas formally designated as being flood prone (Reach and Rescue)

Join us at The Flooding Conference 2024: Resilience, Management and Response, to hear the latest policy and guidance for developing effective local flood defence and resilience measures. You will hear high level keynotes on strategies to champion the voice of flood risk communities as well as a update on the national efforts to increase flood resilience. In addition, this event will showcase best practice case studies on developing sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS), improving flood warning systems and using green infrastructure to mitigate flooding. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from a range of sectors to share common challenges and discuss solutions.

Why Attend:

Hear the latest updates on the current government policy to improve national flood defence
Gain tools and strategies to improve partnership working with communities and other agencies
Engage with best practice on local authority plans for flood defence and recovery
Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the public sector involved with emergency relief and response

8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Dr Mónica Rivas Casado, Reader in Environmental Systems Engineering, Cranfield University (CONFIRMED)


  • Keynote: Government Update: Improving National Efforts to Increase Flood Resilience

    • Outlining the latest updates on major national projects to increase flood resilience around the country
    • Environmental Improvement Plan: sharing government plans to invest in natural flood management whilst tackling climate change and enhancing nature
    • Insights into new funding opportunities through the capital investment programme for flood and coastal defence
    • Reflections on addressing regional disparities when ensuring comprehensive protection for all communities affected by flooding

    Kris Carr, Head of Flood and Water Emergencies, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (invited)

  • Keynote: Implementing Robust Strategies to Champion the Voice of Flood-Risk Communities

    • Launching flood surgeries and exhibitions to raise awareness of the risks that flooding poses to communities
    • Best practice for helping residents prepare for flooding by facilitating community flood action groups
    • Post-flood support: working in partnership with those affected by flooding to rebuild their lives and businesses

    Tracey Garrett, Chief Executive, National Flood Forum (invited)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers Session

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Establishing Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) To Alleviate the Risk of Flooding

    • Developing innovative systems to establish a model for enhancing resilience flooding in urban areas
    • Community engagement: utilising local schools and community groups to help install SuDS
    • Incorporating native plants and vegetation into SuDS to promote biodiversity and reduce pollution
    • Strategies for retrofitting SuDS in existing built-up areas: identifyinf suitable sites and minimising disruption
    • Recommendations for maintenance and monitoring to ensure long-term effectiveness of SuDs

    Rachel Glossop, Flood Risk Planning Manager, Kingston upon Hull City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Mitigating Flood Risk Through Housing Planning Policies

    • Tips to safeguard essential land current, or future flood management needs
    • Practical guidance on using new housing developments to reduce the causes and impacts of flooding
    • Collaborating with local stakeholders to develop comprehensive flood risk plans addressing local challenges
    • Sharing effective strategies to help housing organisations offset risks that can occur during flooding

     Hugh Ellis, Policy Director, Town & Country Planning Association (invited)

  • Case Study: Adopting a Cutting-Edge Approach to Improve Flood Warning Systems in Rural Communities

    • Working collaboratively across local and central government to develop an innovative AI flood warning system
    • Sharing support and guidance for rural catchment communities who are disproportionately challenged in managing flood risk
    • Practical tips to provide both greater resilience to flooding in both individual residents and whole communities
    • Utilising new technology to monitor existing flood management assets, and adapt them to maximise performance

    Cllr Colin Horncastle, Cabinet Member for Looking After Our Environment, Northumberland County Council (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Lunch Break

  • Panel: Working in Partnership to Deliver a Multi-Agency Response to Flooding

    • Key tips on effectively sharing expertise and resources to optimise response and recovery efforts
    • Sharing information between agencies to develop and deliver unified flood response plans and protocols
    • Upskilling staff through joint training and exercises to enhance preparedness and coordination
    • Prioritising regular reviews and evaluation of strategies to identify areas for improvement

    Cllr Paul Peacock, Leader of the Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council (CONFIRMED)

    Toby Gould, Interim Head of London Resilience, London Fire Brigade (invited)

    Senior Representative, Environment Agency (CONFIRMED)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Sharing Strategies to Effectively Create a Local Flooding Management Plan

     This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in creating a local flooding management plan, allowing you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration

  • Comfort Break 

  • Case Study: Flood Action Groups: Embedding The Community Voice Into Flooding Decisions and Processes

    • Guidance on cultivating a successful community-led flood management organisation
    • Instilling community awareness in flood risks and safety protocols through workshops and outreach programs
    • Co-producing reviews to highlight key issues and offer recommendations on local flooding legislations
    • Implementing effective approaches to obtain community buy-in and trust from local stakeholders

     Lorrainne Smyth, Chief Executive, Cumbria Action (invited)

  • Case Study: Developing an Effective Flood Recovery Plan

    • Fostering community spirit by creating community groups for residents to share experiences
    • Equipping residents with practical guidance on returning to a home or business that has been damaged by a flood
    • Insights into funding schemes that can help families and businesses recover
    • Community engagement: establishing constructive information and support services in response to flooding

     Callum Smith, Principal Officer Flood Risk Management, Nottinghamshire County Council (invited)


  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks (10 minutes)

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in flooding

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Public Sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Public Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £649.00+VAT