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Wales National Flooding Conference – Session 1, Policy, online

  • Conference
  • Online
  • 19 October 2021
  • 09:00 - 10:35
Wales National Flooding Conference – Session 1, Policy, online

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19th Wales National Flooding Conference - Management and Resilience

Organised by ICE Wales Cymru in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environment Management.

Supported by Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and Cardiff University.

Sponsored by Atkins SNC-Lavalin, Waterco, Arup, JBA Consulting and Binnies.

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Session 1 – Policy

Session Chair, Keith Jones, ICE Wales Cymru


  • Julie James MS, Minister for Climate Change, Welsh Government, will give the keynote address.
  • Ceri Davies, Executive Director of Evidence, Policy and Permitting, Natural Resources Wales will give an NRW update.
  • A high level representative from the Welsh Local Government Association will talk about FCERM from a local government perspective.

Q & A/panel discussion chaired by ICE.


Eur Ing Keith Jones BSc, DMS, CEng, CEnv, FICE, FCIHT, FCMI

Director, ICE Wales Cymru

Keith Jones

Keith is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist a Fellow of ICE and has been Director of ICE Wales Cymru since 1st May 2008.
Prior to this Keith was Operational Manager Highways at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, responsible for all highway maintenance operations including management of the DSO contracting unit as well as Environmental Manager for the Council.  He has been in Local Government from 1967 to 2008 holding a range of posts involving Engineering, highways, infrastructure and drainage. Former Chairman of the County Surveyors Society Wales Engineering Committee and member of the UK Roads Board – advising Government on Highways issues.  Keith is a member of the Cross Party Groups on STEMM and Construction and Industrial Liaison Boards at Cardiff University, Swansea University.

Julie James MS

Minister for Climate Change – Welsh Government

Julie James

Julie James was born in Swansea but spent significant portions of her youth living around the world with her family. Julie spent her early career in London and then moved back to Swansea with her husband to raise their 3 children and to be closer to her family. Julie is a committed green campaigner, environmentalist and a keen swimmer and skier.

Until she was elected as Member of the Senedd for Swansea West, Julie was a leading environmental and constitutional lawyer. Prior to this, she was assistant chief executive at Swansea Council. She spent most of her legal career in local government, working as a policy lawyer with the London Borough of Camden before returning to Swansea to work for West Glamorgan County Council and then the City and County of Swansea.

Since being elected Julie sat on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, Enterprise and Business Committee and Environment and Sustainability Committee. Julie published the ‘Influencing the Modernisation of EU Procurement Policy’ Report as Chair of the Enterprise and Business Committee’s Procurement Task and Finish Group. Julie also sat as Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee’s Common Fisheries Policy Task and Finished Group. Julie James was appointed Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology in September 2014. In May 2016 Julie was appointed as Minister for Skills and Science. Julie was appointed Leader of the House and Chief Whip on 3 November 2017. On 13 December 2018 Julie was appointed Minister for Housing and Local Government.

Ceri Davies

Natural Resources Wales Executive Director of Evidence, Policy and Permitting

Ceri Davies

Ceri Davies is usually based in Ty Cambria, Cardiff but works all over Wales. She has worked at Natural Resources Wales since April 2013. Her job title is Executive Director of Evidence, Policy and Permitting. She possesses a BSc Hons in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management.
Her career to date spans over 27 years in both private and public sector organisations.  She has significant experience in regulation, policy development and implementation of new regulatory regimes. All of her career has been focused on safeguarding natural resources whether that be from the impacts of pollution from industrial processes to the policy and evidence approaches needed to ensure the sustainable management of our precious environment.

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Felicity White

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