Paul Cobbing, Chief Executive, National Flood Forum
Paul is Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum, a national charity that supports and represents flood risk communities. It works by helping people to prepare for flooding and supporting them to recover their lives when they have been flooded. The National Flood Forum also works with government and other organisations to put flood risk communities at the heart of policy making and operational delivery.
Paul has spent his career working on environmental issues, the first 20 years on a range of land management projects in the private and public sectors. In 2001 he moved to Government Office for the West Midlands working on the Government's environmental policy, including rural, food and drink, sustainable development, climate change, water, waste, energy and natural environment. This included leading on several regional projects.
Paul moved to Defra to coordinate negotiations on agreeing targets with local authorities before undertaking a number of consultancy projects, including a climate change adaptation risk assessment on the Humber Estuary and contributing to the West Midlands Local Authority Low Carbon Economy Programme and a Mainstreaming Community Economic Development Project. Paul is also convener of the West Midlands section of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, a Director at Localise West Midlands a member of Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee for the West Midlands and on the Board of the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Local Nature Partnership.