Launched in 2019, we have celebrated professionals of all genders and organisations in the FCERM sector, who make a real difference to gender equality in the workplace and across the industry.

Women in Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Awards 2023

Launched in 2019, Women in FCERM celebrates professionals of all genders and organisations in the FCERM sector, who make a real difference to gender equality in the workplace and across the industry.

Who can apply

We are looking for inspiring individuals of all genders and at any stage of their career across the FCERM sector. The submission should demonstrate what the individual has done, particularly in the last 12 months (January to December 2022), to truly champion gender equality, diversity and inclusion and inspire others. You can either nominate a colleague, or nominate yourself with support from a colleague, to recognise these achievements.

What we are looking for

We have two categories:

  1. An individual who has made a difference in their own organisation, who, in the last 12 months in particular (January to December 2022), has proactively influenced and promoted gender equality, diversity and inclusion
  2. An individual who has made a difference across the FCERM sector, who, in the last 12 months in particular (January to December 2022), has proactively influenced and promoted gender equality, diversity and inclusion.

Note that an individual can only be entered into one of the categories.

How to enter

Nominations should be made using Zealous, here. All entrants for each category will be assessed using the same criteria. Nominations will open from 02 February 2023 and will be open for 4 weeks until the deadline of 2 March 2023.

The nominations will be reviewed by a diverse panel of judges from across the sector, and an award for each category will be presented at the Flood and Coast Conference Excellence Awards’ Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 7 June 2023.

Judging criteria

Judges will be looking for individuals who can demonstrate the following behaviours:

Leadership of gender equality, influenced change and promoted a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect
• demonstrated the highest degree of leadership, innovation and excellence in true gender equality, so everybody has the same opportunities on all aspects of work and career in a way that benefits all.
• acted as a positive role model and demonstrated a great desire to bring more diversity to their workplace or sector
• made an outstanding contribution to promoting a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect in their workplace or beyond

Developing and empowering self and others
• proactively helped develop self and others, provided the resources for guidance, time and advice in a motivational way and shined a light on the great things women can achieve
• acted as a positive role model and empowers others to feel able to ‘be themselves’

Nominations should include specific evidence and examples. Such as what was their contribution and what was the impact of their actions? What difference did it make? What was the end result? What was the reach they had in their organisation or sector (how many people did it benefit, who were these people?), was this above and beyond their day job?

All the nominations will be reviewed and scored on the following scale:

4 – distinguished themselves from their peers, consistently exceeding performance expectations for their level, going above and beyond.
3 – some great examples and commitment, but needs to demonstrate better the difference that their actions made/will make, especially in the long term
2 – some good examples but lacked evidence of the individual contribution they made and/or the impact/difference it made
1 – what we would expect of individuals

If you have any questions about the Women in FCERM Awards or the process, please contact us at

Submit your entry on the Zealous platform.

Data Privacy Notice

Privacy notice: how we use your personal data: We (the Environment Agency) run the Women in FCERM awardsWe are the data controller for this service. A data controller determines how and why personal data (personal information) is processed.

Our personal information charter ( explains how we deal with your personal information. Go to GOV.UK and search ‘Environment Agency personal information charter’.

The personal data we need: The personal data we process includes: full name contact details including email and phone numbers We are allowed to process your personal data because you consent to us doing so. You have the right to withdraw consent at any time. The lawful basis for processing your personal data is consent. If you do not give us this personal data we will not be able to process your application.

What we do with your personal data

We use the personal data as part of the selection process for the award. We will:

  • maintain a nominations log
  • communicate with any nominators to obtain further information about a nominee
  • review the nominees and choose the finalists in line with the selection criteria
  • communicate with any nominees
  • provide details of the finalists to CIWEM as part of the conference programme

By submitting your application, you are giving consent for us (the Environment Agency) to share your personal data with the judging panel, which includes organisations outside the Environment Agency.

Photos and recordings may be placed online and enter the public domain with the award winner’s consent.

If a winner does not wish to accept the award then their personal information will be promptly deleted except for personal information identifying them as a winner who declined.

How long we keep your personal data

We will keep your personal data until 31 July 2023.

Where your personal data is processed and stored

We store your personal data on our servers in the UK.

Contact details

Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) is responsible for independent advice and monitoring of the Environment Agency’s use of personal information.

If you have any concerns or queries about how we process personal data, or if you would like to make a complaint or request relating to data protection, please contact our DPO:

Data Protection Officer, Environment Agency, Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AH


You can find out about your personal data rights from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at The ICO regulate the data protection legislation. You have the right to lodge a complaint with them at any time. This notice was last updated on 15th March 2022.

You can download a copy of our Data Privacy notice here.

Read about previous award winners here