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Archive of Members (2014 to 2016)

The Chair

Dame Sue Ion

Chair of the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board

Dame Sue represents the UK on a number of international review and oversight committees for the nuclear sector including the Euratom Science and Technology Committee, which she Chairs, and the US Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advisory committee. She was the UK’s representative on the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy 2000-2006.

Dame Sue Ion was a non-Executive Director on the Board of the Laboratory of the UK Health and Safety Executive 2006-2015. She has been a member of the ONR’s Technical Advisory Panel since 2014. She was a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology from 2004-2011, a member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 1994-2001, a member of Council for EPSRC between 2005 and 2010 and Chaired the Fusion Advisory Board for the Research Councils between 2006 and 2012.

Sue’s background is in materials science/metallurgy. She gained a first class honours from Imperial College in 1976 and a PhD in 1979 before joining BNFL where she was Group Director of Technology 1992-2006. She was appointed Visiting Professor at Imperial College in 2006 and of London South Bank University in 2011 and has been a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Manchester since 2004 becoming Deputy Chair in 2015. She has held an Honorary Professorship at the University of Central Lancashire since the beginning of 2007.

Dame Sue was Vice President and Member of Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering between 2002 and 2008. She is Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Committee.


Professor Tim Abram

Professor of Nuclear Fuel Technology, University of Manchester

Tim Abram has held the Westinghouse Chair in Nuclear Fuel Technology (and more recently in Nuclear Engineering) at the University of Manchester since 2008. Prior to this he gained over 20 years research experience in nuclear fuels and advanced reactors technology in the UK (at BNFL and the National Nuclear Laboratory) and in the USA (at Westinghouse). He has experience in the design, performance and safety analysis of all major fuel and reactor types, and in the development of computer codes for the analysis of fuel performance. He has participated in over 15 EU Framework projects in nuclear fuel and reactor technology, and is the UK’s representative on the IAEA TWG on Fast Reactors. He was co-author of the Fuels and Materials section of the first Gen-IV Roadmap, and was the Euratom representative and Chair of the VHTR Fuel and Fuel Cycle Board. Prior to joining the University, Prof. Abram was the Senior Research Fellow for Fuels and Reactor Systems at NNL, where he retains the position of Senior Visiting Fellow. He has been an External Examiner for the Royal Navy’s nuclear engineering programmes, and for the University of Cambridge MPhil in Nuclear Engineering. He has served as an advisor to UK Government, and was a member of NIRAB from 2014-16. Prof. Abram is the Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Nuclear Science and Engineering, and leads the new Manchester Nuclear Fuel Centre of Excellence: a collaboration between the University and NNL that undertakes research into U, Th, and Pu-bearing nuclear fuel materials. Since 2009, Prof. Abram has led the development of the U-Battery: a 10 MWt micro-reactor based on a prismatic HTR design, which is currently being developed by a consortium led by Urenco. His research group has also contributed to the development of the Stable Salt Reactor: a molten salt reactor design being developed by Moltex Energy.

Derek Allen

Lead Technologist (Energy Generation & Supply), Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board)

Derek has over 30 years industrial and R&D experience in the Energy sector with large multinational organisations including GE, ABB and Alstom Power, his work has been primarily related to the technology development of turbines and generators for conventional fossil and nuclear power plants.

During his career he has managed a broad spectrum of technical and R&D business divisions, both in the UK and overseas, including Advanced Materials, Engine and Component Testing and Control & Instrumentation. He was also responsible for external collaborations, involving strategic technology partnerships with SMEs, large Companies, and Universities.

He originally joined the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) on a part-time secondment from Alstom Power in July 2007 and moved on a permanent basis in 2012. He is their Lead Technologist for Energy Generation & Supply, with specific responsibility for the nuclear sector and is also the programme manager of the newly created Energy Catalyst, formed to accelerated innovation in the energy sector from concept through to commercialisation.

He is a member of a number of national and international panels and committees including; Co-Chairman of the European Technology Platform for Advanced Materials, Chairman of the Materials UK Energy Group, member of the Energy Technologies Institute Technical Committee and Programme Management Board. In 2010 he was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining Gold Medal for his contribution to the industrial application of materials.

Neil Bateman

Research Portfolio Manager, Research Councils UK Energy Programme

Neil works in the RCUK Energy Programme which has a current portfolio in excess of £750M across the UK Research Councils. He has had responsibility for the Ncclear Fission portfolio at EPSRC for three and half years, having previously administered the renewable energy portfolio for three years, looking after: Bioenergy, Solar, Wind, Marine Energy, Fuel Cells, Hydrogen and Energy Storage. He was responsible for compiling data on the overall size and funding trajectory for the RC energy portfolio for planning future commitment profiles, and communicating this to BIS, between 2007 and 2014. In 2010, he organised the international review of UK energy research. Neil shares the nuclear portfolio with Dr Jacqui Williams and is responsible for the Whole Energy Systems research portfolio.

Neil originally trained as an engineer and worked in Industry for twelve years before retraining as a geochemist and subsequently moving to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in 2001. He has worked in a variety of roles within the EPSRC including: Aerospace and Defence, Manufacturing, Cross Disciplinary Interfaces and Nuclear Fusion.

Andrew Carlick


With almost 30 years experience in the nuclear industry, Andrew’s career stems from a Chemical Engineering background with extensive experience in his early career in commissioning of nuclear plants.

Andrew established DBD in 2004 and he has developed and led them so they now operate successfully in the UK, France, Japan, the Middle East and US, mainly in the nuclear fission and fusion markets. Andrew is a keen supporter of R&D and has supported DBD in developing engineering solutions to key issues in the nuclear market.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Richard Clegg

MD Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Richard has 30 years of experience in the nuclear community within industry, government and academia in both the civil and defence sectors. His technical background is in radiation chemistry and environmental modelling.

Richard is currently the Managing Director at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation; shareholder of the LR Group and one of largest charitable foundations in UK in terms of revenue, focussed on engineering science, research and education. His previous roles include, Global Nuclear Director Lloyd’s Register, MD UK National Nuclear Centre of Excellence, Chief Scientist UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, Professor and Director of Dalton Nuclear Institute, and Faculty Research Dean at The University of Manchester and Group Science Director British Nuclear Fuels.

Professor Steven Cowley

Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Culham Laboratory

Steven became Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Laboratory in September 2008 and Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD. from Princeton University. Professor Cowley’s post-doctoral work was at Culham laboratory and he returned to Princeton in 1987. He joined the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles in 1993 rising to the rank of Full Professor in 2000. From 2001 to 2003 he lead the plasma physics group at Imperial College London. He remains a part time professor at Imperial College. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Director of the Center for Multi-scale Plasma Dynamics at UCLA. His main research interest is in realising fusion power and has published over 150 papers on: the origin of magnetic fields in the universe, the theory of plasma turbulence and explosive behaviour in both laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.

Professor Cowley co-chaired the US National Academy’s decadal assessment of, and outlook for plasma science. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics and the recipient of the IOP’s 2012 Glazebrook Medal for leadership in physics. Currently he is also a member of the Prime Ministers Council on Science and Technology and in May 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor Timothy Dafforn

Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Professor Dafforn began his science career studying protein engineering at the Bristol University where he developed two different approaches to enzyme engineering based on forced evolution and rational design.

Tim has had a prestigious career in biological research including working at the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research and as the Director of Knowledge Transfer, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

In June 2015 Professor Dafforn took up his post as the CSA for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he had previously acted as the entrepreneur in residence with a remit to champion activities in synthetic biology.

Tim is a Head of Policy and member of the executive at the Biochemical Society, a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council new ways of working strategy panel and a Member of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council.

Mick Gornall

Managing Director, UK Fuel Operations, Springfields

Mick was appointed to the role of Managing Director in April 2013 and has over 30 years’ experience in the nuclear industry. He has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from Manchester University and has an engineering background in Control & Instrumentation Engineering. Mick has been involved in nuclear engineering projects at Dounreay, Sellafield, Heysham II, and more recently Springfields.

Mick is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has undertaken a number of key roles leading manufacturing operations at Westinghouse Springfields Nuclear Fuel facility, near Preston, and has significant experience in managing nuclear operations.

Professor Robin Grimes

Robin is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser. He is also Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College and was previously Director of the Imperial College Centre for Nuclear Engineering and the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Nuclear Engineering.

His primary research interest is the application and development of computer simulation techniques to predict structural and dynamic properties of inorganic materials for energy applications to improve performance of semiconductors for solar and electrolytes and electrodes for fuel cells, nuclear fuel for higher burn-up and waste forms of greater durability. He has published over 260 scientific papers.

He was the specialist adviser to the UK House of Lords for their 2011 review of Nuclear Research Requirements for the UK, a member of the Royal Society Working Group on nuclear non-proliferation and the Ad Hoc Nuclear Research and Development Advisory Board chaired by Sir John Beddington.

Paul Harding

Advisor to the CEO of URENCO

Paul is currently working as Advisor to URENCO in the area of SMR development. Paul holds MA and D.Phil degrees in Chemistry from Oxford University and has worked for more than 35 years in the Nuclear Industry in a variety of roles encompassing nuclear chemical plant management, commissioning and decommissioning project management, commercial and Nuclear Licensed Site General Management.

Professor Neil Hyatt

Head of Department of Materials Science, University of Sheffield

Neil is Professor of Radioactive Waste Management at the University of Sheffield, Head of Department of Materials Science, and lead for civil nuclear energy research at The University of Sheffield.

At the University of Sheffield, his research has focused on the conditioning of radioactive wastes and fissile materials, the performance of waste packages in storage and disposal, advanced accident tolerant nuclear fuel fuels and their recycle, and nuclear forensics and security. He has served as an IAEA technical expert, provided advice and guidance to radioactive waste management organisations in the UK and overseas, and was a member of the original NIRAB between 2014 and 2016.

John Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

John has over 30 years of experience in private and, latterly, public sectors at a senior level. He was appointed to ONR as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in June 2012 and subsequently Chief Executive Officer in April 2013.

He has led ONR through a significant programme of change, appointing senior staff to create a stable and mandated team and overseeing a successful IRRS Mission that received a commendation from the IRRS team. The creation of ONR as a Public Corporation pursuant to the Energy Act 2013 was the major milestone in his first two years at ONR. John’s role is to lead and protect the organisation in the coming years as the twin challenges of demographic-driven reduction in staff and increased regulating needs reach their peaks simultaneously.

John is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Professor Malcom Joyce

Head of the Engineering Department, Lancaster University

Malcolm holds a Personal Chair in Nuclear Engineering at Lancaster University, and is currently Head of the Engineering Department at Lancaster. His area of research interest is in the field of Control & Instrumentation (C&I) and the development of radiation detection instruments including: portable neutron spectrometry; decommissioning-related analytical methods; nuclear policy and environmental consequences; medical radiotherapy and radiation effects.

Malcolm is author on over 100 refereed journal articles including 26 refereed outputs and two patents since 2008, primarily in the field of digital mixed-field radiation assay with fast, organic liquid scintillation detectors. Prior to this he spent four years in research in industry. He led the research team at Lancaster in 2010 that wrote the Nuclear Lessons Learned report on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineering the Future, which was commended by the Minister of State for Energy, HMG Chief Scientist and Lord Browne.

Professor Bill Lee

Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Energy Centre for Doctoral Training at Imperial College London

Bill is a member of the Leverhulme Trust Panel of Advisors, the Royal Academy of Engineering International Activities Committee, and the Scientific and Environmental Advisory Board Tokamak Energy plc. He was previously Deputy Chair of the Government advisory Committee on Radioactive Waste Management from 2007-2013, has acted as special advisor nuclear to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (2013) and was from 2006 to 2010 Head of the Department of Materials at Imperial. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Ceramic Society and an IAEA Technical Expert.

Bill is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, IOMMM, ACerS and the City and Guilds Institute.

Dr John Lillington

Chief Technologist, Nuclear Reactors, AMEC

John has worked for 40 years within the UK Nuclear Industry with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), its privatised sector, AEA Technology, Serco and most recently AMEC. He originally graduated in mathematics from the University of London (BSc, PhD). During his career, he has worked on all the major reactor systems (water, gas and fast reactor) as a theoretical physicist, safety analyst, technical programme, resource and project manager. He is a part-time lecturer and examiner at several UK universities and has published two books and numerous articles on nuclear power related subjects.

John is a Fellow of the Institutes of Physics and Mathematics (FInstP, FIMA) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

John Loughhead

Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change

John has been active in energy research for more than 30 years, predominantly in industrial development for the electronics and electrical power industries. Before joining UKERC, John was Corporate Vice-President of Technology and Intellectual Property at Alstom’s head office in Paris. He has been a member of the EPSRC Council and of the European Advisory Group on Energy, is presently the UK-China Science Focal Point for Energy and Renewables, and a member of the European Energy Research Alliance Executive Committee. A Chartered Engineer, Professor Loughhead graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, where he also spent five years in computational fluid dynamics research. He is Past-President of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of both the UK and Australian national Academies of Engineering, Professor of Engineering at Cardiff University and Fellow of Queen Mary University of London.

David Senior

David Senior is a Deputy Chief Inspector with the United Kingdom’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). David is an Executive Member of the ONR Board and currently Director of Regulatory Assurance.

Previously David was a Programme Director across two of ONR’s front line operational programmes the Defence Programme and the Decommissioning, Fuel & Waste Programme. In this capacity David had responsibility for the regulation of nuclear safety at 26 nuclear licensed and non- licensed sites across the UK and the strategic interface with Government Departments and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

David has also operated as a Deputy Director responsible for Nuclear & Radioactive Waste Policy the UK Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change. He was responsible for civil nuclear and radioactive waste policy both within the UK and Internationally, providing strategic direction and working closely with Government Ministers.

David is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has extensive regulatory experience across the wider nuclear industry acquired over 20 years. He was responsible for delivering a landmark regulatory policy that has secured a stage-wise reduction in stocks of heat generating highly active liquor stocks in the United Kingdom, and thus securing wider international confidence.

Professor Andrew Sherry

Chief Science and Technology Officer, NNL

Andrew studied Metallurgy at Manchester where he did his PhD with Rolls-Royce before joining the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in 1987 where he led research into materials ageing and structural integrity.

Andrew joined The University of Manchester in 2004 as Director of the Materials Performance Centre, and was appointed Director of the University’s Dalton Nuclear Institute in 2009 where he established the flagship Dalton Cumbrian Facility, a partnership with the NDA in radiation science and decommissioning and led Manchester’s partnership with Sheffield University to create the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. In 2015, Andrew was appointed as Chief Science and Technology Officer at NNL. He is a member of the UK’s Nuclear Industrial Council, leading work on public engagement.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer.

Paul Stein

Chief Scientific Officer, Rolls-Royce plc

Paul Stein graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from King’s College London in 1978. After several positions in technology and general management serving the commercial and defence communications markets he moved to Roke Manor Research, and was appointed Managing Director in 1996.

From 2006 to 2009 Paul joined the Ministry of Defence as the Director General, Science and Technology, responsible for the technical direction, prioritisation and out-sourcing of the UK’s £500m annual investment in Defence S&T. At the end of his three year contract with the MoD Paul joined Rolls-Royce as the group Chief Scientific Officer.

As Chief Scientific Officer, Paul helps the Rolls-Royce group set its technological and business direction in view of market and technology trends, and examine areas where alternative technological and innovative approaches could lead to competitive advantage for the company. He is also actively engaged in talent development for the company, ensuring that specialist engineering talent is promoted and sustained. Paul is also the independent chair of the Nuclear Engineering Executive and represents the Nuclear Sector at the Engineering Leadership Board.

Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Neil Thomson

Senior Technical Advisor to EDF Energy and President of the Nuclear Institute

Prior to his appointment as Senior Technical Advisor Neil spent 7 years as Head of Research and Development and Head of Engineering in the EDF-Energy Nuclear Generation Business. His recent focus has been life extension of the AGR Fleet.

Neil has 37 years experience in Power Generation involving senior technical and plant management roles; starting his career as a Research Officer in the CEGB in the area of inspection and structural integrity.

Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a member of its Council.

Sir Mark Walport

Chief Scientific Adviser, HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science

Sir Mark is the Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science. Previously, Sir Mark was Director of the Wellcome Trust, which is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health by supporting the brightest minds. Before joining the Trust he was Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.

He has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology since 2004. He has also been a member of the India UK CEO Forum, the UK India Round Table and the advisory board of Infrastructure UK and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research. He is a member of a number of international advisory bodies.

He has undertaken independent reviews for the UK Government on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors: ‘Data Sharing Review’ (2009); and secondary education: ‘Science and Mathematics: Secondary Education for the 21st Century’ (2010).

He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected as Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.

Professor Laurence Williams

Chairman, Comittee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)

Chairman, Comittee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)

Peter Wylie

Senior Manager, Technical & Engineering Department, Sellafield Ltd

Peter works for Sellafield Ltd as a senior manager in the Technical & Engineering Department. Peter has over 30 years experience in the nuclear industry in a range of roles from research, nuclear design, nuclear operations and strategic planning. He has also worked in oil and gas, consultancy and process engineering design sectors of industry.

Peter’s knowledge of nuclear research and development includes advanced reprocessing, control systems and process simulation, nuclear waste treatment and nuclear decommissioning.