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Archive of Members (2018 to 2021)

The Chair

Mike Tynan


Mike Tynan has a career spanning 5 decades in the civil nuclear industry, and has held senior leadership positions in site operations, manufacturing, nuclear services, and research and development. Mike began his career at Calder Hall nuclear power station in 1975 and spent much of his early and mid career at the Sellafield nuclear complex, where he gained broad experience in services, operations, waste management, and decommissioning. Appointed Managing Director for Springfields Fuels Ltd in 2006, Mike went on to lead Westinghouse UK as CEO, moving to The University of Sheffield in 2013 as CEO for the Nuclear AMRC. He has worked at numerous UK and international nuclear facilities and has been at the forefront of changes in the UK civil nuclear industry over the last 20 years, including the formation of Site License Companies for the NDA, and nuclear new build projects for the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor. An accountant by profession, Mike has an MBA (Lancaster), and was Visiting Professor in Nuclear Manufacturing at The University of Sheffield until his retirement in 2017. He has served on numerous Boards and committees, and was a founder Board member of both the National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN) and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and is a member of the UK Nuclear Industry Council.


Jonathan Brown

Managing Director, Cammell Laird Energy

Jonathan joined Cammell Laird in July 2016 to lead the Energy team, providing engineering consultancy, component manufacture, module assembly and a logistics service capability across the Energy Sector. Prior to joining Cammell Laird, Jonathan has worked for various companies including Rolls Royce, Serco, AWE and BNFL and undertaken roles in different sectors including nuclear, marine and rail sectors. Jonathan is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, a Fellow of both the Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Institute of Directors and a member of the Innovation Board of the Liverpool LEP.

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.

David Boath

Vice President and Chief Engineer, Wood

As Vice President and Chief Engineer of Wood Nuclear (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler), David is functionally responsible for Wood’s European nuclear project operations including technologies, standards, systems, processes and assurance. He is also a Governing Board member of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform, a stakeholder advisory body to the European Commission on nuclear research priorities in support of the EC’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan. This encompasses 3 supporting pillars (NUGENIA, ESNII and NC2I) aimed at: maintaining the safety and competitiveness of today’s technologies; developing a new generation of more sustainable reactor technologies; and developing new applications for nuclear power. David is a member of the Office for Nuclear Regulation’s Independent Advisory Panel and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear Advisory Board. With a passion for sustaining the future skills required by the industry, he is also a main board member of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board and an active participant on the ECITB Nuclear Sector Forum.

Stuart Broadley

Chief Executive, Energy Industries Council

Stuart joined the Energy Industries Council (EIC) as Chief Executive in 2016. EIC is a leading not-for-profit trade association with 600+ members, focused on oil & gas, power, nuclear and renewable markets, that helps UK supply chain companies to grow their business at home and around the world. In his capacity as EIC CEO, Stuart has unique insight into policies, trends, innovations and technologies across all energy sectors in the UK and globally. Prior to the EIC, Stuart held global energy leadership roles across a 25-year career in oil & gas, power and renewables, with Wood, Senvion, Hoerbiger and Rolls-Royce, focused on gas turbines, wind turbines, compressors and material handling.

Maggie Brown

Supplier Relationship Management, EDF Energy

Maggie Brown is currently working for EDF Energy on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project where she is responsible for developing and delivering the Supplier Relationship Management strategy, which focuses on identifying joint value opportunities with industry impact. Prior to HPC, Maggie was an Innovation Manager for Crossrail’s award-winning innovation programme where she was responsible for delivering innovation projects as well as driving the development of the i3P (Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform), the infrastructure industry’s first collaborative innovation delivery programme. Her experience is backed by an MSc in Political Sociology from the LSE where she learned about public policy and organisational politics. Her project management roles span across multiple sectors in the public, non-profit, and private spheres. Maggie is also the proud mother of an exuberant toddler who keeps her on her toes.

Paul Brown

Senior Advisor, KBR

Paul was appointed Senior Advisor, Nuclear for KBR in 2014 supporting their Programme and Project Management Services team. His early experience in the nuclear sector was as a Project Engineer during construction of Heysham and Torness Power Stations when he also completed a research MPhil into joining of critical components within the AGR pressure containment plant. He was also responsible for project engineering of packages within construction of what were then known as Thorpe and Pond 5 at Windscale. After a number of international operations executive roles in the public and private sectors he became CEO of the Radioisotopes Division of AEA Technology (QSA) in 2003, commercialising and rationalising radioisotope R&D and production in the UK, Germany, USA and China. This included being Chair of a highly successful JV between China Isotope Corporation a division of CNNC and AEA based in Shenzhen China. Up until 2012 he worked for 4 years as interim COO at ONR and has a good understanding of how UK nuclear regulation is delivered. His core strengths are advising on how best to drive change in operations and project delivery to improve economics, cost reduction, increase efficiency and reduce time to market. Paul is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and is a member of the Joint Audit Committee for Surrey Police.

Professor Melanie Brownridge

Head of Technology, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Melanie has worked in the nuclear industry for 23 years. She was attracted into the nuclear industry by the diversity of technical challenges and began her career with BNFL (later National Nuclear Laboratory). Here she held a variety of roles from operational plant support to customer facing roles including Programme Manager for legacy waste characterisation at Sellafield.

She joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in 2005 for the opportunity to contribute to a mission of national and international importance. Melanie is currently Head of Technology and is passionate about the essential role of technology and innovation in delivering nuclear decommissioning. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the NDA’s R&D strategy and the NDA’s R&D portfolio which sponsors strategic R&D across the NDA mission. In recent years she has introduced collaborative innovation programmes that have accelerated innovation deployment across the decommissioning programme. Melanie is also committed to attracting and developing new talent to the industry, valuing the ideas and challenge new people bring.

Melanie is a Non-Executive Director of Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), a visiting Professor at University of Leeds and sits on the International Advisory Panel for the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) in Japan.

Professor Grace Burke

Director of the Materials Performance Centre, University of Manchester

Prof. M. Grace Burke is the Director of the Materials Performance Centre at the University of Manchester, where she leads investigations of materials’ behavior in nuclear power systems. Prior to joining the University, she acquired extensive experience in this field during a 30 year career in the US nuclear industry with research positions at the Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, and the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh, where she was the Consultant Scientist for Materials Technology. Including prior research experience at a corporate steel industry laboratory she has over 35 years of expertise in steels, the materials of construction of nuclear power plants, and irradiation damage, SCC, and hydrogen embrittlement of structural alloys,. She is particularly known for her application of advanced microscopy/microanalysis techniques to nuclear materials research. Grace is a recognized expert in numerous international nuclear science and technology organisations including NUGENIA, ICG-EAC, and IGRDM. Grace is a Fellow of ASM International, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK), the Microscopy Society of America, and the Royal Microscopical Society.

Professor Gregg Butler

Head of Strategic Assessment, Dalton Nuclear Institute

Professor Gregg Butler read Metallurgy and completed a PhD on uranium alloys at University College Swansea. He worked for British Nuclear Fuels plc in R&D, planning, commercial, plant and general management posts in fuel manufacture, centrifuge enrichment, reprocessing, waste treatment and disposal. Gregg was Deputy Chief Executive from 1993-1996, a Director of UK Nirex (1990-1994), and MD of Pangea Resources Australia Pty Ltd (1998/99). He was a member of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (1994-2004), and of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (2012-2019).

Gregg is now Head of Strategic Assessment at the Dalton Nuclear Institute and directs Integrated Decision Management Ltd. He has published extensively on a broad range of nuclear topics, recently centred round the role of ‘nuclear energy in general and AMRs in particular’ in ‘Carbon Net Zero by 2050’, and the need for a ‘Level Playing Field’ in assessing the UK’s various possible decarbonisation paths.

Professor Ian Chapman

CEO, UK Atomic Energy Authority

Ian Chapman is CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Head of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. He has held a number of international roles in fusion, including Chair of ITER international working groups. He has published over 110 journal papers, one of which was shortlisted for the Nuclear Fusion Award in 2013, and given 30 invited lead-author presentations at international conferences. He received the European Physical Society Early Career Prize in 2014, the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal in 2013, the IUPAP Plasma Physics Young Scientist Prize in 2012 and the Cavendish Medal for Best early-career UK physicist in 2011. He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013 and became a visiting Professor at Durham University in 2015.

Dr Mamdouh El-Shanawany

Chief Nuclear Advisor, Lloyd's Register

Dr Mamdouh El-Shanawany is an international expert on nuclear safety. For the last 40 years, he has provided leadership, design, research & development, analysis, management and critical safety assessment, applications of Statutory regulatory requirements and policy development for the nuclear industry in the UK, Canada and Internationally. He is a member of the IAEA team which was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2005.

He is Chief Nuclear advisor to Lloyd’s Register, and visiting Professor of Nuclear Safety, Centre for Nuclear Engineering, at the Imperial College, London University.

Dr El-Shanawany was the Head of the Safety Assessment Section at the IAEA, September 2004 to June 2012. The main responsibilities of the Safety Assessment Section are to strengthen Member States’ capabilities (Regulatory Bodies, Designers and Operators) in effective safety assessment and safety enhancement of nuclear installations.

Professor El-Shanawany is an Independent Expert Evaluator for research project allocations, UK Engineering & Physics Science Research Council and Euratom Nuclear Research and Training, European Commission. He was also a member of Generation IV Technical Advisory Committee of the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry.

Prior to joining the IAEA, he was employed by Her Majesty’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, the UK Regulatory Body, where he was responsible for managing, assessing and formally agreeing and accepting the Licensees’ arrangements and safety cases for faults studies and severe accidents analysis for the operating plants. In the early nineties he was a Senior Nuclear Safety Specialist, Directorate of Safety Analysis and Assessment, Atomic Energy Control Board, Canadian Government.

Dr Jim Fleming

Head of the Energy Theme in EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in UKRI (UK Research and Innovation)

Dr Jim Fleming is Head of the Energy Theme in EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in UKRI (UK Research and Innovation). Previous roles in EPSRC included looking after CDTs (Centres for Doctoral Training), being part of the initial Manufacturing the Future Theme in 2010 and, many years ago, the e-Science programme. He has a degree and PhD in Chemistry.

Professor Stephen Garwood

Imperial College London

Steve studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, followed by a PhD in Applied Mechanics. He developed his early career at the Welding Institute where he became Head of Engineering in 1989 and subsequently Head of Structural Integrity. Steve joined Rolls-Royce in 1996 as Technical Director of Rolls-Royce and Associates, becoming Director of Engineering & Technology for Marine Power in 1998. He then took up various Corporate positions (Director of Technology, and Director of Materials) returning to the Marine business as Director, Engineering and Technology – Submarines in 2006. In 2013, Steve directed the research activities for the Nuclear Sector developing Rolls-Royce’s Nuclear UTC’s at Imperial College and Manchester. Following retirement from Rolls-Royce in 2013, Steve joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College, London as Professor of Structural Integrity. He is also a Non Executive Director of the Transport Systems Catapult and FESI, and serves on a number of Nuclear Advisory Committees.

Kirsty Gogan

Managing Partner of LucidCatalyst / co-founder of TerraPraxis

Kirsty Gogan is managing partner of LucidCatalyst, a highly specialised international consultancy offering thought leadership, strategy development and techno-economic expertise focused on multiplying and accelerating zero carbon technology options available for rapid, large-scale and competitive decarbonisation of the global economy. Kirsty is also co-founder, with Eric Ingersoll, of TerraPraxis, a non-profit organisation working with an extensive global network to define, incubate and initiate scalable strategies to deliver prosperity and decarbonisation. TerraPraxis published the widely cited report: Missing Link to a Livable Climate: How Hydrogen-Enabled Synthetic Fuels Can Help Deliver the Paris Goals (2020). The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently appointed Kirsty to serve on a committee to identify opportunities and barriers to the commercialisation of advanced nuclear technologies over the next 30 years. Kirsty sits on the Board of the US NGO, Nuclear Innovation Alliance, and is a co-founder of the global Clean Energy Ministerial Flexible Nuclear Campaign.

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.

Professor Hector Iacovides

Head of Thermo-Fluids Group, University of Manchester

Prof Hector Iacovides, DEng, FIMechE, FASME, is Head of the Thermo-Fluids group at the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester, and chair in Heat Transfer since 2004. He has expertise in experimental and computational thermal hydraulics and in CFD and turbulence modelling. He has over 200 publications From the 1990s he has carried out nuclear thermal hydraulics research, initially for British Energy and later for EDF-Energy. He has been Principle of Co-Investigator in 40 research grants most of are related to nuclear thermal hydraulics through which he has developed a suite of specialist experimental facilities. He is the PI for UoM on a BEIS (through Frazer-Nash) research program and the CoI on a Newton Fund program on Solar Power. He has been involved in the supervision of over 25 PhD students. Prof Iacovides is also currently the Co-Leader of the UK Special Interest Group in Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics which is supported by the UK Fluids Network.

Monica Jong

Head of Operations Materials Research Facility, UK Atomic Energy Authority

Monica Jong is Head of Operations for the Materials Research Facility at the UK Atomic Energy Authority. She has a BSc in Engineering and Materials Science, along with 25 years of materials research experience with participation in lifetime extensions programs for GEN2 reactors, irradiation damage studies for GEN4 fission and fusion materials, and development of techniques to process, test and evaluate activated materials in hot cells and other shielded environments. Monica moved to UKAEA from the Netherlands in 2015 and is currently building up and expanding the facility to enable sub-sized and micro-sized samples to be evaluated using microstructural, mechanical and thermophysical techniques. She is working closely with other institutes and universities to realise goals, which are: efficient use of irradiated materials; comparison of standard techniques against new innovations in materials research; development of new standards and completing existing design codes with data from new developed standards and guidelines in databases.

Professor Malcolm Joyce

Nuclear Engineering and Associate Dean for Research, Lancaster University

Malcolm Joyce is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Lancaster University and Associate Dean for Research (Cross-faculty). His industrial experience includes Smith System Engineering Ltd., BNFL plc. and Hybrid Instruments Ltd. He specialises in nuclear instrumentation, particularly radiation imaging with robots and neutron detection. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute, Editor on the journal ‘Progress in Nuclear Energy’ and Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. He led the Nuclear Lessons Learned study, on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineering the Future, and is co-investigator of the management group of the National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF). He received a higher Doctorate (DEng) in 2012, was awarded the James Watt medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2014 and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2016. In 2017 he completed the text: ‘Nuclear Engineering: A Conceptual Guide to Nuclear Power’.

Professor Ralf Kaiser

University of Glasgow

Prof Ralf Kaiser is the founder and CEO of Lynkeos Technology Ltd. and Professor of Physics at the University of Glasgow. He studied physics at the University of Münster, Germany, and at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the German national laboratory DESY before he joined the University of Glasgow in 2001. From 2010 to 2017 he served as Head of Physics at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), responsible for the IAEA programmes on nuclear fusion, accelerator applications and nuclear instrumentation. In this function he represented the IAEA on the Councils of the ITER and SESAME projects and was responsible for technical cooperation projects in more than 50 countries around the world. Prof Kaiser has more than 20 years of experience in detector development, algorithm and software development and project management. He is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner and has completed the Financial Times Diploma for Non-Executive Directors. His publication list includes more than 150 publications and over 12,000 citations.

Mike Lewis

Director of Lewis Risk Consulting Limited.

Mike Lewis is a chartered nuclear engineer with over 40 years experience in the nuclear sector in the UK and internationally (Europe, Canada, Middle East). He brings knowledge and insight from positions in nuclear design, engineering, operations, and expert services, for established and new build nuclear facilities. Mike’s principal technical expertise lies in the technology, safety and risk assessment, and licensing of nuclear power stations. In addition to leading a number of key projects in these areas during his career, he now provides expert advice to a UK nuclear safety committee and to organisations on the potential applications of nuclear technology.

Mike was previously Head of Nuclear Technology at Horizon Nuclear Power, Head of a team delivering international nuclear services, consultant to the IAEA, and is now the Director of Lewis Risk Consulting Limited.

Phil Litherland

Context Information Security

Phil is a member of the Critical National Infrastructure team within Context Information Security, where his focus is to identify and provide requisite cyber security & information assurance advice, technical support and practical guidance to client organisations across CNI sectors, particularly civil nuclear.

He is an experienced senior level engineering & technology professional with a proven track record of safety & security risk management in both the IT & Industrial Control Systems/Operational Technology (ICS/OT) domains.

He has demonstrable capabilities in senior stakeholder management, leading organisational & cultural change, developing leading-managing multidisciplinary teams across geographical boundaries and also has broad commercial & technical experience on large projects.

Professor Francis Livens

Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute

Professor Francis Livens is Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, responsible for coordination of nuclear research and education across The University of Manchester. He is particularly focused on the linkages between Science & Engineering and Humanities, addressing the societal, cultural and organisational aspects of implementing nuclear technologies in modern societies. He was Nuclear Theme Champion at the Henry Royce Institute from 2017 to 2021. Francis has worked for over 30 years in environmental radioactivity and actinide chemistry, starting his career with the Natural Environment Research Council, where he was involved in the response to the Chernobyl accident. He has worked in many aspects of nuclear fuel cycle research, including effluent treatment, waste immobilisation and actinide chemistry. He has been a member of NIRAB since 2018, is a member of the Office of Nuclear Regulation Independent Advisory Panel, and has recently been appointed as Non-Executive Director of NDA. He has also performed numerous other important advisory roles in the UK and internationally, as a recognised expert in radiochemistry in particular plutonium and nuclear materials.

Professor James Marrow

University of Oxford

Professor James Marrow is the James Martin Chair in Energy Materials. He is the chair of the OECD/NEA (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency) EGISM (Expert Group on Innovative Structural Materials), which has the objective of conducting joint and comparative international studies to support the development, selection and characterisation of innovative structural materials that can be implemented in advanced nuclear fuel cycles. He is the UKERC (EPSRC UK Energy Research Centre) representative in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme for Nuclear Materials (JPNM); this supports the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Nuclear Energy (SNETP), which defines the European vision on both the role of nuclear energy and R&D needs for nuclear fission technology. Prof. Marrow is an independent member of GTAC (Graphite Technical Advisory Committee) for the UK Office of Nuclear Regulation. Within the UK Research Council project Nuclear Universities Consortium for Learning, Engagement And Research: NUCLEAR (aka. “Nuclear Champion” project), he is part of the team that aims to facilitate effective and sustainable UK academic engagement in national and international nuclear research programmes, with a particular interest in Generation IV systems. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS), and he is a member of Council for the UK Forum for Engineering Structural Integrity (FESI). Prof. Marrow’s research focuses on degradation of structural materials and the role of microstructure, investigating fundamental mechanisms of damage accumulation using novel materials characterisation techniques. He has pioneered imaging methods for quantification and observation of cracks in engineering materials. He has a particular interest in nuclear graphite, working closely with EDF Energy UK on the role of structural integrity and fracture at the micro-scale on life extension of the current AGR fleet. Prof. Marrow has established a close interaction with the Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. This work has pioneered the three-dimensional characterisation of damage processes by tomography, diffraction and image correlation in energy and nuclear materials, supporting the validation of simulation tools to forward predict materials performance.

Bob McKenzie

Chief Technical Officer, Westinghouse Springfields

Bob McKenzie is the Chief Technical Officer at the Westinghouse Springfield site, Preston. Bob has 40 years’ experience in the manufacture of high quality nuclear fuel, with specific responsibilities relating to fuel design, process development, component supply and Quality Assurance. Away from work Bob is a director of a C of E Multi Academy Trust. He is a Chartered Engineer and graduated in Production Engineering at Manchester in 1986.

Mike Middleton

Practice Manager Nuclear, Energy Systems Catapult

Mike Middleton joined the Energy Systems Catapult in Autumn 2017 on transfer from the Energy Technologies Institute where for 4 years he deepened the understanding of the potential role of nuclear technologies as part of the energy mix in delivering a UK transition to a low carbon economy. This involved designing and delivering a project portfolio procured through open competition and disseminating the knowledge gained through ETI insights. His diverse experience in nuclear operations, projects and services includes; waterfront submarine support; liquid and solid waste processing; construction projects; nuclear facility decommissioning; and new nuclear power. Mike graduated from UCL with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. With the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors he completed an M.Sc degree with distinction in Marine Mechanical Engineering from UCL and later an M.Sc degree with distinction in Nuclear Reactor Technology awarded by the University of Surrey. He is a Chartered Engineer and was elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in July 2000. His previous appointments include Facilities Director at the Clyde Naval Base and Infrastructure Director at Sellafield.

John Molyneux

Director of Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce

John has been with Rolls-Royce for 32 years. During this time he has undertaken a variety of roles covering all aspects of the nuclear project life cycle, and a very broad range of disciplines embracing engineering, programme management and business leadership. John began his career in the Submarines business and transferred to the Civil Nuclear business of Rolls-Royce in 2007. He is currently the Director of Engineering and Technology for Civil Nuclear activities globally.

Chris Moore


Chris Moore is a self-employed Business Consultant specialising in Business Planning and Strategy Development across the nuclear and low carbon energy sector. Chris offers informed, insightful advice on all aspects of national and international business development to senior leaders who are accountable for business success. He is currently supporting a number of businesses in the nuclear sector, including the World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC), in addition to acting as an Independent Expert Witness on a UK based Arbitration Panel associated with a commercial dispute for an Eastern European nuclear power plant. Chris is also working with the Energy Research Accelerator, a Midlands based consortium of six academic institutions, and the British Geological Survey, tasked with creating a world leading hub of energy talent delivering technologies capable of enabling the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. Chris is a well-respected professional with over 25 years of nuclear related experience, having recently undertaken roles as Strategy and Strategic Business Development Director for the National Nuclear Laboratory and Customer Project Director for Westinghouse UK. Both of these positions have contributed to the cultivation of a strong awareness of what is needed to develop international business relationships and Chris has developed an ability to work across cultural boundaries gained through engagement with customers and Government representatives in China, Japan, South Korea, UAE, USA and France. Chris is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and member of the Nuclear Institute.

Dr Manus O’Donnell

Head of Development, EDF Energy

Manus is currently the Head of Development for the Central Technical Organisation in EDF Energy. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles across Technology, Innovation and Research and Development in support of nuclear operations in the UK. Manus has worked in the civil nuclear industry since 1996 on topics from safety-related research through to leadership of operationally-focused engineering teams and significant plant recovery projects. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, with degrees in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and Mathematics and holds a PhD for his research on fusion reactor materials’ performance, conducted at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in the Netherlands. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr Lee Peck

Head of Technical Assurance & Governance, Sellafield Ltd

Lee works for Sellafield Ltd as a senior manager in the Strategy and Technical Department. Lee is a chartered chemist with over 22 years’ experience in the nuclear industry spanning a range of roles from: strategic planning and development; scientific research; and programme management including the development of business cases to secure sanction for major projects from HM Government. Lee’s knowledge of nuclear research and development includes advanced spent fuel reprocessing, safe and secure storage of plutonium, nuclear waste treatment and decommissioning. He currently chairs the Sellafield Technical Committee which has oversight of a £100M portfolio of technical work.

Professor Andrew Randewich

Head of Physics, AWE

After completing a PhD in plasma physics, Andrew joined AWE in 1997 in the High Altitude Nuclear Effects Team where he developed a novel capability to model Nuclear Induced Van Allen Belts, worked on Electromagnetic Pulse phenomenology, and won the Discovery Award for Early Career Scientific Innovation. Andrew later worked on thermonuclear burn modelling in support of Inertial Confinement Fusion and as a Team Leader in the Computational Physics Group. Since then, Andrew managed the Physics Certification programme and later led the High Performance Computing Group. After acting as Head of Design Physics, Andrew was appointed Head of Plasma Physics in 2011. The Department’s main role is using high power lasers to underwrite high energy density physics simulations. Andrew was Asset Manager for the ORION laser, one of the largest science capital investments in the UK and managed several other science facilities. Also in 2011, Andrew became Head of Profession for Physics and in 2013 moved to be AWE Chief Scientist in which role he assured AWE Science and Capability and led the company’s Strategic External Outreach. He is now Head of Physics Function comprising 550 staff including AWE’s Criticality and Design Safety groups. Andrew is deputy Chair of the AWE Nuclear Safety Committee, the Warhead Safety Committee and a co-opted member of the MoD Trident Safety Committee. Andrew was appointed as a visiting Professor at Imperial College, London in 2012, and is a Chartered Physicist, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Fiona Rayment

Chief Science and Technology Officer, NNL

Fiona Rayment has dedicated more than 25 years to NNL and predecessor organisations, BNFL and Nexia Solutions. With extensive strategic and operational experience across a number of different nuclear sites in the UK and internationally, Fiona drives NNL’s science and technology agenda.

A chartered chemist and engineer with a PhD in chemistry from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Fiona is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the UK Nuclear Institute. She has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Fiona has recently served as a member of Euratom’s Science and Technology Committee, the Idaho National Laboratory’s Nuclear Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the American Nuclear Society Board and is immediate past chair of the UK’s Nuclear Skills Strategy Group. Her other roles across the sector include being on the board of the UK Nuclear Institute, a member of the Nuclear Industry Council and a member of the Office of Nuclear Regulation Chief Nuclear Inspector’s Independent Advisory Panel. Fiona is chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Energy Division at CEA - the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and is a Non-Executive Member of the UK Space Agency Steering Board.

In addition to representing the UK at a variety of international meetings, Fiona is a vice chair of the Nuclear Energy Agency’s Steering Committee Bureau, which exists as part of the OECD to facilitate co-operation among countries with nuclear energy infrastructure.

Fiona has long advocated widening participation in science and engineering and champions NNL’s sector-leading approach to diversity and inclusion.

She was awarded an OBE in 2017 and the French Légion d’Honneur in 2020.

Professor Thomas Scott

Director of the Southwest Nuclear Hub, University of Bristol

Professor Thomas Scott is Director of the Southwest Nuclear Hub, the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre (NRC) and the Interface Analysis Centre (IAC) at the University of Bristol. He holds a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering professorial research fellowship part funded by the AWE and for the past 6 years has worked closely with the NNL and Sellafield Ltd as the academic lead for their Centre of Expertise for Uranium and Reactive Metals. In 2017 he was appointed as a Special Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee assisting with the inquiry and arising report on civil nuclear technologies (Nuclear research and technology: Breaking the cycle of indecision).

His research is related to nuclear materials and the development and use of instruments to analyse and/or detect them for ensuring safety in the context of nuclear waste storage and disposal, reactor plant life extension, nuclear decommissioning, mining and surveying and nuclear accident response. He is an international expert in uranium corrosion and uranium hydride behaviour in nuclear waste storage and disposal environments with over 160 publications in leading international peer reviewed journals. Most recently he has become involved as a Co-Director for both EPSRC research hubs on Nuclear Robotics, using his experience of device development and deployment on nuclear sites to drive significant positive changes for the UK nuclear industries through the accelerate adoption of robotics and AI technologies.

Dr Eugene Shwageraus

University of Cambridge

Dr Eugene Shwageraus is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Nuclear Energy MPhil in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is also a part of the University of Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre which links and coordinates projects in areas related to nuclear technology, among them advanced reactor concepts as well as safety, waste management, nuclear policy and regulation. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and served as the Head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He also spent two years as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT and holds a PhD degree from MIT as well. He has strong research ties with Energy Sciences and Technology Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the US and worked there as a Visiting Scientist on multiple occasions. In the course of his career, he was a PI and Co-PI on a number of research projects sponsored by government research organisations, power utilities and private companies. He participated in and was a contributing author to a high-profile interdisciplinary study on “The Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle” commissioned by the MIT Energy Initiative. He has long standing academic interests in the development of numerical methods for modelling advanced reactors. In particular, multi-physics coupling of Monte Carlo neutron transport codes. Other projects he took part in include: Light Water Reactor designs for recycling and transmutation of Pu and minor actinides, improving performance of LWRs by using advanced fuels (such as Th and inert fuel matrices) with alternative cladding material (e.g. SiC) and alternative geometries (e.g. annular internally and externally cooled fuel), design of advanced fast gas cooled reactors with super-critical CO2 coolant, design of fast reactors with flexible conversion ratio cooled by sodium, lead as well as molten salt, and fast reactors with low- enriched uranium start-up.

Professor Andrew Storer

CEO, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear AMRC in August 2017, after joining as Managing Director in 2015.

Andrew has 30 years’ experience in the nuclear sector, from helping deliver large reactor components for Sizewell B at Northern Engineering Industries, to various manufacturing and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce. He was in charge of the UK submarine reactor component design group, before becoming the General Manager for through-life maintenance and support of the UK submarine reactor fleet. He then became Programme Director for Rolls-Royce’s civil nuclear business, leading customer engagement and bids with new build developers.

He represents the Nuclear AMRC on the UK Nuclear Industry Council and is an active member of the NIA Delivery Group. He sits on various groups, committees and associations and leads a number of supply chain initiatives on behalf of UK industry and Government. He is a Visiting Professor of Nuclear Manufacturing and Capability Development at the University of Sheffield.

Ashley Townes

Project Development Director, Westinghouse

Ash is a hands-on business leader and nuclear project professional with 28 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry, mostly in the nuclear sector.

Currently employed by Westinghouse as a Project Development Director, operating out of the UK and reporting to Cranberry US head office, Ash is responsible for Project Development for a portfolio of AP1000 projects worldwide.

Ash has significant practical experience in management roles on large nuclear EPC and development projects; from feasibility, design, nuclear safety case, to construction and commissioning management.

Ash understands the UK nuclear regulatory environment, has a good balance of commercial delivery acumen and empathy with nuclear operators’ drivers; a demonstrable track-record of achieving successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

Chris White

Director Government Affairs, URENCO Limited

Chris White is Director, Government Affairs, URENCO Limited, one of the leading Uranium Enrichment Companies, operating four facilities across Europe and the USA.

Located in the United Kingdom, Mr White has responsibilities covering government affairs across the UK.

Mr White’s specific focus is leading on government engagement and outreach activities, to optimise the Group’s standing and influence with external stakeholders, in support of the Group’s strategic and commercial objectives.

Mr White’s previous experience includes serving as company secretary/head of legal at a utility company, and as an energy partner at two international law firms, based in the City of London.

Mr White holds a Master’s Degree in International Business Law from the University of Manchester, and is qualified as a Solicitor in the United Kingdom.

Dr Paul Woollin

Research Director, TWI

Paul Woollin is Research Director at TWI, responsible for setting the technical direction of the £70m Research, Consultancy and Training business. His technical work at TWI concentrated on the performance of welded stainless steel and included many weld failure investigations and research and development programmes to find solutions to the underlying problems. Specific subjects have included avoiding cracking of duplex stainless steels under cathodic protection, weldability and stress corrosion cracking resistance of supermartensitic stainless steels and corrosion fatigue behaviour of carbon manganese steels and stainless steels. Paul is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, The Welding Institute and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.