SPEAKERS

Philip Adams

Senior Manager for Employment and Skills,
Devon County Council

Phill Adams is the Senior Manager for Employment and Skills at Devon County Council, with lead responsibility for skills, training and employment matters. He is responsible for the development of the County’s overall Employment and Skills approach, as well as lead officer for the Council’s in-house adult learning and training provider, Learn Devon. Phill also leads delivery on behalf of the Heart of the South West LEP’s People theme, including its approach to the European Social Fund and wider national policy initiatives.   

Before joining Devon County Council, Phill spent 5 years as the Service Manager for Economy and Housing issues at Sedgemoor District Council in Somerset, with a focus on the ongoing nuclear development at Hinkley Point. Before joining local government, Phill also spent several years in Whitehall leading on regional economic policy, as well as an early career working within the Department of Trade and Industry and the Regional Development Agency in Yorkshire. 

Usmann Ahmed

In a relatively short career, I have been lucky to have had a broad range of experiences across the Nuclear Industry in both Civil & Defence, working on critical projects within significant facilities. I have experienced the full nuclear lifecycle from fuel manufacture (Sellafield), Generating Stations (EDF), Decommissioning (Magnox), reprocessing, encapsulating & storing of nuclear waste (Sellafield).

My current role is in Defence, leading an engineering team in the replacement of a complex control & protection system for the MOD.

Having achieved CEng, I enjoy continuing to work with the IET and Jacobs to develop engineers through to Professional Development.

Outside work I enjoy socialising, traveling and try my hand at the odd bit of DIY!”

Dagmer Albers

D&I lead,
Pfizer UK

Dagmar holds since July 2019 the position of D&I lead at Pfizer UK, developing and implementing a strategic plan to promote equality and gender parity in order to close the Gender Pay Gap. 

Dagmar is a strategic problem solver and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in Analytics, Customer Insights and Marketing in FMCG as well as in Pharmaceuticals, known for creating alternative ways to solve a wide variety of business problems – always having ideas how to do things differently. Her passion for Diversity & Inclusion is further demonstrated by volunteering for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, a global non-profit organisation from across the healthcare industry committed to achieving gender parity, facilitating career and business connections and providing effective practices that enable organisations to realize the full potential of their talent.

Dipak Arya

Group Head of D&I,
NDA

Dipak Arya is the Group Head of D&I at Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. He joined the business in June 2020 and is responsible for leading the D&I Strategy across a group of 8 businesses and 17 nuclear sites.  

Previously, Dipak was the Head of D&I, Air Sector, BAE Systems, responsible for leading an inclusion step in an international business in the UK, Europe, US Programmes, Middle East, Australia and the Chief Operating Office which included engineering, project management, manufacturing, maintenance and central functions. 

Dipak has over 25 years’ of D&I experience and has championed inclusion across the public, private and third sectors.  He has gained a valuable insights into best practice across local government, National Health Service, as Group Head of D&I (Housing) and as Head of D&I, Sustainability and Safeguarding (Work Programme/DWP). Prior to this he was a Director of his own company and as a D&I Consultant has worked with over 30 organisations to develop their D&I approach.  

Dipak started his career in youth work and social work supporting vulnerable young people and disadvantaged communities to ensure their voices would be heard. He has worked with diverse organisations, customers and communities across all diversity strands to address inequalities and ensure services are fair, accessible and inclusive for all.

Emily Ball

Control and Instrumentation Apprentice,
EDF Energy

Emily Ball is a fourth year Control and Instrumentation Apprentice at EDF’s Nuclear Power Station in Hartlepool. She began her Apprenticeship at Cottam Coal Power Station in the Midlands, after leaving secondary school. She travelled to Portsmouth for her initial training where she gained her Level 3 BTEC in Engineering and was streamed into the C&I trade. However, midway through Emily’s second year, it became evident that Cottam needed to close for decommissioning in early 2020. Emily, alongside other Apprentices, Technicians and Engineers, was encouraged to pursue a career in the Nuclear Sector within EDF. Emily then moved to the North East to begin working at Hartlepool’s Nuclear Power Station. Emily is now completing her HNC in Instrumentation and Control Engineering and has just completed the final stage of the new MOET Qualification.

Codie Barnes

People Strategy Delivery Manager,
NDA

Codie Barnes joined the NDA in September 2020 as People Strategy Delivery Manager. Codie’s role focuses on the alignment and integration of the People Strategy; specifically focusing on skills and early careers across the NDA group.

Hazel Blears

Social Value Specialist,
NDA

Hazel has extensive experience in Government having spent 18 years as a Member of Parliament and a Government Minister for Health, Policing and Counter Terrorism and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. During her time as an MP Hazel co authored the Social Value Act and has remained deeply involved with the development of policy and practice. 

Hazel is currently providing advice to the whole of the NDA Group on how to maximise the social, economic and environmental impact of its work to decommission and clean up the UK’s oldest nuclear sites. 

In her role at the NDA Hazel is examining a number of important areas:

  • How to use the power of procurement to maximise impact. 
  • How to make impact through recruitment, employment and development of colleagues.
  • How to maximise impact in investment and innovation decisions. 
  • Measuring social value and impact with intellect and integrity to ensure long term benefits.

David Boath

Vice President and Chief Engineer,
Jacobs

David Boath is Chair of the ECITB Nuclear Sector Forum and is leading the NSSG workstream on Transferability.  

In his role as Vice President and Chief Engineer of Jacobs nuclear business, he is responsible for project delivery assurance, including competency assurance, training and security.  Starting as a graduate trainee with the company, David has been involved in design, construction, operational support and decommissioning of nuclear power stations and facilities for 40 years. 

With broad industry knowledge and a passion for quality, technical excellence, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the industry, David is involved in a number of industry bodies, including:-

  • Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) – ECITB representative
  • Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) – Independent Advisory Panel member
  • National Skills Academy Nuclear – Employer Advisory Board
  • Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board (NIRAB) – advising UK Government on nuclear research and innovation priorities
  • Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP) – Governing Board member, advising the EC on nuclear R&D priorities

Andy Brown

Director, Operations
ECITB

Andy has been in engineering since 1982, when he joined the Royal Air Force as an aircraft technician. During his career Andy worked on a variety of system platforms across different parts of the world. In the latter part of his career, Andy developed technical training and competence schemes and then moved in to a training management role; responsible for managing a medium sized engineering training school.

In 2006, Andy joined the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board http://www.ecitb.org.uk/ providing training solutions for the contracting industry which supports all of the UK process industries from Upstream Oil and Gas to Nuclear New Build to petrochemical sites to renewable energy production through to water treatment works. 

In February Feb 2013, Andy was appointed as Director, Operations. Andy now has responsibility for all UK based employer and Approved Training Provider engagement through the regionally based account management teams.

Martin Carver

Partner
Primeast

Martin Carver, Partner, Primeast – Martin works with clients globally designing and delivering leadership programmes focused around developing skills AND mindset. He is an accredited coach and certified practitioner of the Leadership Circle Profile, Barrett Values CTT. He is passionate about helping leaders develop the emotional intelligence and resilience to lead in a VICA world.

Sarah Cave

Partner
Primeast

Partner, Primeast Sarah is an experienced and accredited Leadership Circle Profile coach and Barrett Values practitioner. She designs and delivers management and leadership programmes for clients globally, delivering both face-to-face and virtually across a range of sectors including telecoms, automotive, pharmaceutical and energy-related.

Jennie Chapman

Head of Nuclear Skills
EDF

Jennie Chapman is the Head of Nuclear Skills for EDF. Her career spans nearly 20 years in the industry working in Nuclear New Build and with the EDF Generation fleet with an interest in skills and capability development as well as HR. Her current role is focused on delivering technical skills and capability for construction, commissioning, operations and decommissioning. Jennie is the EDF representative on the NSSG and she leads the pathways and apprenticeships work stream and chairs the developers work stream working with the other nuclear developers in the UK.

Dave Clarke

Deputy Security Director & Group Security Controller
Jacobs

David is a Deputy Security Director & Group Security Controller for Jacobs in the UK and has been based out of their Exeter Office for over 30 years. His current role involves the oversight of multiple Secure Facilities and Personnel Security/Vetting and all that comes with that across their business in the UK.   He is also a former Chair of the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network where he was involved with Cogent and Nuclear Skills during his reign. 

On top of this, David has been a member of DISA for 12 years and has been a qualified tutor for the last 5 years and has become the lead tutor on their Security Controller Training Course.   

In 2015, David launched the DISA Nuclear Security Group (NSG) as a result of differences when working across the Nuclear & Defence sectors.   

Jim Cochrane

Ministry of Defence

Jim currently works for the Ministry of Defence, where his role is to deliver a safe, environmentally responsible and cost-effective solution to dismantling the 27 nuclear powered submarines after they have left operational service with the Royal Navy. The UK is the only country in the world to have adopt an approach of removing radioactive substances and recycling a submarine and so is leading from the front with this approach. 

After studying Chemistry at University, Jim’s first job was working in a laboratory analysing samples of sheep dip that the company manufactured. However, he quickly realised that working in a laboratory environment doing

analytical chemistry was not the right role for him and so decided to embark on a different route with what was then called British Nuclear Fuels Ltd working at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria. Flash forward a few years, after leaving BNFL, studying for a MBA, and leaving the nuclear sector altogether to join an environmental consultancy, Jim came back to the nuclear industry to undertake a role as a nuclear site inspector for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Having worked for SEPA for 18 years, a final career move saw Jim leave the civil sector to undertake his current role in the defence sector where he is in charge of a small nuclear team tasked with dismantling ex-service nuclear submarines.

Dave Cole

Director
Atkins

David Cole is Director of Atkins Power business in UK and Europe. This includes Atkins’ activities on operational nuclear power stations, conventional powerstations, electrical networks and energy storage. David has also leads on Engineering Net Zero, our group input into delivering low-carbon energy systems through various papers and public engagement.

John Davis

Submarine Delivery Agency

John Davis works in the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) having completed a range of roles in project management, transformational change including an external secondment to the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG).  He is now working in nuclear liabilities setting MOD strategy and applying a portfolio management approach.  John has retained a connection with the NSSG maintaining an involvement in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and has stepped forward to take a leading role in the Flexibility, Agility Well-Being and Mental Health Subgroup.

Kathryn Dunne

People and Strategy Delivery lead
NDA

Delivery Lead on Succession and functional Talent across the NDA Group, creating a collaborative group wide lens on how to identify, assess, develop and talk about our talent.  Visible Mobility across the NDA group is another key delivery area I lead on and one that supports, builds and enhances our Talent for the future.

Russell Evans

CEO & MD
Primeast

Russell Evans, CEO & MD Primeast – Russell is a highly experienced coach and facilitator working with leaders to help them develop the mindset and behaviours needed to build leadership effectiveness and achieve business growth. He is passionate about unlocking the true potential of individuals which leads to a better, more sustainable and aligned performance for individuals, teams. leaders and organisations.

Sarah Grayston

Assistant Chief Engineer
Jacobs

Sarah Grayston is an Assistant Chief Engineer at Jacobs, working on the Naval Nuclear Submarine Programme since 2009. In 2020, she undertook the role of Shadow Theme Lead for Transferability for the NSSG where she has been helping to deliver the various work streams under this theme. Having graduated from The University of Manchester in 2008 with a MEng in Aerospace Engineering, Sarah fell into the nuclear sector almost by accident during a flurry of job applications post-graduation. However, it was clearly meant to be having stayed within the industry ever since, in a career she had described as being rewarding, full of opportunity and never having a dull moment.

Jack Gritt

WiN Global Executive Board

Jack Gritt is a Chartered Mathematician and a Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. With 36 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, Jack has held a number of positions including executive management, director of operations, programme and project management, transformation and change management, safety case management and performance and quality.

In addition she is a champion for inclusion and diversity in the work place with a keen focus on the performance benefits that can be achieved via outstanding leadership in this field. 

It was in the early years of her career that she formed a passion for encouraging people in the nuclear industry, especially women. She currently sits on the WiN Global Executive Board, is the UK representative on the WiN Global Board as well as retaining a role with WiN UK in a Non-Executive Director capacity. Through these roles Jack believes she can continue to build a future for the nuclear industry and create an environment where women can thrive in this exciting sector which offers endless opportunities.

Martin Groom

People and Organisation Consulting group lead
PWC

Martin leads the People and Organisation Consulting group in Northern Ireland and directs the people element of large scale transformation projects across UK Government Departments. A specialist in learning and talent, Martin brings expertise in leadership development, coaching and change management to complex behaviour change assignments. 

Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, holds a Diploma in Business Coaching and is a qualified psychometric practitioner. As our Workforce Strategy lead for Consulting in the UK, Martin is responsible for bringing PwC insight to clients and helping to design and deliver innovative solutions to workforce challenges. 

Rodger Harding

Chief Executive
RECLAIM

Roger Harding is Chief Executive of RECLAIM, the working class youth leadership charity. RECLAIM fights to ensure working class people are represented and heard wherever decisions are made that affect their lives. It does it through programmes to support a diverse new generation of young working class leaders, helping them campaign for change, and working with organisations who want to be inclusive of working class talent.

After being raised by a single mum in a council house, Roger began his career fighting for social justice at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation before becoming Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns at Shelter. Since 2017 he has been a Non-Exec Board Trustee of Victim Support, and in 2019 was selected to join the Mayor of London’s new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.

Kieron Hersnip

Early Careers Advisor
NNL

Kieron grew up and lives in Wigan, a town renowned for rugby league. 

Kieron enjoyed school, especially the sports side of it. A keen football fan, a golf and huge American Football enthusiast and of course rugby league player it was only natural that when he left school he was successful in getting the opportunity to play professional rugby league for Salford City Reds at the young age of 15. Dedicated to the sport, he developed a discipline to work, work, work to stay on the path to success, which paid off when he represented Great Britain in Australia and New Zealand. 

A serious injury resulted in Kieron having to retire from the sport, however he didn’t let this deter his enthusiasm and started work at a young offenders institution working with youngsters ready to be released back in to the ‘real world’ where he realised it was his calling to help the younger generation. Taking his experience and skills, Kieron changed his career path to work as an early career’s advisor for the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory offering one to one support for those starting out on their career journey.

Kirsty Hewitson

Executive Director – Capability
KTN

Kirsty is currently Executive Director-Capability at KTN where she is responsible for leading teams across a wide range of sectors including materials, manufacturing, robotics, space and security. KTN’s mission is to connect ideas, people and communities to respond to challenges and drive positive change through innovation. KTN’s diverse connections span business, government, funders, research and the third sector.

Kirsty previously held the position of VP Strategy and Innovation at the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) where she was responsible for identifying, translating and commercialising early stage technology opportunities together with embedding a culture of innovation across the organisation. 

Prior to NNL, Kirsty was VP Life Sciences at Ploughshare Innovations, converting defence and security innovations, from across the Ministry of Defence, into civilian applications. 

Kirsty holds a MChem and a PhD in bio-organic chemistry, both from the University of Oxford.

Emily Hutchinson

Founder
Apply Psychology

Emily Hutchinson is the founder of Apply Psychology and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with wide-ranging experience over many years of practice with different clients, particularly in the engineering sector. In 2004, she was featured as one of Britain’s 10 leading Occupational Psychologists by the Independent on Sunday. 

She stays closely connected to the academic world, is Associate Editor (Books) for The Psychologist, and has published a book (April 2021) with co-author Caroline Brown: The Strengths-Based Organization: How to boost inclusivity, wellbeing and performance.

Ross Jappy

Primeast

Emily Hutchinson is the founder of Apply Psychology and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with wide-ranging experience over many years of practice with different clients, particularly in the engineering sector. In 2004, she was featured as one of Britain’s 10 leading Occupational Psychologists by the Independent on Sunday. 

She stays closely connected to the academic world, is Associate Editor (Books) for The Psychologist, and has published a book (April 2021) with co-author Caroline Brown: The Strengths-Based Organization: How to boost inclusivity, wellbeing and performance.

Sarah Long

Low Carbon projects Lead
Atkins

Sarah Long is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Chartered Project Professional. She started her career as a junior engineer working on Oil & Gas platforms in the North Sea and on a wide variety of structural integrity engineering projects. She then spent time working in Bangalore. She has spent the last 15 years delivering many large Aerospace, Defence and Energy engineering projects, including most recently as the Programme lead for EDF Energy’s Graphite Programme. She is now leading Atkins strategy for delivery of low carbon projects. 

Throughout her career Sarah has championed support for women at Atkins and in Engineering roles and is passionate about the wider diversity agenda.  She has led much of Atkins offering on STEM work with schools in the past and is now focusing on education related to Net Zero.

Heather Lovell

Westinghouse Springfields

Heather is an Engineer in the Product Design Group at Westinghouse Springfields Fuels Ltd. In 2015, she started at Westinghouse as a Higher Engineering Apprentice and completed her apprenticeship in August 2019. During this time, Heather has completed a HNC and progressed on to achieve a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronic Engineering. 

Throughout her apprenticeship she has won a few company apprentice awards which resulted in Westinghouse nominating her for the UK Nuclear Skills Awards. Then at the 2020 UK Nuclear Skills Awards, I won Engineering Apprentice of the Year and the overall UK Nuclear Apprentice of the Year award. It was amazing to receive recognition at such a prestigious event. 

Heather’s current role is within the site’s Product Design Group where she works in the Product and Process Materials team. The team is responsible for defining the technical requirements for materials and components used in the manufacture of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor fuel (which helps provide around 32% of the UK’s low carbon electricity), and ensuring the quality of products delivered by 18 suppliers across the UK and Europe. The team is responsible for assessing changes to the design and manufacturing routes of these products. Heather has also recently been accepted onto an Advanced Engineering Materials masters, which she chose to develop herself in her current role.

Lynne Matthews

Edf Energy

Lynne has working in the industry for over 20 years treading an interesting path founded in marketing of and currently leading on socio economic skills strategy for EDF New Build . Lynne has gained vast experience working in the utilities industry nationally and globally. Skilled in development of innovative strategic solutions in a variety of areas including socio economic development relating to skills and education for major nuclear infrastructure projects, transformation, employee communications development and engagement.  Lynne has also lead on global projects in Asia and Europe as SME for the UN International Atomic Energy Authority.  

Lynne joined the NSD Core PMO on a Part time, secondment in November to lead on Stakeholder engagement and communications. She also a member of Nuclear Skills Strategy Group Next Generation.  

David Morton

Jacobs

David is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate of Glasgow University; 40+ years in the Oil & Gas and Energy industry. 20 years with Brown & Root/KBR; 11 years+ with Wood Group. Posted in a number of countries around the world including Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Algeria, Norway in addition to working in the UK North Sea sector. A mixture of very different cultures all requiring a collaborative approach to be successful. Now working for Jacobs heading up their interests as the design and engineering partner of Sellafield PPP; one of the greatest collaborative partnerships in the whole of the UK.

His transition to the nuclear industry happened by accident rather than design based on recognised successes driving positive change in different cultures and complex working environments.

Roddy Miller

Director of Nuclear New Build
Doosan Babcock

Roddy Miller has 20 years’ experience in the Engineering Construction Industry and is Director of Doosan Babcock’s Nuclear New Build division. Spearheading this business stream as part of the company’s overall strategy to develop the skills, technologies and innovations needed to support a carbon neutral energy system. Roddy is part of a team that are managing the development of the Sizewell C Consortium.

Sarah Mintey MBE

Founder
Developing Experts

Sarah founded Developing Experts in 2015 with the goal of creating a fit for purpose curriculum for schools. Her company now works with over 5000 UK schools and 3500 Chinese schools. In 2019 Developing Experts won Tech Nation’s Rising Stars and was voted best EdTech product in Europe, and in 2020 the company won Google for Start-up’s Immersion program.

Last year the company was appointed by the rail industry to create its careers and skills platform ‘Routes into Rail’ and won an Innovate UK grant to develop an AI reporting dashboard which builds and tracks STEM’s future talent pipeline to improve the proportion of women and BAME engineers in the energy sector.

Through its science curriculum for schools and its careers library for the whole family, Developing Experts has created the ideal solution to build and engage future and present talent pipelines by signposting and connecting local talent to local opportunity. Developing Experts connects the world of work and learning.

Andrew Murdoch

Project Development Director
Bradwell B Nuclear New Build Project

Andrew Murdoch is Project Development Director of Bradwell B nuclear new build project.  Andrew has worked in project development/ delivery within the power/ nuclear sector for over 15 years.  He joined CGN UK in 2019 having previously played a key role in the Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Newydd development.   

Andrew led the Bradwell B project development team through the first stage of public consultation in 2020 and is particularly focussed on ensuring the Bradwell B project is set up for success.  Building a capable supply chain and essential skills base in partnership with local, regional and national bodies is essential to delivering CGN’s goal in the UK.  Andrew is keen to ensure that CGN learns the lessons from other nuclear projects in the UK and welcomes the opportunity to participate in this event.

Chris Nattress

Principal and Chief Executive
Lakes College

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Chris has been the Principal and Chief Executive at Lakes College since 2013, where he held the deputy principal role for five years previously.

With a background in finance and banking, Chris went on to develop a career as a teacher, manager and senior leader in further education and higher education colleges.

In his current role, he provides leadership and direction through the college mission and vision of sustaining an excellent technical college, and maximising opportunities for the communities and industries of Cumbria and beyond.

He sits on several boards and forums including as a member of Association of School and College Leaders, a member of the West Cumbria headteachers and principals group, as a governor for Lakes College as well as Cockermouth High School and he is also a founder member of the Lakes College maths centre for excellence. Chris also acts as a full board member of the National College for Nuclear.

Marcia Ore
Assoc CIPD MSc MA PgCert

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Partner
UKAEA

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Marcia’s diversity, inclusion and equity journey began when she responded to the Scarman Report following the riots that took place in the UK in 1981. Lord Scarman said “complex political, social and economic factors” created a “disposition towards violent protest”.  He warned that “Urgent action” was needed to prevent racial disadvantage becoming an “endemic, ineradicable disease threatening the very survival of our society”.  

One of Lord Scarman’s recommendations was to have a more representative police force, and this prompted her to become a Police Officer in 1982. During her thirty-year career Marcia held several roles where she challenged the structural barriers to equality, diversity, and inclusion which existed in the police service. 

Since retiring from the police she has continued being actively involved with diversity, inclusion and equity, particularly relating to race and ethnicity, young people and individuals with disabilities and women. She continues to deliver training, facilitate workshops, and contribute as a keynote speaker at conferences and webinars. In addition, to supporting organisations to develop their strategic approach to inclusion, diversity, and equity.  

Marcia has been the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Partner at UK Atomic Energy Authority since July 2019, is a member of WiN UK Central Committee and School Governor at a secondary school in Hampshire with the portfolio of linked Governor for Offsite school visits and Mental Health.  

She holds numerous qualifications including Master of Science (MSc) in Education Management and Leadership and Master of Arts (MA) in Coaching and Mentoring for Personal, Business and Organisational Development, Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Business Coaching, certified DiSc trainer and certified in using Hogrefe Implicitly (unconscious bias) psychometric assessment.

Corhyn Parr

Director of Integrated Waste
NDA

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Corhyn Parr is Director of Integrated Waste at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), a role which includes creating a national programme to improve how waste is retrieved, treated, transported, stored and disposed of. She has worked within the nuclear industry for 20 years since graduating as a mechanical engineer, supporting nuclear operations, generation, decommissioning and waste management.

She is also the current Chair of the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) which is an important national alliance for skills and provides a space for Government and industry to join forces on the right skills strategy and plan for nuclear. A core passion of hers is to drive for a fully diverse and inclusive nuclear sector and as Exec sponsor for D&I at NDA is steering efforts across the group to build a new EDI strategy to deliver step change.

David Peattie

CEO
NDA

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David Peattie was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in 2017, following a 33 year career in a number of technical, commercial and senior management positions in the oil and gas industry, including a final role as Head of BP Russia.

David has significant global experience of leadership in the energy, oil and gas industries, and a strong track record in tackling complex commercial and engineering challenges in the UK and internationally. Prior to taking up his role at the NDA, David was Chief Executive Officer at Fairfield Energy, where he led the successful turnaround of performance of North Sea assets and oversaw the start of the decommissioning project for the Dunlin Alpha Platform. He has also served as Chairman of Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd since 2017. 

David was appointed Patron of Women in Nuclear UK in 2020 and supports their work in improving gender balance in the nuclear industry. He also personally established and funds undergraduate bursaries for Engineering students at Dundee University. 

Liz Pollard

Founder
Enabling Bold Moves

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Liz Pollard is the founder of Enabling Bold Moves which is a leadership coaching and change management consultancy. Liz has 12 years experience coaching with business leaders, specifically within the nuclear industry.  She designs and delivers her own in-house change management projects and has a proven track record of coaching leaders to successfully implement and sustain business transformation.

Dianne Richardson

Member Engagement Director of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC)
Social Value Lead for KBR on PPP

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Dianne Richardson is an experienced social value manager who leads the KBR contribution to social impact in the Programme and Project Partners (PPP) model. Her varied career covers roles in the public sector, education and nuclear as well as some time spent running a business in West Cumbria. Since October 2019, Dianne has been KBR’s social impact lead for PPP – a 20-year partnership between Sellafield Ltd and four world class partners – KBR, Jacobs, Morgan Sindall and Doosan Babcock – to revolutionise major project delivery at the Sellafield site and leave a lasting legacy. 

Dianne holds volunteer roles as a board member on Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster and Copeland Community Fund as well as being a member of the steering group of Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership. Dianne is a strong advocate for delivery of social value in Cumbria.

A firm believer in lifelong learning, Dianne completed her MSc Corporate Social Responsibility while working as a social value practitioner and, during the past 12 months, Dianne has been leading the project team of Invest in Cumbria Alliance, which is an innovative inward investment and social value delivery model. She is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and member of Social Value UK.

Stuart Rimmer

CEO
East Coast College

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Stuart Rimmer the CEO of East Coast College. Stuart has worked in education at a senior level for over 15 years. He now serves on the New Anglia Skills Advisory Panel Board, Great Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and chairs the National Policy Group relating to Mental Health at the Association of Colleges. Last year he founded the National Energy Skills Consortium (NESC) which is a collaboration network of colleges and higher education institutions. East Coast College, which serves over 5,000 students and 600 staff annually with a turnover of £30million per year, is the leading college in the eastern region with a national reputation for excellence for the energy sector, recently investing in a £11.3 million Energy Skills Centre in Lowestoft and Offshore Wind Centre in Great Yarmouth. He is a senior visiting fellow in leadership and management at the University of Suffolk.  

Dr Ros Rivaz

Chair
NDA

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Dr Ros Rivaz has been Chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority since September 2020.

Ros has a wide range of experience in executive and non-executive roles in blue chip companies, predominantly in highly regulated and high hazard environments, both in the UK and internationally.

She started her career in ExxonMobil, working across all business areas, with an increasing focus in manufacturing, engineering and ESG. After some 19 years, Ros moved forward to perform senior roles in international companies including Tate & Lyle, ICI, Diageo and Smith & Nephew. Ros’s executive career culminated as Smith & Nephew’s Global Chief Operating Officer, a position she held from 2011-2014. There Ros led work on the group’s global transformation for supply chain, manufacturing, engineering and procurement. She was also responsible for regulatory matters including health, safety, environmental performance, IT and cyber-security; she retains a strong interest in all these areas as reflected in her subsequent board roles.

Ros’s non-executive career has retained sector breadth whilst focussing principally in high hazard, manufacturing and engineering businesses.

Simon Tarver

Partner
Primeast

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Simon Tarver, Partner Primeast. Simon is a highly skilled coach and facilitator specialising in leadership management and the development of high-performing teams. Working with leaders and managers Simon is a champion of experiential learning and brings energy to his delivery, making the subject relevant so that participants understand how best to apply the skills and knowledge they learn to the workplace.

Vikki Tatnell

Equality Diversity & Inclusion Lead
Magnox

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Vikki Tatnell is the Equality Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Magnox. She is responsible for driving the Magnox ED&I strategy forward with her exec sponsors and delivering a wide variety of D&I campaigns.  She was instrumental in implementing the Thriving at Work standards, introducing a network of over 100 Mental Health First Aiders and raising the awareness of the topic of wellbeing. Vikki’s career started in Learning & Development and she has over 30 years of HR experience covering a wide range of HR disciplines. Vikki’s passion for Diversity and Inclusion ensures Magnox is a place where people are respected, included and can perform at their best.

Callum Thomas

Founder & CEO
Thomas Thor Associates

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Callum is the founder and CEO of Thomas Thor Associates, a recruitment, executive search and HR consulting organisation dedicated exclusively to the global nuclear industry and with offices across Europe, North America and the Middle East. He supports governments, regulators, operators, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers and research organisations in building and sustaining a competent, diverse and inclusive nuclear workforce. His expertise is in attracting, recruiting and retaining the workforce required to build, operate, maintain and decommission nuclear facilities. Having worked in the nuclear industry across more than 30 countries, Callum has a global perspective on human resources and capacity building within nuclear. He is passionate about achieving inclusion and diversity in the global nuclear workforce and is co-founder of the not-for-profit initiative Diversity & Inclusion in UK Nuclear. 

Callum also works as a consultant for the IAEA in the areas of Human Resource Development and Knowledge Management and sits on the UK’s Next Generation Nuclear Industry Council. He has been involved in initiatives to support IAEA member states with existing nuclear power infrastructure as well as those developing new nuclear power programmes.

Lynsey Valentine

Strategy Director
Cavendish Nuclear

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Lynsey has been in the nuclear industry for over 18 years, starting out as a graduate technical specialist with the UK Atomic Energy Authority focussed on decommissioning and waste management. As Strategy Director for Cavendish Nuclear she is responsible for facilitating the development and delivery of the Cavendish Nuclear Strategic Plan across a UK customer base including Sellafield, AWE, EDF, Magnox and Dounreay, and with international focus on Japan, Canada and Europe. In January 2020 she was appointed President of Women in Nuclear UK whose mission is to address the industry’s gender balance, improve the representation of women in leadership and to engage with the public on nuclear issues.

Chris Wilkins

Director of Primary Education
Cumbria Education Trust

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Chris is Director of Primary Education at Cumbria Education Trust. Before this he was Executive Headteacher of the St Ninian Catholic Federation in Carlisle. Previously he was a headteacher for 16 years in catholic schools in the Midlands and Cumbria. He has a wealth of experience of inspection from both sides. 

He is passionate about providing the best possible opportunities for children is always looking to work with colleagues to improve those outcomes. Chris is committed to the idea that working closely together as educators is the only way to achieve a better education for all. 

Chris is an LLE, S48 inspector and chaired for 2 years, the Local Alliance of System Leaders in the North of Cumbria comprising of 108 schools.

Sarah Winship

Inclusion and Diversity Lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Jacobs

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Sarah is an experienced Diversity and Inclusion practitioner and an authentic advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion. She has a proven track record of developing and leading creative, outcome-focused diversity and inclusion strategies, with an emphasis on adding value and building momentum through positive organisational change. She is currently the Inclusion and Diversity Lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Jacobs, where she has responsibility for developing and implementing a strategy for the region, aligning with global priorities while recognising the challenges and opportunities of the varied geography of these regions.  

Sarah’s experience spans a number of sectors. She started her career at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust where she developed a co-ordinated approach to equality and diversity across both health service delivery and development, and employment issues.  She spent 8 years at Durham University, where she was responsible for developing, promoting and implementing the university’s equality and diversity strategy and for developing and embedding the equality and diversity agenda across the institution.  In 2016 she took on the role of National Manager for Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing at the legal firm Shoosmiths LLP, advising leaders in the firm as well as clients on a wide range of I&D issues, before joining Jacobs in 2019.