As our Annual Report and Accounts for 2017 to 2018 are published, David Peattie, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, looks back over a year of progress and reflects on the learning that will transform the NDA into a stronger organisation, in the best possible shape to face challenges of the future.
Hannah Paterson, an enthusiastic nucleargraduate, shares her experience of international sharing of knowledge on waste management issues in Phoenix, Arizona, after winning a scholarship to attend this nuclear industry conference. Hannah is keen for anyone considering a career in nuclear to understand the breadth of opportunities that she has discovered on her journey so far.
Darrell Morris, NDA's Technical Assurance Manager, explains why innovation is so important for nuclear decommissioning. He encourages UK businesses to consider how their techniques and technology might address some of the challenges faced in our mission to decommission the UK's nuclear legacy.
John Clarke, NDA CEO, speaks at an international conference for the management of radioactive material and related topics. He gives an overview of progress in UK nuclear decommissioning and the value of international collaboration.
Bill Hamilton, Head of Stakeholder Relations, reports on recent web chats with those interested in NDA’s draft strategy for consultation. He suggests that anyone interested in what questions other people ask, can read the transcripts online.
Rick Short, Research Manager, reports on a recent seminar where NDA-funded PhD students presented their work to their academic peers, technical leads from the NDA’s estate and industry representatives. He outlines the value of their research for the NDA and how the event helped them see where they could make a difference.
Melanie Brownridge, Head of Technology, announces a £500,000 contribution from the NDA for innovative technology projects. This boosts Innovate UK’s recently announced Energy Game Changer funding to a total of £2 million. Melanie encourages innovative SMEs from outside the nuclear sector to apply for this funding and test how feasible their novel and radical ideas might be.
Adrian Simper, Strategy and Technology Director, thanks stakeholders for considering the issues in the NDA's draft revised strategy. He outlines plans for further engagement during the consultation period, and emphasises that he is keen to hear from people and organisations who are interested in how we decommission our 17 UK sites.
John Mathieson, Head of International Relations, recounts NDA’s support for Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Building on existing relationships, NDA has helped UK companies offer their expertise to deal with the challenges at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site.
As part of the consultation on the NDA's draft revised strategy, Karen Dickens seeks views on support for communities surrounding our sites. Karen explains the issues, the NDA's role and how we work with other organisations to ensure these communities have a sustainable economic future once the sites have closed.
Natasha Hanson, Head of HR Strategy and Delivery, and Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent, describe the challenges around maintaining a skilled workforce for such a long-term mission. They share the work underway to overcome these challenges, and seek your views on this approach.