Mark Wareing, the NDA’s Major Projects and Programmes Manager, has been involved with Sellafield’s legacy ponds and silos for the last 20 years. He acts as the link between Sellafield and the NDA to support the decommissioning mission and provide assurance to government and stakeholders that the NDA are making efficient and effective progress.
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.
NDA's Head of Integrated Waste Management, James McKinney, seeks views on the proposal for a single radioactive waste strategy. He also asks for feedback on NDA’s waste management principles described in its draft revised strategy for consultation.
NDA's Head of Technology, Melanie Brownridge, explains how the NDA ensures the right level of research and development helps progress the decommissioning mission. Melanie seeks feedback on this approach via the consultation on NDA’s draft revised strategy.