In my experience, one of the biggest frustrations of the community and organisations that represent the community is being told what is needed to improve an area. "Here's what you need" is the very last thing that we as an organisation should say to our local communities. In this post I explain why.
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.
Ron Gorham, NDA's Head of Supply Chain Optimisation, seeks challenges and suggestions from our supply chain. We want to continue encouraging a dynamic, vibrant supply chain.
Jon Phillips, NDA’s Director of Communications, celebrates investment for north-west Wales and explains why supporting efforts that help mitigate the impacts of decommissioning on local communities is an important part of the NDA’s remit.
Calder Bain, who started his apprenticeship in the 1960s at Dounreay and worked on the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) before it was built, is part of the site’s in-house design team responsible for safely dismantling the reactor. He ponders on the unique challenges they face.
Lee Chapman of FIRMA Engineering Ltd, Doncaster, discusses some of the challenges faced by small businesses looking to enter the decommissioning market.
John Lawes, NDA Contract Manager at Dounreay, explains how the NDA's Asset Transfer Scheme has enabled the Dounreay site to acquire a third fire engine so that it complies with requirements from its regulator: Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
Richard James, NDA’s Risk Manager, reports from a recent conference led by the NDA’s Chief Executive John Clarke. Around 40 senior executives from the NDA estate, the Site Licence Companies (SLCs) and the regulatory authorities attended the 2015 annual Risk Management Conference.