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.
Alison Kay, from National Grid, is working towards a board-level role and joined the NDA’s Board as an observer last year to progress her career. Alison describes how the experience of watching the board at work helped her personal development.
Rick Short, NDA’s Research Manager, reports from the second DISTINCTIVE conference attended by PhD students and around 70 representatives from industry, regulators and international organisations. He outlines the importance of students understanding the context for their work to solve decommissioning challenges and how solutions can be applied on the ground.
Beth Ripper, National Waste Inventory Manager at the NDA, puts the spotlight on waste data and invites your thoughts on how to improve the presentation of radioactive waste information.
Mark Jervis, Managing Director of International Nuclear Services (INS), describes how the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS 2016) will bring more than 50 heads of state and four international organisations together to discuss intergovernmental policies in global nuclear security. The Nuclear Industry Summit (NIS 2016), an official side event of NSS 16, will attract nuclear industry leaders from around the world to address the future use of nuclear technology, cybersecurity and securing nuclear materials. Here Mark explains the key role INS has played in delivering commitments at previous summits.
Yvonne Morris, NDA Research Manager, joined innovators and end users of new technologies at a recent event that showcased the results of leveraged NDA investment in nuclear research and development over the last 4 years. Decommissioning projects across the NDA’s estate are now benefitting from these innovative technologies. She encourages innovators and those tackling the decommissioning challenges to share their knowledge further.
Beccy Pleasant, NDA Head of Skills and Talent, shares her inspiring experience of judging at this week’s Gen2 National Apprenticeship Week Challenge. She wants to keep pushing for employers, trainers, and the younger generation to participate in such apprenticeships and traineeships that introduce greater diversity in the nuclear decommissioning workforce.
Sara Lodge, Director at Beehive Coaching and Leadership Development Ltd, describes her experience of participating in the NDA's SME mentoring scheme. She encourages small companies to consider joining the scheme if they want to get more involved in the UK's nuclear decommissioning market.
Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent, explains why, even though NDA sites are heading for eventual closure, it is essential that NDA, its estate, subsidiaries and supply chain support apprenticeships.
Melanie Brownridge, NDA Head of Technology, describes her recent experience of seeing the Fukushima Dai-ichi site in Japan that is abuzz with activity and a ‘can do’ attitude. Her visit helped her appreciate the scale of the technology challenges.
NDA Research Manager Rick Short congratulates the UK research students who have been awarded scholarships to attend a prestigious international conference on nuclear decommissioning.