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Five new Trustees elected to the NI Board

The Nuclear Institute is delighted to announce the election of Fiona Rayment, Rebecca Weston, Clive Smith, Paul Pearson and Alastair Laird as new Trustees to the Board.

The five (profiles below) were formally elected as Trustees at the Nuclear Institute AGM held on 4 December at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. They will join NI President Tim Chittenden, Former NI President Norman Harrison, Ali Tehrani, Chris Wiliams, Mark Lyons and Roy Manning to form the Board of Trustees for 2015.

Tim Chittenden, Nuclear Institute President, said: "We are thrilled to welcome the new trustees to the Board, it was fantastic to have them join us for our final trustee meeting of the year on Thursday. We look forward to receiving the benefit of their great experience and enthusiasm as we work together with our staff and members to lead the NI forward."

A number of vacancies were available for the elections this year, since it was decided that the number of trustees should be increased in line with the Nuclear Institute Bye Laws (Section 18). Kirk Mayer, Fred Sheil and Rick Lockwood also stepped down from the Board after serving two full terms.

Tim Chittenden said: "The NI is extremely grateful for the dedicated service of Kirk, Fred and Rick over many years. We look forward to their continued support as members and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

Prior to election, the new trustees were reviewed by the nominations committee to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Nuclear Institute Bye Laws, and that the correct balance of members and learned members is maintained.

The candidates were nominated by the Board of Trustees as well as the membership. As the number proposed was within the total number of new trustees allowed, there was no need for a member ballot.


Fiona RaymentFiona Rayment, Chair of the Events Committee, Director of NI Enterprises Board and Trustee 

Fiona is the Director for Fuel Cycle Solutions within the NNL, covering technology developments in advanced fuels, spent fuel management, asset care, safety, security & safeguards. Fiona is a chartered Chemist with a BSc (Honours) and a PhD in Chemistry from University of Strathclyde. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Nuclear Institute. She has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Fiona has twenty years nuclear industry experience, working primarily within technology, operations and strategic planning roles across a number of different nuclear sites both in the UK and internationally.

Fiona is also a board member of the National Skills Academy Nuclear, a member of the Fusion Advisory Board and the Office of Nuclear Regulation Advisory Board.

Clive SmithClive Smith, OBE MSc CEng FNucI, Chair of Membership Committee and Trustee

Clive started his career as an apprentice Control Engineer in the Royal Navy, serving for 37 years. At sea he initially served in a frigate and an Aircraft Carrier before joining the submarine service. Latterly he served as the Chief Engineer of an amphibious assault ship where he was also the staff marine engineer to the Commander Amphibious Warfare and 3 Commando Brigade and during this period he was awarded the OBE. On shore he served in a variety of engineering roles; mainly relating to nuclear safety and safety regulation. Clive was seconded to the Department of Trade and Industry as the Nuclear Industry Skills Project Manager and then set up a Nuclear Skills Team within the Ministry of Defence.

Since leaving the Royal Navy, Clive has remained engaged in the nuclear skills agenda, initially as a project manager with Energy Foresight. He has been a senior lecturer in Nuclear Safety Management in the Royal Navy’s nuclear department and from 2008-2014 he was the Skills Development Director for the Nuclear Industries with Cogent Sector Skills Council. Clive is now the Principal Engineer with STS Nuclear, an SME providing nuclear training and education and safety management services.

Paul Pearson Paul Pearson, Honorary Treasurer and Trustee 

Paul is a Director in PwC’s Energy Sector with over 30 years’ experience of advising government agencies, authorities and private sector clients on nuclear engineering and management consultancy, with considerable experience of the highly regulated Nuclear, Industrial, Defence and Marine sectors.

He is focused on client requirements, financial management and programme delivery with a sound understanding of consultancy and engineering activities from operational turnaround, supply chain and asset management, process improvement, design and manufacture through to installation, operation and disposal.

Paul has experience of working on nuclear operations and processing programmes, reactor plant and associated system design, decommissioning and maintenance activities and has managed consultancy businesses delivering significant projects in the nuclear sector.

Paul has proven leadership in business change with profitable growth into new and existing markets.

Rebecca WestonRebecca Weston, Trustee

Rebecca has held a number of senior positions at Sellafield in Operations, Technical and Commercial, across a range of nuclear operations and waste management activities, but has particular expertise in Special Nuclear Material and the back end of the fuel cycle. She is currently a senior manager within their Decommissioning Division.
Rebecca has recently added an Executive MBA to her professional and technical qualifications. PhD qualified, she is a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. A Learned Member of the Nuclear Institute, she has volunteered for some 10 years at branch level, having chaired the Cumbria branch for 3 years until the end of 2013. She also served on the Education and Training Committee for the Institute and is committed to skills, training and development. Relevant to these interests, she is also a board director of the Centre for Leadership Performance, a SME with socio-economic drivers, with the aim of improving leadership in West Cumbria.

Alastair LairdAlastair Laird, Trustee

Alastair has over 28 years of experience in the UK nuclear sector and manages the international activities of Project Time and Cost International Ltd, focused on nuclear decommissioning and clean-up. Prior to joining PT&C Alastair worked for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and chaired the sanction and national programme governance and reporting processes.

Prior to the NDA Alastair worked at six UK nuclear licensed sites: four operational power plants, one shutdown power plant and spent five years at Sellafield. He has performed technical, operational, and senior managerial roles covering reactor physics, operations, engineering and fuel route support. Alastair’s real passion though is anything that is project and risk management led and anything that involves educational programmes and the Young Generation Network. He has a BSc (Honors) in Physics.

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