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The Hitch Hikers Guide to Nuclear – NE Region First Annual Dinner and Conference

"Standards and Expectations in the Nuclear Industry" Conference

Nearly 50 delegates attended the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Nuclear" seminar at Darchem Engineering in Stillington on the Thursday 12th February.

The seminar was organised by the North East Branch and sponsored by Darchem Engineering Ltd, which attracted attendees from all disciplines within the nuclear industry and from most of the major organisations operating in the North East.

The seminar was designed to give an overview of the nuclear industry with the focus on the standards and expectations for nuclear. It was kicked off with a welcome speech by the Branch Chairman, Philip Vaughan, and followed by the Institute’s President, Tim Chittenden, discussing Nuclear Professionalism.

Delegates benefited from an assortment of topics including, Nuclear Professionalism, Supply Chain, Nuclear Skills & Training to  Design for Nuclear,  which were presented by the industry experts. The lunch session provided was a welcomed opportunity for the delegates to network with each other.

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Picture: Members make the most of an opportunity for some informal networking

NE Region First Annual Dinner

Later that evening, the North East Branch first annual dinner took place at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall Hotel. The event was attended by over 70 people who enjoyed the entertainment of a magician prior to dinner being served.

The evening’s keynote speech was delivered by Tim Chittenden. The after-dinner guest speaker was Simon Parsons of EDF Energy, Hartlepool Power Station. Simon, who is the station director, enthusiastically shared the challenges he was faced with during the Double Reactor Outage (DRO) late last year. His speech was reassuring and encouraging and received a great ovation from the audience.

The dinner created an excellent opportunity for the nuclear professionals in the region to network with like minded people in a less formal setting.

Overall, the event was a resounding success with many of the attendees taking away valuable information relating to the nuclear industry/ market


*Our sincerest thanks to Chelliah Prabhakar (EDF Energy, Hartlepool) for taking the time to provide an insight into this event.