Nuclear Security Conference 2023

After a 4-year absence, join us at our upcoming nuclear security conference to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly growing civil and defence nuclear sectors. This event offers unparalleled access to top experts and to learn about the latest developments, giving you the tools you need to thrive in this exciting field.

Whether you're a seasoned professional in the field or just starting out, this conference is the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge, network with skilled professionals and discover new strategies for enhancing nuclear security.

Our overall aim is to provide an opportunity for nuclear security professionals to congregate, network and share views on the issues, opportunities and challenges affecting the delivery of nuclear security in the UK.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to re-connect with fellow professionals, explore the latest advances in nuclear security, and capture the massive growth potential in the industry. Register now and get ready to be part of the future of nuclear security.

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This is a one-day conference, that includes a drinks and networking reception in the evening. 

09:00 - 09:30 Registration 

Arrival, registration and tea/coffee refreshments

09:30 - 10:00 Welcome and Introductions


Welcome and Introduction

Jasbir Sidhu

Nuclear Institute President 

CEO, Corporate Risk Associates


Interactive Engagement Welcome Session

Introduction and objectives


  • Define your 3 key challenges: word cloud
  • Define your 3 key opportunities: word cloud
  • Quick reflections and summary

Reflections and Summary

  • Objectives from today’s conference
  • Key aims for engagement in the Nuclear Security SIG
10:00 - 11:00 Policy and Regulation: Challenges/Issues/Opportunities 

Chair: Stacy Snook, Coventry University

Simon Jessop

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero 

Simon Jessop leads the Department's Civil Nuclear Security Policy team which works to ensure the UK’s civil nuclear sector has a robust approach to security across all threat vectors – with a particular focus on cyber, physical and increasingly the economic security of the sector. He leads the implementation of the Civil Nuclear Cyber Security Strategy working collaboratively with industry, the regulator and national technical authority to ensure the resilience of the sector in the face of a dynamic cyber threat.

Prior to this role, Simon was responsible for Gigawatt Policy looking to develop credible GW-scale nuclear projects to support the UK’s energy security and net zero ambitions. And before entering the civil nuclear sector, he has held a range a security focused roles across government focused on investment security, tax compliance, counter-proliferation and organised crime.


Brian Daly

Office for Nuclear Regulation

Brian is the Head of Profession for Protective Security at the Office for Nuclear Regulation.  In addition to his work across the domestic civil nuclear industry, Brian represents the United Kingdom at the IAEA Nuclear Security Guidance Committee and supports elements of the IAEA’s international nuclear security training programme. Before joining ONR, Brian represented the Ministry of Defence on the National Security Review Committee and held senior positions in a variety of security, intelligence and policing roles across Defence.





11:30 - 12:30 Challenges/Issues/Opportunities 2

Chair: Anu Khurmi, Managing Director, Templar Executives

Simon Johnson

Rolls Royce SMR 

Simon is accountable for responsible for all aspects of security at Rolls Royce SMR. He currently directs a multidisciplinary physical, personnel & cyber security team, which is also responsible for the production of the Security case for the RR SMR Generic Design Assessment.

Prior to moving to RR SMR, Simon worked at Springfields Fuels Limited for over 30 years and was its Head of Security & Nuclear Safeguards for the last 15 years.


Alan Crowdy

Authority Lead for Security and Safeguards, Newcleo

Alan Crowdy serves as the Design Authority Lead for Security and Safeguards at NewCleo, a role where he is instrumental in shaping the security and safety landscape of the organisation.

  • Development of Security by Design and Safeguards by Design into the LFR designs;
  • Planning and Delivery of the Generic Design Assessment;
  • Development of the Security Case and Safeguards Case; and
  • Intelligent Customer for Security and Safeguards from within the DA.

Eddie Marrett

Head of Security and Safeguards, Magnox Ltd.

Eddie is accountable for advising the effective implementation of security measures and for monitoring compliance with relevant policies across Magnox Ltd. He currently directs a multidisciplinary physical security and safeguards team responsible for the current and future integrated security design of the decommissioning nuclear fleet under our authority.

Prior to Magnox Ltd, Eddie was the Head of Security in the UK Civil Nuclear Business and Head of Security and Resilience for the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Programme. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2014 from EDF Generation, where he spent four years as the Site Head of Security at Sizewell B Power Station.



13:30 - 15:00 Innovation and Relevant Good Practice 

Chair: Dr Robyn Remke, Lancaster University 

Jonathan Price OBE

Head of Security, EDF Generation

Jonny joined EDF Generation as the Head of Nuclear Security in September 2013 shortly after leaving the British Army, having been promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2011 and 21 years’ service. 

He is currently the Head of Nuclear Security in EDF’s Technical Services Organisation providing nuclear security governance, oversight and support to all three EDF nuclear licensees throughout the entire nuclear life cycle. 


Tom Eagleton

Principal Inspector Protective Security Professional Lead, ONR

Dr. Tom Eagleton is the new head of Innovation and Standards at the UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). With a background in science and security, he previously served as the Professional Lead for Protective Security at ONR. He managed security projects for the UK Home Office, focusing on CBRN equipment and aviation security. Tom has a PhD in materials science, is a Chartered Physicist, and is a member of the Security Institute.



Jeremy Edwards

Head of Security Strategy, National Nuclear Laboratory

With over 27 years experience working with the UK NNL, Jeremy leads the development and delivery of the NNL Nuclear Security Strategy responsible for positioning the Lab to support UK Government in delivering its policy objectives and ensuring access to the NNL and wider sector capability.  

Since 2006, Jeremy has managed the development and delivery of a nuclear security and threat reduction capability within NNL. He has led capacity-building projects, and contributed to a number of international IAEA TECDOC publications.



Sam Stephens

Head of Security Consulting, Jacobs (UK)

Sam joined Jacobs in 2018, and currently leading the delivery of digital and security services for several major projects within the nuclear sector. This includes the NWS GDF programme, Hinkley Point C Technical Support Alliance, Sizewell C, U-Battery Advanced Modular Reactor Programme and the Rolls Royce SMR joint collaboration. 

15:30 - 16:55 SQEP and Skills, Resilient Capability and Capacity 

Session Chair: Chris Reid, Sellafield Ltd. 

Dr Paul Martin

Coventry University and RUSI

Dr Paul Martin CBE is a security practitioner with more than thirty years’ experience in the UK national security arena. He has been an independent member of the Nuclear Security Committee for Sellafield since 2016. During a long career in UK government service he held various positions, including heading the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI, now NPSA) and leading national security preparations for the London 2012 Olympics.

From 2013 to 2016 he was the Director of Security for the UK Parliament. He now advises various UK government entities and private sector organisations on security and resilience, with a particular focus on insider risk. Paul is Professor of Practice at Coventry University’s new London-based Protective Security Lab, a Distinguished Fellow of RUSI, an Honorary Fellow of Imperial College London and a member of the UK Police Science Council. 



Supt. Tim Needham

Civil Nuclear Constabulary

Superintendent Tim Needham has been a member of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) for 27 years.Since joining the CNC Tim has undertaken several operational, intelligence and corporate roles including a secondment to a national intelligence unit.

Tim has been the Head of the Strategic Escort Group since 2016 and has been involved in planning and commanding armed escort operations in the UK and internationally. In his early police service Tim was a qualified firearms officer and also part of a specialist response team conducting armed protection and response duties at the Sellafield Nuclear Plant in the UK. 


Megan Clarke

Nucleargraduates – sponsored by ONR

Megan Clarke is a Nuclear Graduate sponsored by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) currently seconded to Global Nuclear Security Partners (GNSP). She has a BA in Politics and International Relations and an MA in International Security and Terrorism.  

During her secondment with the ONR she has helped to assess a Vital Area Identification and will be using her background along with the knowledge and skills learnt during her secondment with ONR to support GNSP on a range of client-facing projects.



Megan Fearon

Security Strategy and Policy Advisor, Sellafield Ltd.

Megan's role specifically assesses Sellafield's physical security policies and procedures; with specific knowledge on implementing Physical Protection Systems.  She also heads up the organisation's Security and Modelling Simulation capability.

Megan has recently been awarded 'Certified Nuclear Security specialist Professional, (CNSsP) with the World Institute of Nuclear Security (WINS) after successfully completing the WINS Academy in Nuclear Security Programme Management, which has consolidated her achieving Chartered Management accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute. 



16:55 - 19:00  Closing Address and Drinks Reception

16:55 - 17:00 Closing Address: Jeremy Edwards, Chair of the conference organising committee and NI Nuclear Security SIG Chair

17:00 - 19:00 Drinks Reception: all delegates are invited to attend the Drinks Reception to continue discussions and network following the formal conference programme. 



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