North West Branch 71st Annual Dinner

Nuclear Institute North West Branch 71st Annual Dinner

On the evening of Thursday 14 June 2018, over 400 nuclear professionals from 45+ different organisations gathered at the Principal Hotel in Manchester city centre to attend the 71st Annual Dinner of the Nuclear Institute North West (NI NW) Branch.  

Guest of Honour was Dr Fiona Rayment, OBE, FRSC, FNucI, Executive Director NIRO, National Nuclear Laboratory. Rebecca Romero MBE, 2008 Olympic Champion - Individual Pursuit (Track Cycling), 2004 - Olympic Silver Medallist - Quadruple Sculls (Rowing), was the after dinner speaker.  

Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 19.00.49Formal proceedings were opened by NI NW Branch Chair and top table host Monica Mwanje who welcomed attendees and introduced the top table guest.





The top table guests in attendance were:  Dr Fiona Rayment, OBE, FRSC, FNucI, Executive Director NIRO, National  Laboratory, Rebecca Romero MBE, Adriènne Kelbie, Chief Executive, Office for Nuclear Regulation, Dr Rebecca Weston, Strategy and Technical Director, Sellafield Ltd, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association, Mick Gornall, Vice President and Managing Director Westinghouse UK and Middle East and
John Clarke, President of the Nuclear Institute. 

 During her keynote address, Dr Fiona Rayment outlined some of the challenges the UK nuclear industry is facing and proposed solutions to Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 19.03.22breakthrough them. She called for the industry to work with other sectors, incorporate technological advances and embrace the digital economy. She also highlighted that different thinking will be needed as the industry cannot: “…keep doing what we have always done.” She stated a need to engage with a more diverse workforce; to bring in skills, experience and thought leadership from all walks of life.  The result being: “… a diverse, inclusive sector where equality is prevalent in all that we do.” Additionally, Dr Rayment said she was especially proud to participate in an all-female line up (a first in the history of the dinner) alongside the branch chair and after dinner speaker. 


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Pictured from left to right: Dr Fiona Rayment, Rebecca Romero and Monica Mwanje. 

She also remarked: “I do hope this is the start of things to come and I’m looking forward to see how diverse we are in the years ahead. Our top table tonight has over 50% female attendees - is that a first?”

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After dinner, Rebecca Romero, provided an inspirational and motivational talk. Drawing on her career and life experiences, Rebecca told attendees what it took to reach Olympic medallist standard and World Champion level in Rowing. She then shared the remarkable story of her transition to cycling and how she became World Champion and Olympic Champion in that sport. She underlined the importance of having the right culture and environment for success, alongside providing the rest of her framework for high performance.  The raw honesty of her talk, resonated with the audience.

The awards portion of the evening commenced after Rebecca’s talk. Graduates from the NTEC programme were honoured, alongside the top 3 finalists from the 2018 North West branch heat of the YGN Speaking Competition. 

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After the awards, the charity raffle was drawn by Rebecca Romero. The raffle was a great success raising more than £3,000 for Reclaim.  The NI NW branch would like to thank all the organisations that donated prizes and all who bought raffle tickets.

Upon close of the formal part of the evening, guests enjoyed further networking opportunities in the ballroom or headed to the exclusive after party where live music was provided by Jukebox Band. 

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The NI NW Branch would like to thank: Abbott Risk Consulting, North West Projects, NTEC and RPS for their sponsorship of the 2018 Annual Dinner. 


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