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Appointment at the Palace for leading nuclear scientist

Dr Fiona Rayment, one of the UK’s most prominent nuclear scientists, travelled to London recently to receive her OBE from Her Majesty The Queen. Dr Rayment is executive director at the Warrington based Nuclear Innovation and Research Office (NIRO), part of the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

Her career highlights include the creation of a Nuclear Fuel Centre of Excellence, chairing the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (the nuclear sector's strategic skills body), chairing the Nuclear Energy Agency's Nuclear Innovation 2050 Advisory Panel and being a member of Idaho National Laboratory Nuclear Science and Technology Committee.

Dr Rayment said: “I am tremendously honoured to be awarded an OBE and I am so very proud. I am fortunate to work in an industry that has given me such pleasure and with so many great people who are leading innovations in energy R&D.”

The award recognises Dr Rayment’s work in the areas of R&D and innovation across the nuclear sector. She has more than twenty-five years of 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.

In addition to her NNL role, Dr Rayment also chairs the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group and is a member of the Fusion Advisory Board, the Office of Nuclear Regulation’s Advisory Board, Trustee and Fellow of the Nuclear Institute and the National Skills Academy Nuclear. She also chairs the Nuclear Institute’s Events Committee and NI Enterprises Ltd.

 Fiona Rayment

Source: NNL News & Media Centre (www.