Members and Observers of NIRAB from January 2014 to December 2016



The Chair


Dame Sue Ion

Chair of the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board

Dame Sue represents the UK on a number of international review and oversight committees for the nuclear sector including the Euratom Science and Technology Committee, which she Chairs, and the US Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advisory committee.



Professor Tim Abram

Professor of Nuclear Fuel Technology, University of Manchester

Tim Abram joined the University in 2008 as the first holder of the Westinghouse Chair in Nuclear Fuel Technology.

Andrew Carlick


With almost 30 years experience in the nuclear industry, Andrew’s career stems from a Chemical Engineering background with extensive experience in his early career in commissioning of nuclear plants.  

Richard Clegg

MD Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Richard has 30 years of experience in the nuclear community within industry, government and academia in both the civil and defence sectors. His technical background is in radiation chemistry and environmental modelling.

Professor Steven Cowley

Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Culham Laboratory

Steven became Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority's Culham Laboratory in September 2008 and Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009.

Mick Gornall

Managing Director, UK Fuel Operations, Springfields

Mick was appointed to the role of Managing Director in April 2013 and has over 30 years’ experience in the nuclear industry.

Paul Harding

Advisor to the CEO of URENCO

Paul is currently working as Advisor to URENCO in the area of SMR development.

Professor Neil Hyatt

Professor of Radioactive Waste Management at the University of Sheffield

Neil is Professor of Radioactive Waste Management at the University of Sheffield, supported by a Royal Academy of Engineering and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Research Chair.

Professor Malcom Joyce

Head of the Engineering Department, Lancaster University

Malcolm holds a Personal Chair in Nuclear Engineering at Lancaster University, and is currently Head of the Engineering Department at Lancaster.

Professor Bill Lee

Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Energy Centre for Doctoral Training at Imperial College London

Bill is a member of the Leverhulme Trust Panel of Advisors, the Royal Academy of Engineering International Activities Committee, and the Scientific and Environmental Advisory Board Tokamak Energy plc.

Dr John Lillington

Chief Technologist, Nuclear Reactors, AMEC

John has worked for 40 years within the UK Nuclear Industry with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), its privatised sector, AEA Technology, Serco and most recently AMEC.

Professor Andrew Sherry

Chief Science and Technology Officer, NNL

Andrew studied Metallurgy at Manchester where he did his PhD with Rolls-Royce before joining the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in 1987 where he led research into materials ageing and structural integrity.

Paul Stein

Chief Scientific Officer, Rolls-Royce plc

Paul Stein graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from King's College London in 1978.  

Neil Thomson

Senior Technical Advisor to EDF Energy and President of the Nuclear Institute

Prior to his appointment as Senior Technical Advisor Neil spent 7 years as Head of Research and Development and Head of Engineering in the EDF-Energy Nuclear Generation Business. His recent focus has been life extension of the AGR Fleet.

Mike Tynan

Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield

Mike was appointed CEO for the Nuclear AMRC in July 2013, having previously spent 5 years as CEO for Westinghouse in the UK.

Professor Laurence Williams

Chairman, Comittee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)

Peter Wylie

Senior Manager, Technical & Engineering Department, Sellafield Ltd

Peter works for Sellafield Ltd as a senior manager in the Technical & Engineering Department.



Derek Allen

Lead Technologist (Energy Generation & Supply), Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board)

Derek has over 30 years industrial and R&D experience in the Energy sector with large multinational organisations.

Neil Bateman

Research Portfolio Manager, Research Councils UK Energy Programme

Neil works in the RCUK Energy Programme which has a current portfolio in excess of £750M across the UK Research Councils.

Professor Melanie Brownridge

Head of Research and Development, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Melanie has worked in the nuclear industry for 18 years starting with BNFL (later National Nuclear Laboratory) focussing on effluent technologies and operational plant support.

Professor Timothy Dafforn

Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Professor Dafforn began his science career studying protein engineering at the Bristol University where he developed two different approaches to enzyme engineering based on forced evolution and rational design.

Professor Robin Grimes

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser

Robin is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser. He is also Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College.

John Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer

John has over 30 years of experience in private and, latterly, public sectors at a senior level. He was appointed to ONR as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in June 2012 and subsequently Chief Executive Officer in April 2013.

John Loughhead

Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change

John has been active in energy research for more than 30 years, predominantly in industrial development for the electronics and electrical power industries.

David Senior

David Senior is a Deputy Chief Inspector with the United Kingdom's Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). David is an Executive Member of the ONR Board and currently Director of Regulatory Assurance.

Sir Mark Walport

Chief Scientific Adviser, HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science

Sir Mark is the Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science.