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. Melanie undertook a variety of roles including Programme Manager for legacy waste characterisation.


Melanie joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in 2005 and is currently Head of Technology. She is responsible for development and implementation of the NDA’s R&D strategy across NDA’s estate. This includes the NDA’s Direct Research Portfolio which sponsors strategic R&D work across NDA’s mission linking innovation and skills. Melanie is a Non-Executive Director of Radioactive Waste Management Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NDA, since its formation in April 2014.


Melanie is also a visiting Professor at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds.