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NIRAB Members

The Chair

Professor Francis Livens

Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute

Professor Francis Livens is Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, responsible for coordination of nuclear research and education across The University of Manchester. He is particularly focused on the linkages between Science & Engineering and Humanities, addressing the societal, cultural and organisational aspects of implementing nuclear technologies in modern societies. He was Nuclear Theme Champion at the Henry Royce Institute from 2017 to 2021. Francis has worked for over 30 years in environmental radioactivity and actinide chemistry, starting his career with the Natural Environment Research Council, where he was involved in the response to the Chernobyl accident. He has worked in many aspects of nuclear fuel cycle research, including effluent treatment, waste immobilisation and actinide chemistry. He has been a member of NIRAB since 2018, is a member of the Office of Nuclear Regulation Independent Advisory Panel, and has recently been appointed as Non-Executive Director of NDA. He has also performed numerous other important advisory roles in the UK and internationally, as a recognised expert in radiochemistry in particular plutonium and nuclear materials.


Kirsty Armer

Director of Westinghouse Government Services UK

Kirsty Armer is the Director of Westinghouse Government Services UK and brings over 25 years’ nuclear experience in a wide variety of leadership roles encompassing commercial sales, nuclear fuel manufacturing operations, decommissioning and waste management, quality and continuous improvement, and health physics and safety – in the UK and globally within Westinghouse. She has been a board director of Springfields Fuels Limited for over 10 years and has extensive experience in nuclear site operations. Kirsty holds a BSc degree in Physics from Manchester University, an MBA from Lancaster University and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Alyson Armett

Strategy and Planning Director for Sellafield Ltd

Alyson Armett is the Strategy and Planning Director for Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for the operation and clean-up of the UK’s largest nuclear site. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the business and developing its strategic and delivery plans in line with Government policy and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority strategy. Prior to joining Sellafield Ltd, Alyson worked for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and has a thorough knowledge of the challenges associated with decommissioning the UK’s civil nuclear sites.

Alyson is a highly experienced portfolio and programme manager with experience of delivering and assuring complex portfolios and programmes of work in highly regulated environments in the public and private sectors. She is a chartered engineer and registered project professional; has a degree in physics from the University of Edinburgh and a MBA from Warwick University; and is a high-risk review team leader for the Cabinet Office’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority. Prior to joining the nuclear industry, Alyson worked in engineering, operational and technical consultancy roles in the rail and steel industries.

Maggie Brown

Supplier Relationship Management, EDF Energy

Maggie Brown is currently working for EDF Energy on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project where she is responsible for developing and delivering the Supplier Relationship Management strategy, which focuses on identifying joint value opportunities with industry impact. Prior to HPC, Maggie was an Innovation Manager for Crossrail’s award-winning innovation programme where she was responsible for delivering innovation projects as well as driving the development of the i3P (Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform), the infrastructure industry’s first collaborative innovation delivery programme. Her experience is backed by an MSc in Political Sociology from the LSE where she learned about public policy and organisational politics. Her project management roles span across multiple sectors in the public, non-profit, and private spheres. Maggie is also the proud mother of an exuberant toddler who keeps her on her toes.

Gordon Bryan

Independent Expert

Gordon Bryan is recently retired after a 40 year career in the nuclear industry. The first 25 years were spent with British Nuclear Fuels, which operated across the whole nuclear fuel cycle, from fuel fabrication through reactor operation, spent fuel management and waste management and disposal. During this time he carried out a variety of roles which involved both the execution and the commissioning of research programmes. In subsequent roles he worked on the development of corporate strategies for decommissioning, waste management and wider liabilities management. This provided a good understanding of not only the technical challenges and opportunities facing the industry, but also how decisions made in one part of the fuel cycle have implications in others. From 2005 to 2020 Gordon worked for the National Nuclear Laboratory. Between 2014 and 2020 his role involved the facilitation of the work of NIRAB and the provision of technical support to BEIS.

Professor Gregg Butler

Head of Strategic Assessment, Dalton Nuclear Institute

Professor Gregg Butler read Metallurgy and completed a PhD on uranium alloys at University College Swansea. He worked for British Nuclear Fuels plc in R&D, planning, commercial, plant and general management posts in fuel manufacture, centrifuge enrichment, reprocessing, waste treatment and disposal. Gregg was Deputy Chief Executive from 1993-1996, a Director of UK Nirex (1990-1994), and MD of Pangea Resources Australia Pty Ltd (1998/99). He was a member of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (1994-2004), and of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (2012-2019).

Gregg is now Head of Strategic Assessment at the Dalton Nuclear Institute and directs Integrated Decision Management Ltd. He has published extensively on a broad range of nuclear topics, recently centred round the role of ‘nuclear energy in general and AMRs in particular’ in ‘Carbon Net Zero by 2050’, and the need for a ‘Level Playing Field’ in assessing the UK’s various possible decarbonisation paths.

Alun Ellis

Independent Expert

Alun Ellis is an independent member of the EdF Generation Nuclear Safety Committee and an independent assessor for the University of Cumbria nuclear engineer and nuclear scientist apprenticeship scheme. He worked for 40 years as an engineer, manager and director in the civil nuclear industry. As well as operational positions at Wylfa and Trawsfynydd he managed technical projects to support operation of the Magnox power stations and directed research, development, and community engagement activities to progress the establishment of a geological disposal facility for UK higher activity nuclear wastes. Alun is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Kirsty Gogan

Managing Partner of LucidCatalyst / co-founder of TerraPraxis

Kirsty Gogan is managing partner of LucidCatalyst, a highly specialised international consultancy offering thought leadership, strategy development and techno-economic expertise focused on multiplying and accelerating zero carbon technology options available for rapid, large-scale and competitive decarbonisation of the global economy. Kirsty is also co-founder, with Eric Ingersoll, of TerraPraxis, a non-profit organisation working with an extensive global network to define, incubate and initiate scalable strategies to deliver prosperity and decarbonisation. TerraPraxis published the widely cited report: Missing Link to a Livable Climate: How Hydrogen-Enabled Synthetic Fuels Can Help Deliver the Paris Goals (2020). The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently appointed Kirsty to serve on a committee to identify opportunities and barriers to the commercialisation of advanced nuclear technologies over the next 30 years. Kirsty sits on the Board of the US NGO, Nuclear Innovation Alliance, and is a co-founder of the global Clean Energy Ministerial Flexible Nuclear Campaign.

Martin Goodfellow

Technical & Assurance Director, Nuvia UK

Martin Goodfellow is Technical & Assurance Director, and also leads the Products & Innovation business, at Nuvia UK. Martin has significant experience of engineering, science, and research & development (R&D) across the nuclear, defence, and energy sectors. He has spent much of his career engaged in a combination of complex system design, collaborative R&D, and technical customer facing roles. Latterly, Martin held various responsibilities relating to Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development; combining his technical and commercial experience to successfully drive forwards the design and funding for a UK SMR R&D programme. Martin has a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Manchester, is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist and a Member of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. Through his work he has generated multiple patents and has published both academically and industrially on topics including Nuclear New Build, SMRs, systems design and manufacturing technology.

Professor Malcolm Joyce

Nuclear Engineering and Associate Dean for Research, Lancaster University

Malcolm Joyce is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Lancaster University and Associate Dean for Research (Cross-faculty). His industrial experience includes Smith System Engineering Ltd., BNFL plc. and Hybrid Instruments Ltd. He specialises in nuclear instrumentation, particularly radiation imaging with robots and neutron detection. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute, Editor on the journal ‘Progress in Nuclear Energy’ and Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. He led the Nuclear Lessons Learned study, on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineering the Future, and is co-investigator of the management group of the National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF). He received a higher Doctorate (DEng) in 2012, was awarded the James Watt medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2014 and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2016. In 2017 he completed the text: ‘Nuclear Engineering: A Conceptual Guide to Nuclear Power’.

Mike Lewis

Director of Lewis Risk Consulting Limited.

Mike Lewis is a chartered nuclear engineer with over 40 years experience in the nuclear sector in the UK and internationally (Europe, Canada, Middle East). He brings knowledge and insight from positions in nuclear design, engineering, operations, and expert services, for established and new build nuclear facilities. Mike’s principal technical expertise lies in the technology, safety and risk assessment, and licensing of nuclear power stations. In addition to leading a number of key projects in these areas during his career, he now provides expert advice to a UK nuclear safety committee and to organisations on the potential applications of nuclear technology.

Mike was previously Head of Nuclear Technology at Horizon Nuclear Power, Head of a team delivering international nuclear services, consultant to the IAEA, and is now the Director of Lewis Risk Consulting Limited.

Professor Edoardo Patelli

University of Strathclyde

Edoardo Patelli is a Professor in Risk and Uncertainty and the head of the Centre for Intelligent Infrastructure at the University of Strathclyde. He is also the Chair of the Technical Committee on Simulation for Safety and Reliability Analysis for the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA) and a member of the Committee on Probability and Statistics in the Physical Sciences (part of the Bernoulli Society). Before this, Prof Patelli was the deputy director of the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty and co-director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in “Risk and Uncertainty” at the University of Liverpool.

Prof. Patelli is an international expert in numerical simulation and computational methods. He has more than 20 years of experience in developing tools for decision making under severe uncertainty, creating and applying efficient and reliable digital approaches supported by AI technologies for uncertainty management, validation and verification of digital environment, aka digital twins. Current research focuses on understanding human performance and reliability and the interaction with intelligent and autonomous systems.

Fiona Rayment

Chief Science and Technology Officer, NNL

Fiona Rayment has dedicated more than 25 years to NNL and predecessor organisations, BNFL and Nexia Solutions. With extensive strategic and operational experience across a number of different nuclear sites in the UK and internationally, Fiona drives NNL’s science and technology agenda.

A chartered chemist and engineer with a PhD in chemistry from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Fiona is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the UK Nuclear Institute. She has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Fiona has recently served as a member of Euratom’s Science and Technology Committee, the Idaho National Laboratory’s Nuclear Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the American Nuclear Society Board and is immediate past chair of the UK’s Nuclear Skills Strategy Group. Her other roles across the sector include being on the board of the UK Nuclear Institute, a member of the Nuclear Industry Council and a member of the Office of Nuclear Regulation Chief Nuclear Inspector’s Independent Advisory Panel. Fiona is chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Energy Division at CEA - the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and is a Non-Executive Member of the UK Space Agency Steering Board.

In addition to representing the UK at a variety of international meetings, Fiona is a vice chair of the Nuclear Energy Agency’s Steering Committee Bureau, which exists as part of the OECD to facilitate co-operation among countries with nuclear energy infrastructure.

Fiona has long advocated widening participation in science and engineering and champions NNL’s sector-leading approach to diversity and inclusion.

She was awarded an OBE in 2017 and the French Légion d’Honneur in 2020.

John Stairmand

Technical Director of Technology & Cyber Solutions, Jacobs

John Stairmand is the Technical Director of the Technology & Cyber Solutions business of Jacobs. He is a fellow of the IChemE and has worked on nuclear fuel cycle R&D, and subsequently in the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries. He was Director for the Jacobs Materials Science and Structural Integrity business, developing several reactor-facing internationally leading technologies, and managing the establishment of the “High Temperature Facility”. In his current role he has technical oversight of Jacobs laboratories and associated engineering services with a focus on SMR, AMR, fusion, current class reactors and decommissioning.

John has been an active member of the EPSRC peer review college for about 25 years, and is a member of their Strategic Advisory Network. He is a visiting Professor at the Dalton Nuclear Institute of Manchester University and the Nuclear Futures Institute of Bangor University.