Professor Melanie Brownridge

Head of Technology, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Melanie has worked in the nuclear industry for 23 years. She was attracted into the nuclear industry by the diversity of technical challenges and began her career with BNFL (later National Nuclear Laboratory). Here she held a variety of roles from operational plant support to customer facing roles including Programme Manager for legacy waste characterisation at Sellafield.


She joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in 2005 for the opportunity to contribute to a mission of national and international importance. Melanie is currently Head of Technology and is passionate about the essential role of technology and innovation in delivering nuclear decommissioning. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the NDA’s R&D strategy and the NDA’s R&D portfolio which sponsors strategic R&D across the NDA mission. In recent years she has introduced collaborative innovation programmes that have accelerated innovation deployment across the decommissioning programme. Melanie is also committed to attracting and developing new talent to the industry, valuing the ideas and challenge new people bring.


Melanie is a Non-Executive Director of Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), a visiting Professor at University of Leeds and sits on the International Advisory Panel for the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) in Japan.