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Alastair Evans

Alastair Evans joined NuGen as Head of Government Affairs in February 2016.

Alastair leads NuGen’s interaction with Government and Whitehall across the business. He advises the senior management team on Government engagement, appearances before Select Committees as well as drafting policy responses to calls for evidence.

Alastair has significant experience of the nuclear sector having previously worked at the Nuclear Industry Association on public affairs and policy work. Prior to this he worked for a public affairs consultancy. In this position he advised on lobbying, and campaigning for a range of clients, and ran 2 All Party Groups. He is active in politics and assisted in researching and drafting policy on work and pensions which was used in a party manifesto in the 2010 General Election.

Alastair is a graduate of Reading University, having studied for an LLB. He then moved to London in order to study for the Bar Vocational Course and is a member of Lincoln’s Inn.


Al Wilson

Over the last twenty years, from Boardroom to factory floor, from large corporations to micro SME’s from Workington to Tokyo you will have found me developing leaders and leadership.

Since Aug 2015 it’s been more Workington than Washington DC as I the General Manager at The Centre for Leadership Performance. Prior to this between 1995 and 2015 I led teams of Organisation Development specialists for Impact International, a global leadership development consultancy based in Windermere.

The Centre is a small not-for-profit organisation working to support the growth of leadership capacity across Cumbria. This involves learning and development at all levels and across all sectors. We work with organisations, individuals and communities to support and nurture the leaders that Cumbria needs.

I believe that collaboration, innovation, talent management and engagement are the BIG challenges facing all Cumbrian businesses and organization and that the success in dealing with them stands or falls on the quality of leadership!

Leadership proves, over and over again, to be the critical enabling factor.

In my role at the Centre I’m lucky in that I can combine my passion for developing people and leaders with the challenge of leading and running a business.

I love getting out and meeting new people, listening to them and helping them find solutions to challenges they face through developing their people and leadership.

Outside of work I really enjoy living in the Lake District and love to get out in the countryside with Joe and Dan, my two boys, on our mountain bikes or in our canoe.


Andy Ross

Andy is a qualified Chartered Surveyor of some 22 years, and has operated in the General Practice division of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors throughout his career. His formative career years were spent looking after Local Authority estates and property in the North East of England before taking up roles within private sector organisations delivering corporate estate management, acquisition and disposal work for a range of companies mainly in the retail sector. Following several years with Johnson Service Group in Bristol, managing and acquiring sites for their retail dry cleaning business Andy set his own business up in 2002 providing a more strategic approach to property advice on behalf of bodies holding large multi-sector property portfolios, assisting clients with using their property assets to help deliver business plan objectives and value to balance sheet.

Andy joined local Cumbrian surveying firm Hyde Harrington in 2004 as director and shareholder, and with whom he stayed for 6 years before setting up in partnership with local businessman Mark Walker to form North Associates in late 2010. North Associates was set up to focus purely on an holistic approach to strategic property advice, and help clients deliver value in their property holdings using a cross sector, multi-discipline approach to working. The North Associates model was formulated on allowing clients to run their core businesses whilst the North team carried out all of the work required in order to increase value in investment portfolios or produce efficiencies across corporate or operational estates. Working with clients such as Britains Energy Coast, Carrs Milling Industries, various local authorities, landed estates, high net worth individuals and investors the company quickly developed a reputation for being able to create significant value across all property types using their unique model.

In the autumn of 2015, a decision was made by the team at North Associates to find a partner to work with in order to broaden the delivery of their Strategic Asset Management work across a larger and more diverse client base, and in the October of that year WYG came forward to support them in this objective. Andy is now Director of Strategic Asset Management (SAM) for WYG in Carlisle, and the SAM team is continuing to grow, with particular emphasis on supporting the nuclear industry and regeneration objectives of the west coast of Cumbria.

Andy is a Member of the RICS.


Charles Hendry

Charles Hendry was Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden from 2001-2015 and was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. He was previously the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, from 2005-2010.

On leaving Ministerial office, the Prime Minister appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, a role he continued until leaving Parliament in 2015. He is Commissioner of the UK Pavilion at Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan on the theme of Future Energy.

He has recently been appointed by the former Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, to lead a review of tidal lagoon technology.

Since leaving Ministerial office, he has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh Business School, as President of the British Institute of Energy Economics, and as Patron of the Nuclear Institute.

He works extensively in the energy sector, having been Chairman of the Forewind Consortium (Statoil, Statkraft, SSE and RWE) from 2013-2015, securing consent to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the North Sea and an adviser on a possible electricity interconnector between Iceland and the United Kingdom. He is an adviser to Vitol, AECOM and London Oil & Gas.

Charles was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he received an Honours Degree in Business Studies (B. Comm). He is a University Regent and also an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute.


Clive Anderson

Clive’s early career was in oil, gas, and process engineering with Davy McKee and Shell, he read Civil Engineering at Oxford Brookes University then moved into infrastructure and construction management. Clive moved into consultancy in 1992, when he joined WYG delivering a range of process engineering and infrastructure projects. Clive qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer in 1995 and worked on a range of large scale infrastructure programmes throughout the UK. He was appointed a Director of WYG in 2002 and then Managing Director of the Group’s Project Management business in 2008. He was promoted to Divisional Managing Director for the UK business in 2012 with responsibility for staff across 14 offices. Clive is now a main Board Director of WYG and leads the successful delivery of the Group’s highest profile global contracts in technical project management and international development consultancy.

Clive provides oversight of WYG’s role supporting AMEC Foster Wheeler in the Polish Nuclear New Build Programme. Following Poland’s state owned Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA (PGE) plan to invest $100bn into their Nuclear New Build Programme, WYG’s existing Polish business helped secure the Employer’s Engineer role. WYG’s role includes; site wide master planning, licensing and permitting and development of the national infrastructure plan. This programme seeks to raise generating capacity from 13.1 GWe, to 21.3 GWe by 2035. PGE’s aim is to generate about 36% of its electricity using 6 GWe of nuclear capacity, with 11% coming from gas, 14% from renewables, 33% from lignite and 5% from coal.

Clive has extensive experience of working in intrinsically safe and secure environments and is chairman of WYG’s Security Committee. Clive also developed the group’s work in fragile and conflict affected states through the delivery of proportionate “duty of care” for insecure locations. No stranger to challenging environments, Clive has worked in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Poland and Russia.

Clive is Vice Chairman of Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), International Business Group and was elected Fellow of the ICE in 2015.


Ian Park

I am a director of Park Gate and Co Ltd, an SME electrical company based in Carlisle employing around 90 people, and also of Premium Power Units Ltd, a small electric motor distributor based in Clydebank, Glasgow. Park Gate were successful in tendering for part of the Sellafield / NDA MRO contract, firstly winning a 3 / 4 year contract in 2011 and again in 2015 with a 3 year contract.

I represent SME’s on the NDA Estate SME Steering Group, I am a member of the Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster and I represent Cumbria on the North West Regional Committee of the Electrical Contractors Association.


Ivan Baldwin

Ivan Baldwin is Business Development Director for Carr’s Engineering, a Carlisle based business that has been supporting the nuclear industry continuously for over 60 years including the fabrication of equipment for the world’s first civil nuclear reactors.

Ivan is also the Chair of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster which is a private sector led organisation, with over 320 members from SMEs to global companies with business interests in Cumbria.

Prior to moving to Cumbria, Ivan worked in project management and business development roles in the Aerospace and Defence sector with BAE Systems including overseas in the Middle East, North America and Europe.


Jamie Reed

Born 1973 in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

Educated at Whitehaven School before attending university in Manchester (BA English) and Leicester (MA Mass Communications).

Employment – worked as a public affairs professional for 10 years before entering parliament.

2005 Jamie Reed entered Parliament and served on two select committees, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Regulatory Reform Committee.

November 2006 he was appointed PPS to the Rt Hon Tony McNulty MP, Minister of State Policing, Security and Community Safety.

October 2008 Jamie was appointed PPS to the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, MP Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Women. He has also been the Chair of the APPG Digital Switchover since its inception. Jamie was also appointed Deputy Regional Minister for the North West.

October 2009 became a member of the Child Poverty Bill Committee.

January 2010 became a member of the Flood and Water Management Bill Committee.

May 2010 re-elected.

October 2010 to October 2011 Shadow Environment Minister.

October 2011 to September 2015 Shadow Health Minister.

May 2015 re-elected.

To relax Jamie likes to spend time with his family. He enjoys reading American Literature and Modern History. He also enjoys listening to music, watching football, fell walking and is a great supporter of Whitehaven RLFC.


John Clarke

John has held a number of business leadership roles during his 30 years working in the nuclear sector. He joined the NDA Board in 2008 from International Nuclear Services Ltd where he was Managing Director. Prior to that he spent eight years as part of the Sellafield Ltd Executive team, with five years as Head of Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ), followed by three years as Director of Production, where he was accountable for the majority of operational activities at Sellafield.

A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute, his early career involved a range of roles in the design, development, commissioning and operation of nuclear fuel processing plants.

Since joining NDA John has worked on commercial and business planning issues and played a leading role in the restructuring of the NDA under its previous CEO.

In April 2012, John took up the position as the NDA's Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.


John Fyfe

John Fyfe- Professor Fyfe has spent a lifetime working on strategic economic development issues with particular reference to employment aspects. His special interest has been in putting the concept and notions of ‘Partnership’ in practice in a wide range of developing countries and in local communities within the UK affected by decline in traditional industries.

He has been a full time trade union official in the coal mining industry, a former Non Executive Director of British Coal Enterprises, a specialist employment advisor for the British Government and helping many overseas countries with their economic development through setting up of local Partnerships. John has experience in the private sector as both a director and strategic advisor to a number of companies on management and development issues. He holds, or has held, senior academic appointments at Universities and Business Schools, including: Manchester, Amsterdam, Henley and Harvard.


John Robertson

John graduated from Glasgow University with BSc Hons in Mathematics/Physics and MSc in Experimental Nuclear Physics before joining the Ministry of Defence in 1984. Initially appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Nuclear Department of the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, in 1991 John was promoted to Principal Lecturer and Manager of the Reactor Physics Group and to the post of Assistant Director in 1997. John’s responsibilities in the Nuclear Department included the design and delivery of specialist training programmes and research in support of the naval nuclear propulsion programme. During this period, John served on several high-profile MoD committees responsible for the development of curricula, qualifications and standards for the defence nuclear industry and provided advice and support to the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator. In 2009, after 25 years in MoD, John joined GEN II Engineering and Technology Training Ltd (Gen2) as Director of Education and Nuclear Skills. Gen2 is one of the largest private engineering training providers in the UK and delivers a range of engineering apprenticeships, higher education programmes and specialist courses. John’s primary responsibility is for the development of Gen2’s nuclear portfolio including programmes in nuclear engineering, reactor operations, radiation protection, nuclear safety management and radiological environmental impact assessment. John has forged close links with academia and has been appointed Visiting Lecturer at the Universities of Manchester and Cumbria. John is a Trustee of the Nuclear Institute (NI) and chairs the NI’s Education and Training Committee.


Lord Hutton

Lord Hutton has been a Member of the Upper House since 2010 following a successful 18 year career as the Labour Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness. During this time, he held a number of ministerial positions including as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2005-07, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform from 2007-08, and Secretary of State for Defence from 2008-09.

Most recently, Lord Hutton was invited by the coalition government to Chair a Commission on public service pensions, with its final report being published in March this year.

Lord Hutton was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and has three sons and a daughter.


Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley is a weekly columnist for The Times and a Conservative member of the House of Lords. His books, including the Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything, have sold over a million copies in 30 languages. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Paul Dickson

Paul joined Armstrong Watson in 1998 from a global financial services corporation, becoming a partner in 2004. Prior to becoming Managing Partner, Paul headed up Armstrong Watson's Wealth Management division, responsible for looking after in excess of £600m of client investments. Paul also established our associated Asset Management company providing investment solutions and strategies for investors, that manages in excess of £150m and is Managing Director of that business too.

“As Managing Partner, Paul is responsible for the delivery of our business strategy and objectives ensuring that all our business streams provide for our clients. Paul believes that Armstrong Watson should always add value to our clients affairs, delivering proactive advice and solutions, ensuring that we look after our clients and look after our people. Our values of Passion, Honesty, Trust and Humanity should be lived by all our people all of the time. Values that dictate how we behave, what we do and how we do business. When you're with us, we're with you.”


Paul Howarth

Paul was appointed as Managing Director of the National Nuclear Laboratory on 1 January 2011.

Paul began his career with an 11 year spell working for the BNFL Group, in a variety of roles within the Research and Technology area, culminating is his being appointed as Programme Director for Advanced Reactors and Head of Group Science and Skills Strategy. He left BNFL to be the co-founder of the Dalton Nuclear Institute at The University of Manchester, prior to joining NNL in 2009.

A Technology Director with a track record of establishing and delivering multi-million pound nuclear energy programmes, Paul has a wide understanding and appreciation of the varied drivers in the academic and business worlds. Paul has run large groups and extensive portfolios in both environments and engaged with senior stakeholders across Government, academia and industry. He has a strong knowledge of the research affairs of national and international nuclear organisations.


Rick Wylie

In a career spanning over four decades, Rick has worked in and with public, private and social sectors in a range of commercial and policy settings. Today, as an academic, he is executive director of UCLan’s Applied Policy Science Unit and is working within the field of policy science in policy communities associated with social exclusion; place development and promotion; project and public value management; and the governance of integrated health and wellbeing.

As UCLan’s Samuel Lindow Academic Director, and ex officio Principal of the Samuel Lindow Foundation (an independent public benefit educational charity who are UCLan’s Educational Partner at Westlakes) he is responsible for the development of the UCLan Westlakes campus involving teaching, research and knowledge transfer opportunities with four UCLan Colleges in an applied setting in which the University is embedded in its community and engaged with communities and collaborators nationally, locally and internationally.

Rick’s publications include facility siting in the nuclear industry, perceived risk, the governance of space colonies and, currently, the role of a regional university. His research interests are currently place development and spirituality and public value management in the context of communities and partnerships.

Rick was formerly the Academic Development Manager of the Westlakes Research Institute and a Senior Consultant with Westlakes Scientific Consulting, a spinout company from British Nuclear Fuels in West Cumbria. Prior to that he was a research associate at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he was Deputy Director of the Government Enterprise Communication Unit and undertook contract research for the nuclear, oil and tourism industries.


Rob Johnston

Rob is Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Cumbria’s leading business organisation with around 1,400 members and engaging regularly with over 15,000, in the last five years alone supporting 15,000 businesses and 4,000 pre-starts, creating/safeguarding 8,500 jobs and generating over £550 GVA. Key initiatives include business start-up support, Made in Cumbria, international trade support and Cumbria Business Growth Hub, the latter recognised by BIS as a national exemplar.

He was awarded an MBE for services to business in 2012 and is IoD Northwest Social Enterprise Director of the Year 2015. Rob is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and President of the Institute’s Cumbria Branch, and a director of the Manchester Growth Company (which operates the northwest UKTI international trade contract) and Chambers of Commerce Northwest.

Rob is currently leading on a major piece of work on supply chain development, supported by Cumbria LEP. At the centre of this is an interactive supply chain gateway, drawing together for the first time specific information on supply chain needs and opportunities from larger organisations and a great range of resources to help smaller organisations develop their capabilities. Together in one place it makes it easier for potential suppliers to find out about the opportunities available and what they need to do to take advantage of them, helps businesses looking to buy and engage with potential suppliers and offers advice and information plus links into other relevant support and funding.

He played a pivotal role in the formation of Cumbria LEP and plays an active role in its work and key committees around European funding in the northwest. He is an ex LSC Regional and Cumbria Board member and an ex NWDA Board member.

A multimedia communications and branding specialist, Rob has worked internationally with clients as diverse as Audi, Volkswagen, Woolworths, Royal Bank of Scotland, UKAEA Vickers Defence Systems and BNFL, leading a team of specialists producing leading edge ICT and multimedia and winning numerous international awards.


Sandra Booth

Sandra has been a senior manager and strategic leader in enterprise and knowledge exchange for more than 12 years, developing specialist initiatives to stimulate innovation within higher education, promote graduate entrepreneurship, regional economic regeneration, business support infrastructure, employer engagement and knowledge transfer.

At Cumbria the primary aim of enterprise is to expand the university’s range of profitable activity, through the innovative deployment of physical and human resources to meet the needs of businesses and to focus our research and expertise on addressing key challenges in ways that can add value and can be applied to create positive changes in society and the economy.

Sandra’s role will focus on developing enterprising and dynamic ways for the university to collaborate with business, and she is fully committed to driving economic growth and wealth‐creating opportunities by working with partner organisations across Cumbria to make a positive impact in our region.

Sandra is the university strategic lead for:

Identification and exploitation of profitable business streams.

Business and employer engagement particularly with major businesses of the region.

Regional, national and international stakeholder relationship development.

Innovation and knowledge exchange.

Sandra began her professional career in marketing and worked for the Chartered Institute of Marketing developing partnerships with businesses and further and higher education providers who were seeking to bring a commercial focus into their organisations and more recently at Staffordshire University where she was Director of Enterprise and Commercial Development.


Tom Samson

Tom Samson joined NuGeneration as CEO in June 2015 and leads the company’s Moorside Project to build three AP1000 reactors in West Cumbria capable of generating 3.6GW, equivalent to seven per cent of the UK’s future electricity.

Joining NuGen from Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation where, as COO, Tom helped develop a programme to deliver new nuclear units at Barakah, in Abu Dhabi. Tom completed his Bachelor of Engineering at Edinburgh’s Napier University in 1990 and began his career at GEC Alstom as a design engineer before joining Marubeni Corporation, where over the years he has worked on energy and infrastructure projects in the USA, Caribbean, UAE and Europe, gaining a reputation for creating shareholder value and delivering successful projects.

A renowned business leader within the energy industry with extensive global experience in developing successful organisational structures, corporate governance models and Joint Venture partnerships, Tom will drive NuGen forward to create a company capable of delivering the next generation of the U.K's new nuclear reactors to provide safe, reliable, affordable and secure electricity to the United Kingdom with the planned development and implementation of one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe.



8am registration and breakfast

Morning session

Welcome- John Stevenson MP

Overview of national Nuclear policy

Collaborative working in the Nuclear sector- Professor John Fyfe

Nugen update and progress with Cumbria’s nuclear power station- Tom Samson, Nugen

Nuclear Laboratory- what it is, what it does- Paul Howarth, National Nuclear Laboratory

An introduction to the Nuclear Supply chain- Andy Storer- NAMRC

WYG- How we became part of the Nuclear Supply Chain- Clive Anderson

Lunch and exhibition of businesses connected with the Cumbrian Nuclear Sector

Afternoon breakout sessions

- Nuclear Supply Chain

- Nuclear Skills

- Professional services- assisting those working in the Nuclear Industry

Final Panel discussion- Where next for Nuclear in Cumbria and Nationally

Jamie Reed MP- Matt Ridley- Professor John Fyfe- Charles Hendry




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