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Try to find that correlation in everything you do. Jon Salthouse, Content Director, Owl Live

Try to find that correlation in everything you do. Jon Salthouse, Content Director, Owl Live

October 13, 2021

Jon Salthouse is currently the Content Director for Owl Live, which is a Brand Experience Agency specialising in employee engagement, training and events. Jon has had over 10 years of experience of working in engagement with companies such as Google, EY and Toyota. Outside of his career Jon has an interest in classic cars, cycling and photography.

Jon grew up in Birmingham and lived there until he was about 19 years old. Jon went on the theatre school after doing a year at sixth form where he got a triple distinction. He then went on to study musical theatre for three years at Stella Mann College.

After college, Jon went to work on cruise chips in the entertainment team, travelling the world for a year. After suffering an injury during one of his performances, Jon decided to look into the management side of the entertainment industry. From here, Jon started to work as a freelance Event Manager for a huge range of agencies. He also did his Level 5 Award in Behavioural Economics

Jon then went to become a freelance Senior Producer for psLIVE where he lead on pitches and briefs and worked on the digital content for large companies. Jon then on to become the Creative Producer for The Smarty Train.

This then led Jon to work for Owl Live where he leads the strategic communications and content direction for all pitches.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jon-salthouse-36640b26/

Innovation is all about trying something new that creates value, it doesn‘t need to be new to the world, it just has to be new to you. Sara Huntingdon, Head of Innovation, NDA

Innovation is all about trying something new that creates value, it doesn‘t need to be new to the world, it just has to be new to you. Sara Huntingdon, Head of Innovation, NDA

October 6, 2021

Sara Huntingdon is the Head of Innovation in the Operations and Performance Improvement Directorate at the NDA Corporate Centre. She lives in Cricklade near Cirencester and has been building a house with her husband Mike. In her spare time, Sara loves baking.

Sara grew up in Lindley, Huddersfield with her parents and sister. During her A-level, Sara focused on Maths and the Sciences.

Sara then went to Loughborough to study Physics. She decided to pick Physics combined with Engineering modules in her final year which she really enjoyed and was engaged with.

After university, Sara joined BNFL’s Grad scheme where she was appointed at Berkley in Reactor and Analysis. Although she initially struggled with the department she was put in, she really enjoyed the project management side of the scheme.

After a few years in the post, Sara took a role in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in Bristol working as an Assistant Programme Manager. She developed through various roles during the 12 years she was at MOD, including Engagement Manager and Senior Project Manager.

Sara then progressed into a role at the UK Space Agency leading an Innovation Programme where she had to liaise with Government. The innovation theme then took Sara to her current role as Head of Innovation at NDA.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-huntingdon-25ba3227/

It‘s okay not to have a plan, just going with the flow is alright! Being adaptable and applying your skills to different environments is key. Beccy Pleasant, Head of Nuclear Skills, NSSG

It‘s okay not to have a plan, just going with the flow is alright! Being adaptable and applying your skills to different environments is key. Beccy Pleasant, Head of Nuclear Skills, NSSG

September 29, 2021

Beccy Pleasant is Head of Nuclear Skills at the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG).

Beccy lives in Anglesey in North Wales. She enjoys her countryside walks and runs which offsets her love of cooking. Beccy also finds time to runs a small holding, aiming for self-sufficiency in meat and vegetables. She is also Vice-Chair of Governors of Llangefni Secondary School, Anglesey.

Beccy grew up in Harlow on the Hartforshire/ Essex border. She went to school in Bishop’s Stortford, a historic market town about 30 miles Northeast of central London. 

After completing her A-Levels, Beccy join the Accelerated Training Programme at Barclay’s Bank with training from the Chartered Institute of Bankers where she achieved a Foundation in Law, Economics, Finance.

Beccy then joined Lloyds Register of Shipping, London, as a Training Administrator, before joining Unilever, first in graduate recruitment and then as Personnel Services Manager. During this time, she completed an Open University degree in Psychology.

Beccy spent a few months as a Ski Resort Manager for Inghams in Switzerland, before studying for a PhD at Bangor University.

Beccy then started at Nelson Thornes Ltd - an educational publisher producing books and digital resources for the UK, as well as international schools and colleges.  It is now part of Oxford University Press, in Cheltenham.

Beccy then joined Magnox at their Wylfa site in Anglesey in Learning and Development and continued her own learning and development with a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership – at Manchester Metropolitan.

Beccy was then seconded to NDA as Head of Skills and Talent and then she most recently joined the Nuclear Strategy Skills Group as Head of Nuclear Skills Strategy.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beccypleasant/

Be the best you can be, and give people the realisation that there are opportunities out there for them. Rebecca Weston, COO, Sellafield Ltd

Be the best you can be, and give people the realisation that there are opportunities out there for them. Rebecca Weston, COO, Sellafield Ltd

September 22, 2021

Rebecca Weston is the Chief Operating Officer at Sellafield Limited and is accountable for programme delivery and performance of the nuclear site.

Rebecca grew up in Skegness and now lives in West Cumbria with her wife Tanya and toddler Max.

Rebecca went to Oxford University to study Physics. Rebecca enjoyed every moment of her time at Oxford University and made the most of being able to play a variety of different sports by joining the women’s football, cricket and hockey teams. She also enjoyed rowing.

After graduating, Rebecca then took a role as a Design Engineer at the Bonas Machine Company in Gateshead. She then did a PhD at Newcastle in Electro and mechanical engineering. From there, she then went to work for BNFL.

Rebecca then took a role as an Operations Support Manager, and then progressed through a number of various roles at Sellafield Limited, from a Contract Officer in commercial and a number of roles as an Executive.

For more information, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-weston-1b52512b/

If you want to get something in life, then you‘ve got to set your mind to achieving it. Tom Samson, CEO, Rolls-Royce SMR Consortium

If you want to get something in life, then you‘ve got to set your mind to achieving it. Tom Samson, CEO, Rolls-Royce SMR Consortium

September 15, 2021

Tom Samson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce SMR Limited. He has over 30 years of experience in the power industry in various senior level executive positions in the UK and internationally.

Tom began his career as a Chartered Engineer at GEC Alstom designing combined cycle gas fired power plants before joining Marubeni Corporation where he helped them grow their global power portfolio and undertook a number of CEO and Board level assignments across that portfolio in the UAE and USA.

Tom’s first major role in the nuclear industry came when he joined ENEC in the UAE as the Chief Operating Officer where he helped establish Nawah Energy as the operator of Barakah, the first nuclear power plant in the region before returning to the UK as CEO and Board member at NuGeneration Ltd, which was responsible for developing a new nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria.  In early 2020 Tom joined Rolls-Royce to lead their SMR Consortium and is the CEO and Board Member of Rolls-Royce SMR Limited.

For more information, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tsamson/

Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards. Melanie Brownridge, Technology and Innovation Director, NDA

Life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards. Melanie Brownridge, Technology and Innovation Director, NDA

September 8, 2021

Melanie Brownridge is the Technology and Innovation Director at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Melanie lives in West Cumbria with her husband, Martin, and two teenage girls. In her spare time she likes to walk in the glorious countryside of the Lake District and to play her cello, piano and double base.

Melanie was born in Chester but moved to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire when she was one. Melanie went to Wycombe High School which she really enjoyed and after getting good grades at Maths and Sciences, she decided to study Maths, Chemistry and Biology at Sixth Form and then went on to study Chemistry at Imperial College London with a year in Hanover, Germany.

After completing her degree, Melanie went on to do a PhD in Chemistry at Imperial College London. She then moved up to Cumbria to work for British Nuclear Fuels on a Research Associate Scheme. Melanie then moved into managing the programme for waste characterisation of legacy ponds and silos.

Melanie continued her career journey and began work as Head of Technology Services at Nexia Solutions where she was more actively involved in technology development, commercialisation, and innovation. From here, she then took the decision to move to the NDA as Head of Research and Development and progressed to her current role as Technology and Innovation Director.

For more information, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanie-brownridge-26592028/

Always pursue things you are interested in, because if you’re not interested, you’ll not do very well. Dr Tim Stone CBE, Chairman, Nuclear Industry Association and Nuclear Risk Insurers

Always pursue things you are interested in, because if you’re not interested, you’ll not do very well. Dr Tim Stone CBE, Chairman, Nuclear Industry Association and Nuclear Risk Insurers

September 1, 2021

Dr Tim Stone is Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, the trade association for the civil nuclear industry in the UK, and Chairman of Nuclear Risk Insurers, a leader in nuclear insurance supporting over 300 nuclear sites around the world. Tim was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to the Energy industry.

In his free time Tim likes to play classical music.

Tim grew up in Catcliffe, close to Orgreave pit where his Grandfather worked which incidentally happens to be where Nuclear AMRC is now based. He studied at Maltby Grammar and then went on to study Chemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

After University, Tim then joined the management consultancy division of Arthur Andersen & Co.’s where he designed and installed large, complex computer systems in government, insurance and the financing industry.

Tim then made the big move to New York to work for Chase Manhattan Bank to run the software business and progressed through the organisation to Managing Director. From here Tim then moved to S. G. Warburg, where he got more involved in projects.

Next, Tim founded and was chairman of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure and Projects Group and also held positions as the Senior Adviser to five successive Secretaries of State responsible for energy and as Expert Chair of the Office for Nuclear Development in the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

For more information please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-stone-cbe-53b3364/

The best advice I would give someone is to seek guidance and counsel. Georgina Hines, Policy Analyst, Nuclear Industry Association

The best advice I would give someone is to seek guidance and counsel. Georgina Hines, Policy Analyst, Nuclear Industry Association

August 25, 2021

Georgina Hines is a Policy Analyst at the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA). Georgina is also Secretary of the Next Generation Nuclear Industry Council, the Shadow Theme Lead for the NSSG in its delivery of the nuclear skills agenda, and a representative of the Nuclear Delivery Group, which is working on a vision for nuclear activity for the next parliamentary period.

Georgina grew up in Telford and went to William Brookes School in Telford where she particularly enjoyed Science and Maths. After school, Georgina went to study Neuroscience at the University of Manchester and then a Master’s in Science Communication.

Whilst at University, Georgina also wrote for the Science & Technology section of The Mancunian newspaper which was what lead her after her Master’s to work for SCI as a Digital Media & Policy Officer. It was here that she realised she wanted to pursue the Policy side and got a job at NIA as a Policy Analyst.

For more information please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgina-hines-1734a210a/

Follow your heart, take courage, do the things that you really want to do.  Miranda Kirschel, Commercial Director, Circular1Health

Follow your heart, take courage, do the things that you really want to do. Miranda Kirschel, Commercial Director, Circular1Health

August 18, 2021

Miranda Kirschel is an avid supporter of UK Nuclear and has worked in Commercial and Business Director roles interfacing with nuclear companies for over 20 years. In her current role she is a Commercial Director for Circular1Health, which provides services to businesses to ensure their workplaces are Covid secure and able to test their staff.

Miranda grew up in Cyprus where she had a happy childhood, but felt she wasn’t particularly academic. Her main focus and passion was ballet and she spent most of her days at ballet lessons.

Miranda then moved from Cyprus to London to live with her Grandmother. She started a course in French and German for a year before changing to study European Politics.

After completing her degree, Miranda moved to the USA where she worked as a nanny in Los Angeles where she took a step out of her comfort zone and felt she learnt a lot of life lessons. Miranda then moved back to the UK where she got a job at the Nuclear Industry Association as a PA as well as supporting the media manager which got her involved in media and marketing. Miranda worked at NIA for seven years and quickly got involved with the Young Generation Network.

After progressing to Corporate Affairs Manager at NIA, Miranda felt she was ready for a new challenge, so she moved to CH2M Hill as a Director of Business Development for four years. Miranda then moved from Atkins to EY. During this period Miranda was founder, former President and Chair of Women in Nuclear UK and was awarded an MBE in 2017 for: Services to Equal Opportunities in the Nuclear Industry.

For more information please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miranda-kirschel-mbe-a0776614/

“Keep your head. Use your strength to keep moving forward.” Hannah Paterson, Technical Manager for the Spent Fuel Consolidation Programme at Sellafield Ltd.

“Keep your head. Use your strength to keep moving forward.” Hannah Paterson, Technical Manager for the Spent Fuel Consolidation Programme at Sellafield Ltd.

August 11, 2021

Hannah Paterson is the Technical Manager for the Spent Fuel Consolidation Programme at Sellafield Ltd. She is also engaged in outreach activities, including Chair of the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network.
Hannah grew up in Aberdeen and loved school where she questioned everything with her inquisitive mind. She now lives in Cockermouth and when she isn’t working, she likes to go fell walking and mountain biking.

Hannah studied medicinal Chemistry at the at the University of Edinburgh where she was successful in securing a two-month paid for summer placement at Gallus BioPharamceuticals, St Louis Missouri, USA working in the process development laboratory. The experience she gained here made Hannah realise she wanted to get a job in industry rather than carrying on studying for a PhD.

Hannah spent, what felt like a long time, searching for a job before coming across the ‘Nuclear Graduate’ scheme where she initially started at Sellafield before working for a number of companies over a two-year period, including a secondment to the US Department of Energy (DoE) where she led on international cooperation activities for the International Programs Office for the DoE Office of Environmental Management. She also went to the Scottish Government in the area of nuclear decommissioning as a Waste Policy Advisor and to NNL R&D working on phase transformations during hot isostatic pressing of plutonium waste forms.

Hannah then took a one-year secondment into the NDA as a National Waste Inventory Manager working on the materials and samples strategy, working with all the NDA group companies writing a paper.  

Hannah is now back at Sellafield as a Technical Manager in Spent Fuel Management working on strategy and technical aspects, including the Spent Fuel Consolidation Programme tasked with receipt and long-term storage of a range of fuels from Dounreay.

For more information visit: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/hannahpaterson

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