Meet the Speakers for the Nuclear South West Annual Conference

This month is the Nuclear South West Annual Conference and the list of confirmed speakers is still growing. Read on to find out more about who will be there and their particular experience in the Nuclear field.  Click here to see the agenda - still to be fully confirmed!

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Lord Hutton – Keynote Speaker


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.


Bob Nichols – Bradwell Site Closure Director, Magnox Ltd

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Bob is presently the Bradwell Site Closure Director which is the first of 10 Magnox nuclear power stations to go into long term Care & Maintenance. His team is in the last year of decommissioning work to put the site into a quiescent and passively safe state.

Bob has over 39 years of project and construction management experience at 12 different sites for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other commercial clients which include Executive positions at five DOE sites as well as a Senior Manager position at the Sellafield site in the United Kingdom.


Kat Morgan - Submarine Delivery Authority, Deputy Head of Supply Chain, MOD

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Kat is a senior professional that has taken up several key roles in UK Government. She joined the Submarine Delivery Agency in October 2016 having worked previously in both Private (Athens, Greece) and Public Sector industries (UK) in procurement, commercial, programme delivery roles.

With 14 years of extensive experience working in several central Government Departments such as HM Treasury, Cabinet Office as well as big spend Departments, i.e. Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) and Ministry of Defence (MOD), Kat has been instrumental to the delivery and management of a few high profile public sector complex procurement projects.

Her strong technical skills lie in: Supplier/Contract management including KPI design/review; Change Management; establishing effective Governance; Requirement definition; Business cases and investment appraisal; Scrutiny & Approvals process; Policy development; implementation of P3M organisational structures. She has significant experience in designing and delivering a wide range of contractual models and frameworks in the public sector and Defence environment through her programme leadership roles in central Government.


Ian Truman - Nuclear Industry Association Brexit Working Group


Ian advises sponsors, developers, technology vendors, operators, insurers, Government departments, funders and contractors on all aspects of international and UK nuclear law, nuclear new build and other nuclear projects.

Ian is the former Deputy General Counsel of the Hinkley Point C nuclear project and a member of the Nuclear Industry Association, the Nuclear Institute, the International Nuclear Law Association and the World Nuclear Association.

Ian is part of the Nuclear Industry Association Brexit Working Group and has briefed members of Parliament in advance of a Parliamentary debate on Brexit and Euratom as well as speaking at the Department of International Trade's International Civil Nuclear Showcase.

David Eccles CBE - Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Hinkley Point C


David Eccles is Hinkley Point C’s ‘man in Somerset’ and is responsible for the interface between local stakeholders - business organisations, local authorities, the general public - and the Project Offices in Bristol and London

David spent 30 years in the Army, leaving as a brigadier. He was awarded the CBE in 2006 for his work to recalibrate the Army training organisation. His last appointment was as the UK’s national military representative to NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium.

David speaks French, skis, goes to the gym on the days when he is not on his road-bike, and has two grown up children.


Norman Harrison – Senior Market Investment Advisor, SC Innovation


Norman is a senior figure in the UK power generation and nuclear sector. He has significant international experience.

He has a portfolio of non-executive and advisory appointments including Vice Chair of the Advisory Council to Radioactive Waste Management Ltd and non-executive director with the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Norman is the Deputy Chairman and a governor of the board of the Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Previously Norman was the Director of Strategic Development with Babcock International Group. 

Before joining Babcock International he held a high profile role as Chief Executive Officer of the UK Atomic Energy Authority he was appointed to this role in February 2007.  Following Government endorsement of a new business strategy for UKAEA Norman successfully led UKAEA’s transformation into a vibrant new British company winning work in the public and private sectors.  Norman led the sale of UKAEA into the private sector of which Babcock International were the successful purchaser.

Norman's career before joining UKAEA was in the nuclear power generation sector.  He was Station Director at Heysham 1 in Lancashire before being appointed Director of Sizewell B, British Energy's flagship PWR in Suffolk.


Nick Golding – Hinkley Supply Chain Programme


Nick joined SWMAS with over 10 years experience across aerospace and marine industries gained with major blue chip organisations. He has covered roles in supplier development, manufacturing and quality management. This experience has been gained in a wide range of companies in the UK and internationally covering special processes, machining and fabrications. All projects were focused on improving both individual company and supply chain performance.

Nick’s role with the team at SWMAS is to support efficiency and growth throughout the supply chain focusing on the nuclear, aerospace, marine and defence sectors.  He has been working as part of the Hinkley Supply Chain Team since 2013 focused on the HPC project with EDF and Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The focus of the Hinkley Supply Chain collaborate with local firms to access HPC opportunities whilst helping to develop capabilities within local suppliers.