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Friday, 29 August 2014

New nuclear boss ready for challenge

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NEW ROLE... Dr Ian Hudson has been appointed general manager of Nuclear Management Partners JOHN STORY

THE consortium which runs Sellafield has a new man in charge of a number of key nuclear activities on and off the site.

Ian Hudson, who lives in Whitehaven, has been appointed general manager of Nuclear Management Partners, the parent body organisation responsible for Sellafield.

One of his main roles will be to spearhead NMP’s commitments to deliver economic benefits for West Cumbria. He replaces Graham McKendry who has held the general manager’s job for nine months since his previous post as an NMP executive director. He now has a new role linked to performance improvement at Sellafield.

The change comes at an critical time for Nuclear Management Partners as the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority decides whether to renew its Sellafield Parent Body Organisation (PBO) contract. A decision will be made by the end of September.

Dr Hudson was formerly employed by the NDA as its Head of Programme at Sellafield.

On his new NMP general manager’s role, Dr Hudson says: “ I am focused on leading NMP into the next phase of its contract with the NDA.

“Under NMP’s ownership Sellafield Ltd has made much progress, including achieving the site’s best-ever safety performance and delivering efficiency savings for the UK taxpayer.

“We realise, however, that we face challenges and I will be working closely with Tony Price (Sellafield Ltd’s new managing director) to make sure that progress is consistent in all areas.

“Under my leadership NMP will continue and strengthen its commitment to the community and to the economic future of West Cumbria.”

Dr Hudson has recently returned from America where he was in charge of international performance assurance as a vice president with URS, one of NMP’s three consortium companies.

One of his tasks was to resolve performance based customer issues.

NMP chairman Tom Zarges, who was in West Cumbria for the official opening of the Construction Skills centre at Lillyhall, said: “Ian will bring vast experience of the nuclear industry and Sellafield operations to the role .

“His vast experience in socio-economics and stakeholder relations will also mean that NMP continues to deliver economic benefits for Cumbria and strengthen relationships with the community.”

Over the past five years NMP has ploughed more than £22m into the West Cumbrian economy.

Tom Zarges said: “Graham McKendry built the foundations for us to be able to expand and increase the capability of NMP in West Cumbria.”

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