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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sellafield chief is new regional CBI boss

Sellafield's George Beveridge is the new regional chairman of the employers’ organisation the CBI.

George Beveridge  photo
George Beveridge

Mr Beveridge, the chief business officer and deputy managing director of Sellafield Ltd, will succeed Steve Corcoran, of Newton-le-Willows plant-hire group Speedy Hire, in February.

He will serve for two years.

The appointment amounts to a vote of confidence in the nuclear sector, which is grappling with the spiralling costs of decommissioning, the issue of long-term disposal of waste and obstacles to new build.

CBI North West director Damian Waters announced Mr Beveridge’s appointment at a meeting hosted by the iconic car marque Bentley Motors. He said: “I am delighted that George is taking on this key role.

“He brings formidable experience and expertise of the nuclear sector, which is so vital to the regional economy. Moreover, his knowledge of business will be essential in ensuring the concerns and interests of regional businesses are heard and communicated with power and clarity.”

He added: “George’s appointment forms a key part of the CBI North West’s strategy to strengthen our offering to members and attract new members.”

Mr Beveridge has lived in west Cumbria for more than 25 years. He has worked in the UK nuclear industry for 28 years, including two previous spells at Sellafield.

His experience includes plant and project management, research and development, and business management including international joint ventures. Mr Beveridge has been involved at Sellafield, Capenhurst, Aldermaston and Nirex.

He was a founding director of the Cumbria Inward Investment Agency and is chairman of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

He will continue in his job at Sellafield.

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