Paul, previously the Director of Strategy and Transition, will take over from Carol Johnson, who is returning to the United States to take on a new role at the Hanford site in Washington State. Paul will transfer some of his current workscope to Infrastructure, with the rest split between other directorates, reducing the overall number of Sellafield Ltd Executives to 17.
Sellafield Ltd Managing Director Bill Poulson said: “It is almost two years since the appointment of the executive team for Sellafield Ltd and the formation of 19 directorates. We have always made clear that the number of directors brought into the business from our three parent companies would reduce over time as our change journey continued.
“The leadership of any major organisation is mobile, which means changes to our top team will happen regularly, certainly every two or three years. The fact that we are making such changes is a positive step towards Sellafield Ltd becoming a world class company under NMP’s management.”
Cumbrian-born Paul first started at Sellafield in 2000 as Head of Maintenance and Infrastructure Services after 12 years in the steel industry. Since then he has held a variety of operations posts across the Sellafield Site, including Head of Site Services, Head of Manufacturing for Magnox East River, Operating Unit Head for Encapsulation & Effluent Plants and Operating Unit Head for MOX. He is a Materials Science Graduate, a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from Warwick University.
Paul said; “I am delighted to be appointed to this new post, and am excited by the opportunity to continue the excellent work that Carol has done in Infrastructure during her tenure.”
Bill Poulson added: “Carol Johnson, the outgoing Infrastructure Director, has done an excellent job not only in the two years since NMP were award the Sellafield Ltd contract but for two years before that as a key part of the team who delivered the successful bid that enabled NMP to take over the operation of Sellafield Ltd.
“As part of the Sellafield Ltd executive, Carol has played an important role in driving and developing Infrastructure into a ‘can do’ organisation. Her efforts will have a lasting benefit to the business.
“During her four years in Cumbria she has also been active in the local community, through her involvement in the new build project for Gosforth Nursery and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Rosehill Theatre, work I’ll ensure NMP continues to support. I’d like to thank her for all she has accomplished at Sellafield Ltd wish her well in her new position.”
Richard Elder, Director of Rosehill Theatre, said: “I’d like to thank Carol for all her time, energy and good humour, for her fundraising and for the personal financial contribution she and her husband, Mike, have made in support of Rosehill’s plans and activities.
“Carol’s contribution to Rosehill has been timely and of great significance. She has guided the Board of Rosehill through a period of great change as it prepares for the major redevelopment and refurbishment planned for the theatre.
“Whilst I’m sure Carol will remain in contact and that her advice and support would continue, albeit from further afield, she will be missed greatly; however we look forward to continued involvement with Sellafield Ltd and Nuclear Management Partners at the highest level at this most important time for Rosehill and its future in the community, which I know is close to their objectives.”
These organisational changes will take effect from 15 November.