Norman Harrison new Nuclear Institute President

The Nuclear Institute has announced that Norman Harrison has been appointed as the organisation’s President.

 Norman will take over with immediate effect from Paul Thomas who has been the President of the NI since 2008. 

The NI Trustees have expressed their happiness that Norman had agreed to fill the role and said that they believed it would help the Nuclear Institute to continue to be relevant and important to the industry at a time of significant change and great development. 

The current President Paul Thomas said;

“We are at a key point for the industry, with clean-up, decommissioning and new build all posing both opportunities and challenges.  Norman has a wealth of experience and I believe there is no one better positioned to lead the industry at such a crucial time.” 

“With Norman as President, the NI can continue to deliver its charitable objectives to an ever growing audience, with a special emphasis on developing and delivering key initiatives into the area of skills and training.” 

The NI trustees also took the opportunity to thank Paul Thomas for his work as President over the past two years.  “Paul has been our President for the past two years and has done a remarkable job during a difficult period of merging the BNES and the INucE, the NI Trustees and its membership are grateful for his commitment throughout this time.” 

Norman is presently the Director of Strategic Development for the Support Services division of Babcock International Group and is based in Central London. 

 Commenting on his appointment, the incoming President said: “I am both honoured and delighted to be taking over as President at this crucial time for the UK nuclear industry. I am looking forward to meeting the Institute’s staff and key industry players at our regional branches. Skills and training will play a major part in the Institute’s future agenda.” 

Norman  was previously Chief Executive Officer of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, a role  he was appointed to 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.  In 2009 Norman led the sale of UKAEA to Babcock which, following the acquisition of VT Group later the same year, now employs over 6,000 highly qualified and experienced personnel in the defence and civil nuclear sectors.

Norman was appointed UKAEA’s Director of Dounreay Division on 1st November 2003.  He had a major transformational role to carry out at Dounreay which he completed in producing project focused organisation at Dounreay.  Dounreay is now seen as the top performing site within the NDA portfolio of decommissioning sites. 

Norman’s career before joining UKAEA was in the nuclear power generation sector.  With British Energy he was Station Director at Heysham 1 in Lancashire before being appointed Director of Sizewell B which was British Energy’s flagship power plant, the post he held prior to joining UKAEA. 

A native of Manchester and chemist by profession, he achieved a top national award when qualifying as a Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He is the industry expert of the Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board (NLFAB),  which advises the Secretary of State on the adequacy of funding provisions for waste management and decommissioning of proposed new nuclear plant, and is also an Independent Governor at the Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Norman and his wife Jacqueline live in Buckinghamshire.  In moments of free time Norman has a love of railway travel, he is a keen gardener and a lifetime Manchester United fan.

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