Reappointments to CoRWM

The Chair and twelve members of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) have recently been reappointed for a second term of office by sponsor Ministers from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the devolved administrations for, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Committee plays a key role in providing independent scrutiny and advice to UK Government and devolved administration Ministers on long-term radioactive waste management, including storage and disposal.

The reappointments are as follows:

  • Robert Pickard (Chair), Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Cardiff. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2012.
  • William Lee (Deputy Chair), Professor of Materials Science and Director of Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics, Imperial College, London. End of current term of appointment:  31 October 2014.
  • David Broughton, Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, with extensive experience in the management of nuclear engineering and radioactive waste management projects. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2012.
  • Margaret Burns, Chair of Health Scotland. Trustee and Director, Institute of Occupational Medicine. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2012.
  • Brian D Clark, Professor of Environmental Management & Planning at Aberdeen University and Member of Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2014.
  • Mark Dutton, Fellow of the Nuclear Institute and member of the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee at the Ministry of Defence. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2012.
  • Fergus Gibb, Emeritus Professor of Petrology & Geochemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2012.
  • Simon Harley, Professor of Lower Crustal Processes at the University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2014.
  • Marion Hill, Independent consultant specialising in policies, strategies and standards for the management of radioactive wastes and radioactively contaminated land. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2012.
  • Francis Livens, Professor of Radiochemistry at the University of Manchester and Academic Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2014.
  • Leslie Netherton, Environmental health consultant and member of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2012.
  • John Rennilson, Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor. Long career in local government at senior level dealing with many energy related environmental issues and public consultation/involvement. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2014.
  • Lynda Warren, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Law at Aberystwyth University and member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Fifteen years experience of radioactive waste management policy. End of current term of appointment: 31 October 2012.

CoRWM’s primary task is to provide independent scrutiny of the UK Government’s and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s proposals, plans and programmes to deliver geological disposal, together with robust interim storage, as the long-term management option for higher activity waste. This work is part of the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely programme where the UK Government has invited communities to enter discussions about potential involvement in the geological disposal facility siting process. Government is currently in discussion with three local authorities in England and the invitation remains open for others who might be interested in finding out more.

The reappointment of CoRWM members reflects the skills-set that the Committee needs for the current stage of its work. The reappointments have been split between two and four-year terms to enable future appointments to be staggered, thereby allowing continuity in skills and knowledge of the Committee’s work going forward.