Tom Greatrex has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, the trade body for the civil nuclear industry. He will take up his position from 1 February 2016 and succeeds Keith Parker who has held the position for more than a decade.
Formerly the Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, as shadow Energy Minister in the last Parliament, he was the Opposition’s lead spokesman on nuclear energy as well as a member of the Energy Select Committee. He has a strong understanding of the energy sector and valuable political experience.
Commenting on his appointment, Tom Greatrex said:
“I am delighted to be joining the Nuclear Industry Association at such an exciting time. Nuclear power is an integral part of a secure low carbon energy mix and, as the COP21 negotiations in Paris demonstrated, will have a key part to play in reducing global carbon emissions in the future.
“Providing thousands of high quality, skilled jobs in all parts of the country and with internationally recognised industrial and academic expertise, there are significant opportunities for our civil nuclear industry in the UK and around the world. I am looking forward to working with the NIA board, staff, members and stakeholders to help ensure these opportunities are realised.”
Lord John Hutton, Nuclear Industry Association Chairman, said:
“Through a rigorous appointments process we know Tom will bring a detailed knowledge of the industry and strong leadership to the nuclear sector at a pivotal time in the UK. We look forward to working with him.”
Keith Parker, outgoing Chief Executive of the NIA welcomed Tom to the role:
“This is an exciting time to join the nuclear sector, as the new build programme moves forward at pace, the current fleet see life extensions and decommissioning reaches key milestones. The NIA, as the voice of the sector, needs robust and effective leadership to represent the interests of its member companies and argue the case for nuclear as an essential part of the UK’s low-carbon mix.”