Anglesey return for Horizon’s new Nuclear Director

Gwen Parry-Jones, Horizon’s Director of Nuclear Operations

Earlier today, Horizon announced the appointment of Gwen Parry-Jones OBE as their new Director of Nuclear Operations. This comes after Greg Evans left the job being promoted to Executive Director.

She will have full responsibility for Horizon’s lead development in Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey including site development and growing the team on the island. She will also play the main role in developing stakeholder relationships in wales.

Gwen will bring almost 30 years of experience within the nuclear industry to Horizon which include working as the Generation Development Director and Safety and Assurance Director at EDF energy, as well as being the UK’s first female station director at Heysham 1 nuclear power station.

Originally from Anglesey, this will be her first time back working here since she originally left the island. She will be working alongside the local team which includes 21 apprentices from the island and North Wales. She will begin at the beginning of April.

Duncan Hawthorne, Chief Executive at Horizon had this to say about the appointment “Gwen’s appointment further boosts the exceptional team here at Horizon and points to our continued growth as an organisation. The skills and experience she brings will prove invaluable as we continue to make strong progress on Wylfa Newydd and as we ready Horizon to become a new leading nuclear operator. I look forward to working with her to deliver this crucial project and the benefits it brings.”

Gwen added, “For me this was an unmissable opportunity – the chance to join a growing and talented team, building a uniquely new kind of nuclear company, and delivering a transformative project on my home island. Wylfa Newydd will bring not only much needed clean, affordable, secure power for the UK, but also huge opportunities for three generations of people on and around Anglesey. To be a part of this will be truly exciting and I can’t wait to get started.”

Greg Evans will now have additional responsibilities across the programme and technical teams, as well as continuing to oversee the company’s preparation for generation.

This appointment comes after its reactor technology, the ABWR, cleared its Generic Design Assessment in mid-December last year (see previous Nuclear Matters article) and Horizon