New Managing Director for NSAN

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Jo Tipa has been appointed by the Board to take up leadership of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN).  Jo, who has been an integral part of NSAN since 2007, will officially take up the position on the 1st December 2017.

Jo has been a key figure on the skills for nuclear agenda for over a decade.  In 2007, Jo led the writing of the business plan that was submitted and approved by government to establish NSAN.  Since gaining government approval, Jo has been the Operations Director responsible for the management of a team of Operations Managers, whose key role is to engage with organisations working in nuclear, ensuring that their skills needs are met.

Jo Tipa commented:

“NSAN has a deserved reputation as the go to place for support in skills for the nuclear industry across the UK.  NSAN has tremendous opportunity to grow further, bringing our strong business values and customer focussed delivery, we will continue to meet the demands of the industry and the high expectations of our members.

“I am really excited to take on this new role and help to take NSAN into its next chapter.  Jean Llewellyn will be moving on to new challenges and it has been a pleasure to have been able to work so closely with her setting such solid foundations for NSAN. I am looking forward to working with the NSAN team and the wider membership to ensure that NSAN moves from strength to strength.”

Jo’s appointment follows the decision from the current Chief Executive Jean Llewellyn, to pursue new challenges.

Jean Llewellyn was appointed as the first Chief Executive of NSAN in November 2007. Jean was responsible for establishing and guiding NSAN from its initial inception, through to being a nationally-recognised, well respected and successful organisation.  In June 2011, Jean was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to the Energy Industry.

Jean Llewellyn commented:

“I have had an amazing 10 years as the CEO of NSAN, it has been so rewarding to take the company from its inception to the well-respected position it holds today in both the UK and internationally. I would like to thank all the wonderful staff and employers that I have worked with over the years who have formed an inspiring collaboration to turn this concept into reality.

I am now seeking the opportunity to utilise my skills as a Non Exec Director in other companies and whilst I am sad to leave NSAN, the time is right and I am delighted that Jo has been appointed as my successor. I am confident that Jo, the rest of the team and the Employer Board/Advisory Board will take NSAN from strength to strength”

Robert Davies, Independent Chair of the NSAN commented:

“On behalf of the Board, we thank Jean for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the first ten years of NSAN.  Jean has been a true visionary who led the company through sustained growth and set the stage for the tremendous opportunity that lies ahead.

Jo Tipa is a natural successor to take NSAN into its next chapter. A proven leader, Jo is passionate about NSAN, developing people and building successful teams.  The board agreed that she has the ideal combination of skills, ability and experience to take NSAN forward.”

Expressions of Interest for New NIRAB Members

NIRO are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experts to become members of the new restructured NIRAB with a view to draw on a wide pool of expertise to provide independent advice to government and oversight of the work of NIRO within the new advisory framework. This is an opportunity to play a leading role in helping to shape the future role of nuclear within the UK energy landscape.

NIRAB initially operated as a temporary advisory board from January 2014 to December 2016. During that time it reviewed the UK civil nuclear landscape and made recommendations to Ministers on the additional research and innovation required to underpin government policy.

EOI are sought from expert individuals with deep knowledge across a range of fields to provide advice to government; this includes both nuclear and non-nuclear specific expertise (for example in areas such as manufacturing, commercialisation of R&D and economics).

Further information and an application form can be found here:

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