Press Release

January 2019

The Steering Group of the Wales Nuclear Forum has been strengthened by the appointment of three new members, two of whom are respected female figures in the nuclear energy sector.

Georgia Gascoyne, Vivienne Compton and Jason O’Malley have joined the Forum which is supported by partners Acorn, Wales’ Leading recruitment specialists, and leading international recruitment group, Synergie. The Wales Nuclear Forum was established to provide a platform for key industry suppliers to stay up to date on nuclear projects, industry news and tender opportunities.  The Steering Group meets regularly, to share best practice and explore how they can work together to increase Wales’ tender success in UK-wide developments. The main aim of the forum is to promote strength, diversity, and depth of services offered by forum members to the nuclear and energy industry.

Georgia is the CEO Managing Director of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Limited based in South West Wales – inventors, designers and manufacturers of pipe purging products and associated equipment.  They sell mainly to any industry welding stainless steel or exotic alloys including nuclear, oil and gas, aerospace, shipbuilding, semi-conductor and the process industries. Georgia has a procurement background, having been a Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager within the ground engaging and piling industry prior to her appointment at HFT.

Vivienne Compton is Director/Founder of Industry Learning Solutions Limited (ILS), a staff development company focussed on operational excellence, working with manufacturers across Wales and the UK. Viv has been providing staff and organisational development solutions to employers for over 20 years and closely manages the relationship between industry and education partners to ensure companies maximize the opportunities available to them for Levy funding and achieving ROI. Through a collaborative approach she was instrumental in developing, securing and piloting a new tailored Apprenticeship ‘Future Team Leader’ associate programme for Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd incorporating engineering training provided by a Welsh FE college in a three-way partnership.  Viv wants companies based in Wales to be made aware of the opportunities for local, regional and international growth within the nuclear supply chain industry and for more job opportunities to be created locally within the sector. Viv has previously worked with Bridgwater & Taunton College and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear who have a close connection with HPC and the new nuclear industry.

Projects Director for InSite Technical Services in Pembrokeshire, Jason O’Malley is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. InSite provide design, project management, consultancy and operational services to clients in the oil, gas, metals, chemicals, renewables, technology licensing and financial industries. Jason has a proven track record in project management and leading process design teams through all project phases from concept to commissioning, including brown field debottlenecks and major green field facilities. His particular expertise lies in design and operation of oil refineries and onshore oil/gas production facilities, with extensive experience in senior operational and technical roles at both operating and EPC companies.

Peter Cornish, Chairman of the WNF Steering Group said;

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jason, Georgia and Vivienne to the Steering Group. We’re currently working closely with the Welsh Government and are continuing to position the WNF at the forefront of the opportunities with the nuclear and energy industry, and their experience will prove invaluable during this process.”

In Wales there are over 1,000 people employed within the nuclear project at Hinkley Point C, which is one of the main new build nuclear projects in the UK.

The Wales Nuclear Forum are working closely with the Welsh Government on future developments concerning the Hitachi/Horizon Wylfa Newydd Project.

Read more about the Wales Nuclear Forum on their new website on www.walesnuclearforum.com

 

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Notes for editors:

  • The Wales Nuclear Forum (WNF) is the leading pan-Wales forum, which provides a platform for strategic engagement between the nuclear industry and Welsh-based suppliers.
  • Established in 2017, the WNF is the central place for anyone looking to remain aware of industry news, updates, projects and events.
  • Members benefit from access and participation at regular forum meetings, notifications on tender opportunities, and essential compliance and training support.
  • The WNF is fully supported by partners Acorn, one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies, Synergie, leading international recruitment group, and the Welsh Government.

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