Following on from a successful year in 2019 the Wales Nuclear Forum (WNF) has continued to grow in recognition across the nuclear and energy industry. And, while 2020 has brought many unforeseen challenges, that have impacted our members in lots of different ways, there are still many opportunities for Welsh businesses across nuclear and energy projects throughout the UK and overseas. As a team, we are determined to continue to support our members to win work in these sectors and to prosper.
To help strengthen the WNF further, we have decided that the time is right to introduce the role of President of WNF and we are absolutely delighted to announce that Angharad Rayner, Site Director for Magnox Trawsfynydd, has agreed to take up the position.
As a senior director of a major decommissioning project in the nuclear industry, Angharad will bring exceptional leadership and organisational
qualities to the WNF Steering Group and we would all like to welcome her to this exciting role. We are looking forward to developing a successful relationship that will assist with the continuing growth of the Wales Nuclear Forum membership.
Angharad said: “I am incredibly passionate about the nuclear industry, it is an industry which offers a great deal for the future. It’s economic footprint provides tens of thousands of highly skilled jobs and in particular, opportunities for Welsh companies to grow and thrive in this sector. I’m very much looking forward to getting involved and actively supporting the WNF ambition to grow its membership and reach even further. I hope to meet many of our members and partners at future WNF meetings.”
Angharad will be a keynote speaker at the webinar event on 25 June – see below for more information.
ABOUT ANGHARAD RAYNER
Angharad, graduated in Physics from Manchester University and started her career in Medical Physics at Cardiff Heath Hospital in 2003. During this time, Angharad completed an Msc at the University of Swansea in Medical Radiation Physics. After completing her MSc in 2006 she joined Magnox as a Trainee Health Physicist. During her time at Magnox she has spent eight years in the field of Radiation Protection, the later four years leading the department. In 2014 she joined the Trawsfynydd Lead Team as the EHSS&Q Manager before moving into the position of Waste Operations Manager in 2018.
On 1 September 2019, Angharad become the first women in the UK to run a Nuclear Decommissioning Site.
Angharad is excited and inspired by the next stage in her career. She is enjoying the challenge of leading Trawsfynydd Site on it’s decommissioning journey, working closely with her knowledgeable team and skilled workforce. Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.
Angharad is also a STEM ambassador for Magnox and a member of the Women in Nuclear Wales Network.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chair of the Wales Nuclear Forum after Peter Cornish announced his intention to stand down after four successful years at the helm.
The new Chair, with immediate effect, will be Georgia Gascoyne, Managing Director/CEO of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques. Georgia will be supported by a new Vice Chair , Jason Thomas, Commercial Manager at Teddington Engineered Solutions and Julian Vance-Daniel, Managing Director of VESSCO who will continue in his role are Treasurer.
Announcing he would be standing down Peter said: “It’s been a huge privilege and please to lead the Wales Nuclear Forum, transforming it from a small start-up idea to the thriving membership organisation it is today. I will continue to be actively involved and look forward to seeing
where we can take WNF over the next few years. I wish Georgia every success in her role as Chair.”
Georgia responded: “i’m thrilled to be taking the helm at the WNF albeit during a particularly difficult time for all of us. The Steering Group has been working very hard throughout this lockdown period to ensure that when we all return to some sort of normal, the message is clear – Wales is still very much open for business with a strong, talented and reliable supplier base.”
Jason added: “It is a privilege and an honour to be asked to step into the role of Vice Chair. I am sure I will receive all the support required from my fellow Steering Group members and I will also support Georgia to the best of my ability in the position of Chair.”
ABOUT GEORGIA GASCOYNE
Georgia is Managing Director/CEO of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) based in Llanelli. HFT have been in business for 45 years and are inventors, designers and manufacturers of pipe purging equipment. The company has been supplying to nuclear, both new-build and decommissioning, since the 70’s. Most recently they have been closely involved with a UK EPC in supplying
bespoke purging and monitoring systems at the Hinkley Point C project.
She has been involved with Welding and Engineering for more than 30 years, mainly within the Energy sector and working in project development, supply chain management and procurement roles. Georgia is a non-executive Director of the Welding Institute (TWI).
ABOUT JASON THOMAS
Jason is the Commercial Manager at Teddington Engineered Solutions based in Llanelli. Teddington specialise in the design and manufacture of expansion joints that compensate movement within pipework. The company has extensive experience and history within the nuclear sector and also supplied to the first ever nuclear power station at Sellafield in the 1950’s.
Jason has over 20 years’ experience working within nuclear and the broader energy sectors. His engineering and commercial experience includes bidding, negotiating and securing major contracts in the UK and worldwide, both with the civil and defence nuclear industries, working closely with many major Tier 1 companies and EPC’s.
THE WALES NUCLEAR FORUM STEERING GROUP
Chair – Georgia Gascoyne, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques
Vice Chair – Jason Thomas, Teddington Engineered Solutions
Treasurer – Julian Vance-Daniel, VESSCO
Members – Viv Compton, Industry Learning Solutions; Jason O’Malley, In Site Technical;
Richard James, Welsh Government; John Idris Jones, CTC; Mel Jones, EDF Energy
WNF MEMBERS WEBINAR – 25 JUNE 2020, 11AM
On Thursday 25 June at 11am, WNF will host a webinar meeting open to all members. We have a fantastic line up of speakers including Angharard Rayner our new President. We’ll be sharing more details in the coming days but if you want to secure your place, register here now. If you are a member of WNF, there is no limit to the number of people who can attend so please share with your colleagues.
We are really keen to hear news from our members that we can share, ideas for things you want to hear about and topics for future meetings. Please get in touch with your suggestions to email@example.com
The WNF Steering Group is made up of 10 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.