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Nuclear Industry Special Interest Group

Work in the UK nuclear industry encompasses many different areas from decommissioning legacy facilities, contributing towards UK energy security to seeking a long term solution for the UK’s nuclear disposal. The challenges are vast and varied. To support this work, risk practitioners from the nuclear industry have been working together for several years to share ideas and best practice with the formation of our IRM Special Interest Group, Nuclear Industry, representing a step forward in this relationship. The group draws together Risk Practitioners from the Nuclear Industry to provide support and networking opportunities within the wider risk management community to gain a perspective beyond the Nuclear Industry.


News – April 2021

On 22nd and 29th April, the Nuclear SIG ran a Project Risk event, in partnership with the Risk SIG of the Association of Project Management. Over 100 people attended both days, benefiting from a mixture of presentations, question and answer sessions, networking and engagement. We are grateful to our sponsors, Sellafield Ltd and Safran Risk, for supporting our event and making it possible. A huge thank you also to all our organisers and presenters, who worked hard before the event and throughout the two days to make it a success. If you would like more information please get in touch.

We are hoping to arrange our next event, to take place in July 2021, with a theme of risk appetite and risk-informed decision-making. More information will be available on the website nearer to the time. If this is a topic dear to your heart and you would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you.

Finally, we are keen to increase the diversity of our steering committee, and particularly welcome the opportunity for younger professionals or those newer to risk to get involved. This is a great way to meet people across the profession as well as to gain experience in organising and facilitating events. If you are interested, let me know and come along to meet the team.


More information about our Steering group:

Kathryn McCloghrie CFIRM – Kathryn is currently the Head of Corporate Strategy for Sellafield Ltd, and was previously Head of Risk for NDA and for Sellafield Ltd. Previous experience across a number of nuclear sites includes a range of commercial, business and programme management roles. On taking a role in the Sellafield risk team, Kathryn completed the IRM Diploma as well as APM Risk qualifications.

Hannah Wynne SIRM – Hannah is the Risk Director for the NDA, and was previously Head of Risk for Area North within HS2 and Programme Risk Lead for Qatar Rail. Previous experience of large complex infrastructure projects across a range of sectors in both public and private sector within Risk, Commercial and Project Controls. Hannah is a specialist member within IRM and is an associate member of Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Martin Hughes CIRM – Martin is a risk manager working for Turner & Townsend on the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Previous experience includes being the Head of Corporate Risk at Barakah Nuclear Power Station in Abu Dhabi, Programme Risk Manager on the construction of the new midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi airport and Programme Risk Manager for the Public Works Authority in Qatar. Martin is a certificate member of IRM.

Jenanne Price – Jenanne is currently the Head of Risk Management for Sellafield Limited. Previous experience has ranged across a number of disciplines within the wider nuclear industry, from reactor physics modelling, leading a multi- disciplinary specialist safety team, and leading on lifetime plan and baseline management within a portfolio office. Key focus within her current role is the embedding of application of risk appetite and tolerance in decision making, and supporting improvements to drive better estimates at project level.

Lindsay Straughton – Lindsay is currently the Group Risk Manager for the NDA, having previously led the Risk Team at CCL Secure EMEA and worked in Risk Assurance at RSM UK.  Lindsay’s experience ranges across mainly public sector working in various roles covering risk assurance, development of risk management frameworks, project/programme management, governance and reporting and coaching, mentoring and training.

Lois Anderson – Lois is currently a Risk Practitioner covering Legacy Ponds Programme and Projects at Sellafield Ltd. Alongside this work Lois is also completing an MSC in Risk Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Chris Cousins – Chris is currently seconded as Executive Assistant to the NDA Group Director for Risk & Assurance. Previous work includes technical, Corporate Strategy and NDA’s change programme as well as organising and arranging the first Nuclear Industry SIG events last year. Currently studying towards the IRM certificate in Enterprise Risk Management.

Nicola Barber CMIRM - Nicola has worked in a number of disciplines within the nuclear industry for 16 years including leading on assurance, risk, lifetime plan, performance, and baseline management. In her most recent role as Head of Risk for Magnox Ltd, she focuses on embedding the risk appetite to drive decision making and setting the policies, standards, and framework for risk across a number of nuclear sites.  Previous experience includes leading planning teams in the Rail and Oil and Gas industries and leading the Project Management Office in the Utility industry. Nicola is a certified member of the IRM


Past events

IRM's Nuclear Group/BCI/Safety and Reliability Society joint virtual event - Preparing for the next event not the last

Click here to view the recording 


Thursday 17th March 


10.00 - 16.30 BST


Supply chain risk 


Thursday 21st October 


09.00 - 12.00 BST


Risk appetite and tolerance: In theory and application


Thursday 15th July 


09.30 - 12.00 BST


IRM’s Nuclear SIG/APM’s Risk SIG Two day virtual conference - Ripple effect: To be or not to be risky, a journey through the project life cycle. 


Thursday 22nd April and Thursday 29th April 


10.45 - 16.00 BST

This event was sponsored by Sellafield Ltd, in partnership with APM's Risk SIG

Risk champions 


Thursday 21 January 2021


13.00 - 16.00


Risk Communications

Please click here to view the slides from the webinar.


Wednesday 30 September 2020


13.00 - 15.30


Nuclear SIG - Developing Risk Professionals


Thursday 27 February 2020




Energus, Blackwood Rd, Lillyhall, Workington Cumbria CA14 4JW

Click here for the agenda. This event was sponsored by NDA 



Risk Leadership - A view from different perspectives


Friday 28 June 2019 




Energus eBlackwood Rd, Lillyhall, Workington Cumbria CA14 4JW

Click here for the agenda. 

The event will focus on the need for the right Tone from the Top and how this drives risk culture in the organisation. With a variety of speakers from different perspectives, we aim to get a better understanding of what the organisation needs from the Board and senior leaders as well as what the Board expect and need from the risk teams. There will be short break-out sessions to discuss risk appetite and the use of risk information in strategic decision making. The intended audience are directors and senior leaders who are interested in risk and more senior risk professionals whose work involves engagement with the Board and leadership. Our speakers at present are the Director of Risk for the Ministry of Justice, the Chief Risk Officer for the MOD, a Non-Executive Director from Sellafield and the NDA Group Director for Risk. 

Benefits for our group:
• View of risk at the executive level straight from the source
• Gain perspective and insight from different sources including Government
• Key themes from the new Orange Book
• Networking opportunity for members

We would also appreciate if you could take the time to complete this short survey. The responses would be used to influence how we run our sessions.


Risk and Resilience


Tuesday 5 March 2019 


8:30 for 9am start with a 4:30 finish


Deloittes, Manchester office

The Nuclear Industry special interest group, would like to invite you to our inaugural event on Risk and Resilience for a combination of talks delivered by guest speakers from HSBC and Deloitte along with informal discussions facilitated by colleagues in the nuclear industry and IRM. 


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Group Chair: 

Kathryn McCloghrie

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