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 - December 2020

Following our event on risk communications and reporting in September, we are continuing to plan events using virtual platforms for 2021. The first will be Risk Champions on 21st January and we would be delighted if you would join us. We intend to hear from risk professionals and those in the business who support us and who we provide our service for. Having the active participation of ambassadors throughout the business is vital to developing an effective risk culture and ensuring that our messages can be heard. They also challenge us to make our work relevant and applicable, to focus on how our thinking can add value and chance outcomes. Please do join us and add your ideas and experiences to our discussion.

In the spring we are planning an event on project risk, which we hope to host jointly with our colleagues in the Association of Project Managers. We will look at several projects, at different stages, and hear from the risk professionals who have supported them on the trials and tribulations, joys and challenges.

In the meantime, may Christmas bring you all a time of seasonal recovery to refresh you for the threats and opportunities of 2021. We wish you positivity, perspective and patience for the holiday period and the new year. Let’s build opportunities from the challenges of 2020.


More information about our Steering group:

Kathryn McCloghrie CMIRM – 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.


Future events

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.

The IRM's Nuclear Industry SIG and APM's Risk SIG will be jointly hosting a virtual 2 -day conference sponsored by Sellafield Ltd. As we are collaborating with APM's Risk SIG for this virtual conference, IRM and IOR members can attend for free. In order to process this discount, you will need to get in touch with the IRM Events team who will pass on your contact details to APM, who will then register and send on the joining instructions.

This initiative aims to focus specifically on all aspect of risk management as it evolves throughout the life cycle of a project. Speakers from a range of diverse sectors have been invited to participate to provide their perspective on the key themes, trends and current practices on how risk management can bring value.

The structure of the conference is as follows:

The Concept Phase (including initiation)

The Definition Phase (including planning)

The Deployment Phase

Performance Monitoring and Control

The Transition Phase (including handover and close out)


Thursday 22nd April and Thursday 29th April 


10.45 - 16.00 BST


Please contact us requesting a reservation, stating the name of the event

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


We are developing a plan of events for 2021, including:

  • Project Risk (March / April)
  • Supply Chain Risk (June / July)
  • Risk Appetite (September / October)

If you are interested in supporting one of these events, for example as a speaker or facilitating a session, or if you have suggestions or ideas to feed in, please get in touch.

To be notified of planned events and updates, just follow the links to join our SIG.


Past events

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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