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NSAN Executive Board

Colin Reed

Chair of NSAN Board

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Greg Willetts

Jacobs

Non-Executive Director

Jo Tipa

NSAN

Executive Director

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Joanna Woolf

Cogent Skills

Non-Executive Director

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Colin Reed

A Human Resources professional of many years standing, Colin was a Director of NSAN until his retirement in 2018. His career includes periods leading the Human Resources function in shipbuilding, engineering and mining, along with the nuclear industry.

Colin’s first experience of the nuclear industry was from 2004 with British Energy, subsequently EDF Energy.  He returned to the nuclear industry in 2013 when he joined Sellafield Ltd as Human Resources Director.  Colin retired from full-time employment with Sellafield in 2018.   He continues to work with Sellafield on a part-time advisory basis.  Colin was also the Chair of the Board for the National College for Nuclear, leading the team on the successful bid, build and initial operation.   He stepped down from this role upon his retirement.

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Greg Willetts

Greg is Vice President for the Technology & Consultancy business within Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions International. The c.650 strong business provides specialist technology and engineering services to all areas of the civil and defence nuclear markets. These services cover regulatory support, independent nuclear safety assessment services, research & development, technology & innovation and provision of nuclear specialists. The staff are backed up by the UK's largest nuclear focused laboratory and test rig facilities with state of the art equipment.

Greg has 29 years experience in the nuclear industry, 22 in management and leadership positions. Greg trained as a chemist and prior to his current role has held a number of leadership positions within Wood, Amec Foster Wheeler and NNC Ltd, the company responsible for designing and supporting all of the nuclear reactors built in the UK.  


 


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Jo Tipa

I’ve been with NSAN since the start – 12 years in total.  Business Development Manager in the early days of starting up NSAN, then Operations Director and since December 2017 MD. I’ve come from a background of business management in the Hospitality sector - managing teams, working to deadlines, making the finances work, ensuring that teams were trained -all in the tight constraints of the contracting world.

Away from NSAN I’m a Manchester City supporter … no not a fair-weather one! – I’ve been going 45 years now.

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Joanna Woolf

Joanna Woolf started her career as an engineering apprentice at Simon Engineering, Cheadle, where she studied for an OND. She is a firm advocate of the apprenticeship route and has been proud to lead a company at the forefront of developing Apprenticeships throughout the science-based industries.

After graduating with a First in Mechanical Engineering from UMIST in 1982, Joanna entered BP’s graduate programme, spending 12 months establishing the oil terminal at Sullom Voe in the Shetlands; her career at BP culminated in a head office role working on speculative oil finds for potential sites around the globe. Moving to ICI, Joanna began at the Wilton site as Plant Manager and at the age of 29 she was promoted to Engineering Manager, holding responsibility for 600 people across all trades and disciplines.

She studied for her MBA at Manchester Business School, before joining Hays Chemicals as a Director in 2000. She joined Cogent Skills as CEO in 2005. Joanna is due to step down this year and will move to the position of Cogent Skills Chair in May 2020.

Les Studholme

Sellafield Ltd

Non-Exec Director

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Richard McMeekin

MoD

Non-Executive Director

Stuart Yellowlees

James Fisher Nuclear Ltd

Non-Executive Director

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Tricia Austin

NSAN

Company Secretary/Executive Director

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Les Studholme

Key career highlights:

•  Implementation of nuclear community apprenticeship programme.  
•  Personal growth & support to SL Board & Executive through model change & transformation development as Chief of Staff.  
•  Supporting development and implementation of terms & conditions for new starters. 
•  WANO Peer Review Operations Team Member at Oskarshamn, Sweden. 
•  Leading culture change in PFSP from care & maintenance to operational facility and reducing baseline cost circa £900m. 
•  Resolution of historic UO3 accountancy issue through negotiation and strategy development with customers, NDA, ONR, Euratom & DfT. 
•  Operational experience gained through support, STM & manufacturing manager roles set strong foundation from which to build.

External Board Membership:

•  National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN) and National College for Nuclear (NcFN) Board Member
•  Cockermouth School Academy Board

Interests: - Sailing, Fencing, Rugby, Boxing, Gym, Reading, Dogs

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Richard McMeekin

Awaiting Biography

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Stuart Yellowlees

Stuart Yellowlees is a Board Director of James Fisher Nuclear Group which employs c400 people with locations in the UK, US and Germany. The Group delivers decommissioning, dismantling and remote handling solutions and a suite of world leading radiometric instruments to the international nuclear market.   
 
He has a technical background in mechanical engineering, structural integrity, nuclear safety cases and project management in both the civil and defence nuclear sectors.  More recently his career has focussed on the development of skills and the growth and transformation of businesses.
 
Before his current role at James Fisher Nuclear, he has held a number of senior positions including operations, strategy and sales director roles with both UK and overseas organisations.  Stuart is a non-executive director of the National Skills Academy Nuclear continuing his personal commitment to skills development in the nuclear sector.


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Tricia Austin

I’ve been with NSAN 11 years, working on the development of key products and services and large Govt and consultancy projects for members.  My Chemical Engineering degree and background in the nuclear industry has given me the unique skill in NSAN of connecting organisations, people, technology and skills together to solve unique problems – there’s isn’t anything that I can’t find some sort of solution too.  

Away from work if I’m not being taxi to two “teenagers”, I’ll be either at the gym or in the kitchen cooking up a sweat.

Benefits of Membership

Relationship

Dedicated support from a Relationship Manager – you will benefit from face-to-face meetings and have a direct contact for any queries in between meetings. If you need support on anything skills-related, your Relationship Manager will be ready to help.

Networking

Join leading industry groups and attend our events for opportunities to network with other key figures in the industry.

Have your say

Get involved in developing solutions to specific skills issues. NSAN also provides an operational voice into government on how the changes to the skills landscape are affecting companies.

Save Money

NSAN products and services are offered at a reduced price to members.

Join Our Network

Whether your company is new to nuclear or you have been working in nuclear for a long time, NSAN has the expertise and capability to make a difference to your organisation. We are passionate about our members and providing you with a return on your investment by;

  • Helping you to win business
  • Providing you with valuable insight into the sector
  • Helping you to prepare and upskill your workforce
  • Providing you with valuable networking opportunities
  • Providing funding for skills for nuclear

Join the largest skills focussed network of nuclear companies today!

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