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Team NSAN

Jo Tipa

Managing Director

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Tricia Austin

Head of Product Development

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Dawn Broad

Business Development Manager

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Dug Harrison

Relationship Manager

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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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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.


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Dawn Broad

My role is to work with employers, training providers and other stakeholders to help develop new solutions to skills needs.  My role is very varied, from delivering presentations and attending national and international exhibitions, to writing bids for new product development funding, sometimes all in the same day! 

I have been with NSAN for almost eight years already, joining the organisation to bring in my manufacturing knowledge and background to help support the supply chain.  I have also recently taken over as Relationship Manager for employers in Cumbria and the North East.  Good job I love driving!

In my spare time I am a Trustee for the Eden Dora Trust for Children with Encephalitis, and I deliver leaflets for my local Councillor, which involves lots of walking!  


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Dug Harrison

I’ve been with NSAN since 2011, engaging with members predominantly in the Southeast & East of England and Scotland.  I have worked in the energy Industry for 37 years, having served Apprenticeships as a Pipefitter/Welder and then again as a Piping Draughtsman/Designer.

I worked on the THORP Project on the manufacturing side for a number of years and it makes me feel old that this plant is now being decommissioned!  Now I am utilising my skills on the new Apprenticeship Standards, being active on several Trailblazer Groups and also working on NSAN’s End Point Assessment delivery. I’m also the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion champion in the team. 

Outside of work, I volunteer with the Scouting Association and also have an interest in WWII living history.




Allison Hunt

Relationship Manager

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Nicola Merriman

Relationship Manager

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Stacey Balmer

Course Manager

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Mary Kinsella

Communications Manager

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Allison Hunt

I’ve been at NSAN since 2010.  Starting on a secondment from Magnox, through to full employee in 2016.  Main regional area has been Wales, although since 2017 a larger region including South West and Midlands.  My background in working with employers and providers in Learning and Development has proven invaluable in support of our members.


When not in work I enjoy industrial archaeology and being a grandmother.

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Nicola Merriman

Having joined the NSAN team in May 2016 I support both employer and training provider members throughout the North West to include the vibrant Nuclear hub at Birchwood Park in Warrington right the way up to Cumbria. As part of my role I am also the lead for the NSAN Provider Advisory Board, sit on the Board of Cheshire & Warrington LEP Employer Skills Board, Board member of the Northern Nuclear Alliance and most recently a Trustee for the UTC Warrington.

Prior to joining NSAN I spent a number of years within education and training, supporting companies with work based learning and Apprenticeships, this was followed by a stint within the Engineering Construction industry. My real passion is recruitment, which was where it all started after I left University and I ultimately went on to run my own business for 10 years. Taking all my skills and experience into account enables me to harness them for the good of the NSAN membership, there’s nothing I love more than to build relationships and ‘join the dots’.

Outside of NSAN most of my time is taken up by my two teenagers, if I’m not Mum’s taxi then I am watching them both play football. I wouldn’t have it any other way though!


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Stacey Balmer

I have had the joy of working for NSAN for 6 years now. I started working as the Project Coordinator for NSAN’s Manufacturing expansion, which was funded by the Skills Funding Agency, and then that developed into managing the delivery of NSAN’s classroom courses.

My IT and organisation skills have also recently earned me the responsibility of managing NSAN’s IT function. Previous to NSAN I worked in the NHS and the Third Sector, mainly within the HR department, but the roles have always been within the administration and project functions as this is what I love to do. 

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Mary Kinsella

I have been with NSAN since 2007.  In essence I am the Communications Department for NSAN.  Responsibilities include, social media, press releases, articles, brand management (with passion), article writing, websites, the production of promotional collateral and strategies (to name a few things). 

My background in graphic design, linked with over 15 years on the UK skills agenda has definitely come in useful both for NSAN and our members. 

When I am not telling the world about NSAN, I volunteer for a local charity supporting homeless people and I love to travel – as far off the beaten track as possible!


Helen Lucas

Business Development Lead

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Jenny Palmer

PA to MD/Quality & Office Manager

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Zoe Whittington

Projects Lead / EPAO Manager

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Helen Lucas

A learning and development background within energy and support services organisations.  I have been with NSAN for 9 years, helping members understand the benefits of and utilise the NS4P Competence and Training Management System, developed for the nuclear sector. I lead on the management of the Nuclear Training Network (NTN) and most recently involved in the production of e-learning and e-information packages for hosting on the platform. 

Away from NSAN I am passionate about Scouting and all the opportunities it offers young people to have fun, try new things and develop skills for life.


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Jenny Palmer

I worked with NSAN for 16 months between 2013 and 2015 on the NS4P and Apprenticeship projects. When my contract finished late 2015 I started work as a PA and Bid Coordinator for a lift company. I have been back with NSAN since January 2020 and it is great to be back – certainly doesn’t feel like 4 years!

I love the variety of my role helping with general office tasks, looking after the office quality and health and safety systems, in addition to being the End Point Assessment Administrator, as well as being Jo’s PA. 

Outside work I love outdoor swimming and swam Coniston (5.25 mile) in Aug 2018. I am Secretary of Helsby Running Club and also love orienteering, although it is safe to say I am not a natural orienteer! 


 

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Zoe Whittington

I originally joined NSAN from 2013-2016 to manage large programmes – firstly Give2Gain and then the Nuclear Industrial Partnership. I returned to NSAN on a permanent basis in 2018 and now oversee project management across NSAN and managing the expanding End Point Assessment (EPA) part of NSAN’s work. My background in energy, largely focussed on project management of engineering projects and innovations in renewable energy. Much of my experience has come from managing large projects and programmes and managing large amounts of public funding.

As a West Cumbrian I have been brought up in the nuclear world with family connections particularly prominent in decommissioning. My degrees in geology have also prompted my keen interest in geological disposal of nuclear waste and an inability to visit a beach without coming home with a pocket full of stones!

Outside of work I can be found skiing or running in the fells, I tend to complete one or two ultra-distance races a year.


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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