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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
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5th Meeting of the 189th Session (2009-2010)

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: A strange case of not only doing 'what it says on the tin'?

Dr Ian D Hudson
Sellafield Programme Director
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 15th February 2010, at 7pm

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is about to enter its sixth year of operation. Over this period of time a significant number of achievements have been accumulated. Whilst maintaining and improving on safety and security across the civil nuclear estate, the NDA has completed two major public sector procurements, extensively restructured the industry, generated £5.9BN of revenue, delivered £600M of efficiencies and established a pension scheme for over 20,000 individuals. In addition to these achievements, a significant amount of decommissioning and clean-up has been completed by working through the private sector.

Whilst on the face of it, the NDA is a public sector body, the breadth of skills required to work across the private and public sector is somewhat more diverse than traditionally found in this sort of organisation. This diversity of skills and capability may reflect the nature of future public sector provision as we face up to the challenges of cost pressures, regulation, economic development and the modernisation of old state industries.

Dr Hudson has worked in the UK and US nuclear industry since 1992. Throughout his career he has faced the challenges of working at the interface of the public and private sector within a complex and highly regulated industry. In 2005 Dr Hudson joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and up to September 2008 was the Director responsible for engineering and skills across the UK. Presently he is the Sellafield Programme Director which involves leading and managing a 17 year, £1.4BN per year contract to run the Sellafield Site which is presently operated on behalf of NDA by a private sector consortium made up of companies from the UK, US and France. In addition, Dr Hudson is a Non Executive Director of Cogent the Sector Skills Council and Chairman of Energus which is a vocational training company and is a member of the Engineering College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Location of meeting

Society Business

The President, Robin Harper MSP, will be in the Chair

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
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