Jim Gulliford has over 30 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, working in the UK, France and the USA. During that time he has led multinational research teams working on science and safety issues related to thermal and fast reactor systems. From 2010 to 2018 he worked for the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in Paris, as Head of the Division of Nuclear Science and as Head of the Data Bank. Prior to that he served as Head of Profession for Criticality Safety and was a Senior Fellow at the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory.
Key Areas of Expertise
Jim has expertise as an experimentalist, analyst and programme manager at research reactor facilities in the UK and in France.
He is a recognised expert in several areas of nuclear science, including advanced modelling methods (multi-scale and multi-physics), innovative materials, uncertainty analysis, code validation and experimental needs. Recent projects include the development of the NEA Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) activity, which is aimed at passing on key knowledge to a new generation of nuclear scientists and engineers by involving them in international R&D collaborations.
Mr Gulliford has wide experience of safety assessment at various stages of the fuel cycle, including reactor operations, spent fuel management, transport and waste disposal.
Jim served as lead researcher, programme manager and as the nominated person with overall responsibility for operational safety at two UK research reactor facilities. In 1989 he was appointed ‘Chef de Phase’ for the CONRAD experimental programme at the MASURCA research reactor, Cadarache, France.
In 1991 Jim led a team of scientists on a fact-finding mission to nuclear research facilities in the former Soviet Union. One of the important outcomes of this project, undertaken on behalf of the European Commission, was the establishment of long-lasting links between research reactor teams in Russia and their counterparts in other countries.
Jim has played a key role in helping steer the development of analytical tools and in applying them to safety analyses for novel scenarios. These include the application of Burnup Credit methodology to criticality safety analysis for spent fuel operations and in the application of coupled multi-physics methods to post-closure criticality safety assessment for a Deep Geological Repository.
Jason CrainApplied Physics
Professor Jason Crain has a BSc in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His research background is in condensed matter physics and disordered and exotic materials studied using experimental and computational techniques. He has made major contributions in elucidating structure property relationships in complex materials using simple or minimal model systems. These include order-disorder transitions in semiconductors, artificial DNA nanoswitches, colloid-liquid crystal composites, minimal self-assembling systems.
Key Areas of Expertise
Jason held the role of Head of Physical Sciences at NPL from 2008 until he was made Director of Research in 2015. He is also Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Edinburgh and has been Visiting Professor at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center in New York since 2003.
With IBM, Jason has been involved in computer simulation of disordered materials and the development of new device paradigms. He has led several large industrial research projects resulting in IP licenses and commercial exploitation.
Jason was founding Director of the COSMIC Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), and a member of the steering committees of the IOP Liquids Group and the Scottish Bioinformatics Forum and former Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow. He has authored over 200 publications and holds five patents.
Alan McGoffNuclear Regulation
With more than 22 years of experience, Alan has worked as a nuclear regulator for nuclear sites and non-nuclear sites using radioactive substances. He also oversaw the regulation of major process industries including natural gas processing, oil refining, and Combined Cycle Gas Turbine generating plants.
Prior to that, he worked 12 years at Sellafield leading a team developing, specifying, installing, commissioning and supporting special radiometric instruments for the process plants.
Key Areas of Expertise
Since 2005 Alan has worked at DECC as the Environment Agency’s Principal Interface on new nuclear build matters and has contributed to the development of the Energy White Papers which secured new nuclear’s role. Alan has contributed to the review of DECC and NEA reports for NNL in addition to working on New Nuclear Build with Government Officials and Peter Handley who is seconded from NNL to DTI.
More recently Alan has supported DECC and BIS at meetings with potential international investors in the UK. Alan also led the development of the Environment Agency’s Radioactive Substances Regulation Environment Principles that guide Radioactive Substances Regulation (RSR) assessment and regulatory practice. Working closely with ONR, Alan developed the joint Generic Design Assessment process for candidate new nuclear reactor designs and Alan actively contributes his time to an NNL UCLan Nuclear PhD CASE award 'Building on the Success of GDA-Working to Achieve Better Regulation for Nuclear Licensed Sites'. He instigated the provision of a financial contribution to the NNL PhD CASE award from the Environment Agency (EA), in addition to contributions in kind from various individuals at EA.
Francis LivensSenior Academic Radiochemistry
Professor Francis Livens has a long history of collaboration with NNL (previously Nexia Solutions) and BNFL. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research (CRR), the first of BNFL’s four University Research Alliances. Between 1999 and 2004, he oversaw the growth of CRR from 1 academic and 5 researchers, to 4 academics, 2 Fellows, and 28 researchers.
Key Areas of Expertise
Francis has worked with NNL in: Research Council projects (e.g. NERC BIGRAD; EPSRC KNOO); NDA framework research contracts (e.g. ORCHID consortium) and Government Projects (e.g. the CBRN Radiological decontamination agent’s project). He has also published many joint Manchester and NNL/Nexia/BNFL academic journal papers.
Francis is Research Director of the University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute (DNI), responsible for strategic direction of the university’s nuclear portfolio. In 2011 DNI won Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest award within UK academia for ‘Internationally renowned research and skills training for the nuclear industry’.
The turnover in nuclear research has grown from £3.9 M p.a. in 2004 to £19.0 M p.a. in 2010 and the impact factor of Manchester’s nuclear publications is now the highest of all.
Francis has many external roles, and these currently include: Deputy Chair, UK Government Committee on Radioactive Waste Management; Member, UK Government panel ‘Scientific Advice to Government in Emergencies’; Member, Cabinet Office Scientific Advisory Committee; External advisor, UK Government Decontamination Service; External reviewer, nuclear R&D programmes, FZ Juelich, Germany; Member, NERC Expert Group on Radioactivity in the Environment; External adviser to National Nuclear Security Administration, USA; External reviewer, technical programmes, AWE Aldermaston.
Bruce HansonNuclear Engineering
Bruce has over 25 years’ experience within the nuclear industry working for BFNL between 1993 and 2012, giving him an unparalleled knowledge of NNL’s working structures. His last role with NNL was as head of Technical Assurance and Technical authority as a direct report to the Chief Science and Technology Officer. Personnel and capabilities.
Key Areas of Expertise
Bruce is a key academic in the field of nuclear engineering and coordinates effort between universities on joint research programmes. In his role as Director of the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds Bruce has established a nuclear engineering programme from which a number of opportunities to collaborate have already been recognised.
Bruce was the head of university links for NNL as well as running NNL’s team of research fellows.
Laurence WilliamsNuclear Safety and Regulation
Laurence Williams FREng is an Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Safety and Regulation. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College. Laurence is the Chair of the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee where he advises the Secretary of Defence on the Safety of the Defence Nuclear Programme. He is a Member of the High Scientific Council of the European Nuclear Society and he is the Chair of the Nuclear Future Editorial Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute.
Laurence is an international authority on nuclear safety and security regulation with expertise built on a long history working as a nuclear engineer, a nuclear regulator and an academic. He held positions with the Nuclear Power Group, the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), Her Majesty’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII), the Heath and Safety Executive (HSE), the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA), The University of Central Lancashire and Imperial College London.
Laurence was Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, HSE’s Director for Nuclear Safety and a Member of the HSE Board. At the NDA Laurence was the Director for Nuclear Safety, Security and Environment at its Chief Engineer. Laurence developed and delivered the world’s first MSc course on Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards. Laurence was the Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.
Laurence has made a considerable contribution to international nuclear safety. He was the Chair of the IAEA Commission on Safety Standards, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of international standards in the areas of nuclear safety, radiation protection, radioactive waste management and the transport of nuclear materials. He was a member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Nuclear Safety Group and its Chernobyl International Advisory Group which advised on the construction of the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement.
Laurence was the lead author of the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) Guide on an integrated approach to nuclear safety and security. Laurence chaired the ex-post evaluation of the Euratom FP7 and FP7+2 nuclear fission and fusion research programme and he chaired the interim evaluation of the Euratom 2014-18 nuclear fission and fusion research programme.
Professor Jon Lloyd is a world-renowned geomicrobiologist whose research at the interface between biology and geology addresses the mechanisms of microbial redox transformations of iron, and other metals, metalloids and radionuclides. Jon is Director of the Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Sciences (WRC), which offers state of the art infrastructure for mineralogical, geochemical and microbial analyses.
Key Areas of Expertise
Through working with NNL staff with microbiological training, Jon has facilitated the development of NNL infrastructure to perform genomic analyses on highly radioactive
samples from Sellafield Ltd. This infrastructure complements Manchester’s multi-million biological characterisation infrastructure, and combined represents a unique capability in the UK. It has recently underpinned the characterisation of algal growth in fuel storage ponds and has led to a new Nucl Eng Doc PhD on algal biocontrol in nuclear storage ponds, with NNL and Sellafield in 2013, and a new EPSRC PhD studentship in the 2014.
Jon and NNL environmental scientists are continuing to develop this area as a matter of priority. In the area of remediation of contaminated land working with NNL Environmental Services technical specialists and research fellows Jon has attracted NDA Bursary funding for three PhD projects which are closely co-supervised by NNL staff and that enhances NNL’s research profile and reputation with its customers. Jon also works closely with NNL staff on the impact of microbiology on radioactive waste geodisposal, for example through “MIND” a new EU programme initiated under the IGDTP platform in 2014.
Jon was awarded the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society in 2006 (for pioneering work on radionuclide biogeochemistry) and was cited as one of the Science Council’s Top 100 practicing UK scientists in 2014. He has secured over15M funding over the last decade and has published over190 publications, with many contributions that have furthered our understanding of the impact of microbial processes on the nuclear fuel cycle.
He was also instrumental in the setting up Manchester’s Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning, leading the successful £1.4M bid for the Centre in 2010, which he remains affiliated with. In 2010 Jon was awarded a Royal Society (RS) Industrial Fellowship secondment to NNL, with an associated appointment as an NNL Senior Visiting Fellow (SVF). He has also mentored and encouraged NNL staff in developing their research careers, interests and publications. This includes the award of a RS Industrial Fellowship to Nick Smith in accordance with NNL’s technical transformation to a National Laboratory.
Tim AbramNuclear Fuel Technology
Professor Tim Abram has gained over 21 years’ experience in the nuclear sector both in the UK and the USA. He led the team at BNFL responsible for the fuel rod design and safety analysis for the UK's most recent nuclear power station, Sizewell B, and for the UK's first export order for mixed (U,Pu) oxide fuel (MOX). Prior to joining the University of Manchester Tim was the Senior Research Fellow for Fuels and Reactor Systems at the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory. He joined The University of Manchester in 2008 as the first holder of the Westinghouse Chair in Nuclear Fuel Technology
Key Areas of Expertise
Tim has experience in the design, performance and safety analysis of all major fuel types, and in the development of computer codes for the analysis of in-reactor fuel performance
Tim is the UK's representative on the IAEA Technical Group on Fast Reactors and Accelerator-Driven Systems and has participated in over 15 European Framework research programs in nuclear fuel and reactor technology. He was co-author of the Fuels and Materials section of the Generation-IV Roadmap and participates as the Euratom representative and Co-Chair of the VHTR Project Management Board for Fuel and Fuel Cycle research.
Eann PattersonStructural Materials
Eann has a distinguished academic career in structural materials and mechanics with over 30 years’ experience in this field. He has had a number of key roles in academia in the UK and USA, and as acted as a Co-coordinator of multi-partner research consortia.
Eann also held roles as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University where he was also Director of the Composite Vehicle Research Center.
Key Areas of Expertise
Eann has key knowledge working with several industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, biomedical, marine and nuclear. He also has experience of working with and advising Government in the USA and UK.
Eann has been described as a ‘charismatic figure with key technical communication skills’. He has experience as a speaker at international conferences, media appearances in the USA, author of a book and more than 130 peer-reviewed papers. He has chaired funding panels, been editor of a number of international journals and has organized workshops. Eann was also presented with the Hsue-Shen Tsien Professorship in Engineering Sciences for his work in 2014 by the Institute of Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has also been instrumental in working with NNL to develop the case for the Nuclear Computing Centre of Excellence.
Eann is the A. A. Griffith Chair of Structural Materials and Mechanics and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder at the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool.
Simon WalkerReactor Physics
Dr Simon Walker was employed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, involved in reactor safety studies. Following that he worked for Shell International, in Holland and Canada, where he led a group undertaking financial evaluation and modelling of proposed oil and gas developments. Simon currently heads the Nuclear Research Group in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College London. The group is engaged in research into various aspects of nuclear reactor safety and design. His university lecturing encompasses nuclear power, the economics of nuclear generation, and managerial economics. He is engaged in consulting and advisory roles in both civil and submarine nuclear power.
Key Areas of Expertise
Simon is part of the NNL-led consortium providing input into DECC’s embryonic national advanced reactor programme through his leadership of the reactor physics and thermal hydraulics domain. He is a member of the advanced reactors working group within NIRAB and has intentions to bid for DECC/BIS funding to build a national thermal hydraulics facility. Simon is the very rare combination of an exceedingly talented academic research leader who has an excellent appreciation of the needs of the nuclear industry when working within severe time, financial and regulatory constraints.
Simon has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and over 25 in conference proceedings mainly on the numerical prediction of electromagnetic phenomena, reactor physics, nuclear thermal hydraulics and PWR severe accident analysis. He has given a number of public lectures not only on the science behind nuclear power but also on the economics of nuclear generation and new build. Simon is also a world authority on PWR fuel bundle heat transfer specifically in understanding the degrading influence of crud build-up on clad performance and is engaged in international research and lecturing activities.