The Nuclear Industry Council (NIC) was re-established in February 2017 following a review by Government and industry. The NIC is the primary forum for engagement between the nuclear industry and government and its primary role is to provide strategic leadership to the nuclear industry. Among its responsibilities is oversight of the development and delivery of a nuclear Sector Deal as part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy.
Originally set up to deliver the 2012 nuclear Industrial Strategy, the previous NIC delivered valuable work in key areas including cost reduction, skills and public understanding of nuclear energy.
The NIC later underwent a review in consultation with its members, in order to make it more effective. This led to a number of reforms, namely a reduced membership and a more long-term focus covering all aspects of the nuclear industry.
Nuclear Sector Deal update
The Nuclear Industry Council has published proposals for a Nuclear Sector Deal. Government will continue discussions with the NIC to explore these further.
Government announced a series of measures to boost innovation and provide greater policy certainty to the nuclear industry.
In a speech to the nuclear industry, Richard Harrington set out:
Policy clarity on new build and geological disposal programmes:
Including the launch of a consultation on siting arrangements for new nuclear power and the intention to shortly launch two public consultations on the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Programme.
Boost to innovation and R&D
Including up to £8m as part of the Nuclear Innovation Programme and up to £56m funding for new technologies through the 2-stage AMR Programme.
Funding to ensure the UK remains as a world leader in fusion
Including £86m of funding to establish the National Fusion Technology Platform (NaFTeP) based at Culham in Oxfordshire.
Chair and structure
The Council is co-chaired by Lord Hutton, Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and Richard Harrington, the Minister for Energy and Industry at BEIS.
Secretariat is provided by the NIA and BEIS.
The Council will meet as required, but approximately three times a year as a minimum; minutes of meetings will be published on this website, along with reports and publications produced through the work of the Council.
The NIC is comprised of executive-level members from across the nuclear industry, as well as Government and regulators.
Members have been selected to provide a breadth of knowledge and experience and will be expected to speak for their areas of expertise, rather than their companies or organisations.
Membership for the period February 2017 – February 2019 is as follows:
Clive White, Amec Foster Wheeler
Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon
Harry Holt, Rolls Royce
Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EdF Energy
Kevin Coyne, Trade Unionists for Safe Nuclear Energy (TUSNE)
Matt Tuck, MATOM
Mike Clancy, Prospect
Paul Foster, Sellafield Ltd
Paul Howarth, National Nuclear Laboratory
Paul Westbury, Laing O’Rourke
Simon Bowen, Cavendish Nuclear
Sue Ion, Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB)
Terry Hill, Arup/ Independent
Tom Greatrex, Nuclear Industry Association (NIA)
Tom Samson, NuGen
Campbell Kier, Department for International Trade
Ken Skates, Welsh Government
David Peattie, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)
Julian Kelly (MoD)
Stephen Speed, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
Adrienne Kelbie, Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)