Nuclear Industry Council

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.

Background

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.

The Nuclear Sector Deal: Nuclear Industry Council proposals to government for a Sector Deal

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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.

The work of the Council is implemented through the NIA ’s Delivery Group and a number of industry-led working groups, such as the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG).

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.

Membership

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:

Industry

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

Mike Tynan

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

Government

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

Regulator

Adrienne Kelbie, Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)

Terms of reference

Terms of reference

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2017 meeting minutes

22 February 2017: meeting minutes

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Historical meeting minutes

16 July 2014: meeting minutes and agenda

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2 April 2014: meeting minutes and agenda

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13 November 2013: meeting minutes and agenda

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10 July 2013: meeting minutes and agenda

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27 February 2013: meeting minutes and agenda

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Publications

In the Public Eye - Nuclear Energy and Society

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Policies

Contact details

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