Our governance

Find out about the structure of CoRWM and read minutes of plenary and other meetings.

We are a group of independent experts appointed by the governments of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our current members are:

We meet as required to discuss progress on our work programme and formulate advice. We also collate and evaluate evidence from a wide range of sources. We use our findings to advise the government and devolved administrations on the storage and disposal of higher activity radioactive waste (HAW). Reports of these meetings are published in line with our stakeholder engagement strategy.

We publish the minutes of our most recent meetings. Minutes from previous meetings are on The National Archives website.

CoRWM subgroups for 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018

Subgroup 1: Working with communities and communications

Primary tasks

  • to scrutinise the activities of BEIS, the Welsh government (WG) and Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) in relation to ‘communities’ in the context of the UK and WG policy ‘Implementing Geological Disposal’, how communities are represented and community benefits
  • to scrutinise RWM’s communication strategy
  • to report to the main CoRWM Committee to enable the development of advice to ministers, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and RWM

Membership

  • Dr Janet Wilson (Chair)
  • Mr Paul Davis
  • Professor Melissa Denecke
  • Dr Joanne Hill
  • Professor Simon Redfern
  • Professor Julia West

Subgroup 2: Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Safety Case and Geology

Primary tasks

  • to scrutinise the RWM’ s National Geological Screening activities
  • to scrutinise RWM’s development and use of the public facing documents on the indicative GDF designs and associated safety characteristics for the 3 rock types
  • to scrutinise RWM’s siting activities
  • to scrutinise RWM’s development of the GDF safety case
  • to scrutinise RWM’s ‘Letter of Compliance’ process
  • to report to the main CoRWM Committee to enable the development of advice to ministers, NDA and RWM

Membership

  • Mr Paul Davis (Chair)
  • Dr Andy Hall
  • Mr Stephen Newson
  • Professor Simon Redfern
  • Dr Richard Shaw
  • Professor Julia West

Subgroup 3: Planning and regulation

Primary tasks

  • to scrutinise the work being done by BEIS on the development of the Draft National Policy Statement (NPS) for geological disposal.
  • to scrutinise the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and BEIS activities associated with prescribing the disposal of radioactive waste as a licensable activity under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 as amended
  • to scrutinise the development of the GDF regulatory framework both during the run-up to the launch of the GDF siting process and during the initial engagement between RWM and interested communities.
  • to report to the main CoRWM Committee to enable the development of advice to ministers, NDA and RWM

Membership

  • Dr Andy Hall (Chair)
  • Mr Stephen Tromans
  • Mr Andrew Walters

Subgroup 4: Organisational development

Primary tasks

  • to scrutinise the RWM and BEIS readiness review activities
  • to scrutinise the organisational development of RWM as it transitions from its current research and development focus into a GDF delivery organisation
  • to report to the main CoRWM Committee to enable the development of advice to ministers, NDA and RWM

Membership

  • Mr Stephen Newson (Chair)
  • Professor Campbell Gemmell
  • Dr Joanna Hill
  • Mr Stephen Tromans

Subgroup 5: Scottish government activities

Primary tasks

  • to scrutinise the Scottish government’s activities in relation to the management of higher activity radioactive waste (HAW) in Scotland
  • to report to the main CoRWM Committee to enable the development of advice to ministers, NDA and RWM

Membership

  • Professor Campbell Gemmell
  • Mr Andrew Walters
  • Dr Janet Wilson

Subgroup 6: Welsh government activities

Primary tasks

  • to scrutinise the Welsh government’s activities in relation to the delivery of the Implementing Geological Disposal (IGD) policy in Wales
  • support Subgroup 1 on the Welsh government’s activities on ‘communities’ and communication.
  • to report to the main CoRWM Committee to enable the development of advice to ministers, NDA and RWM

Membership

  • Professor Gregg Butler
  • Professor Melissa Denecke
  • Dr Richard Shaw

Subgroup 7: Storage of Radioactive Waste, Spent Fuel and Nuclear Materials

Primary task

  • keep a watching brief on the storage of radioactive waste, spent fuel and nuclear materials - the subgroup will focus on engagement with the NDA, but will also monitor spent fuel and Higher Activity Waste (HAW) storage in wales and Scotland

Membership

  • Professor Gregg Butler