See the 2018 speaker line-up below!
The Annual Nuclear Decommissioning Conference Europe is the region's leading forum for the shutdown of the first wave of nuclear power plants. Discover the latest and most innovative developments in the decommissioning and waste management space by hearing from the industry’s leading utilities, regulators and experts.
The 2018 event welcomed senior level representativies from across the world and participants, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates were very pleased by the quality of the presentations and networking opportunities.
Utility & SLC Perspectives
Head of Estimating
John has responsibility for setting the estimating strategy, developing the systems and procedures across a portfolio of £50bn on one of the most challenging nuclear facilities in the world.
Before joining Sellafield, John was with Jacobs for 17years as the Manager of Project Services, covering Project Controls, Estimating, Procurement and Contract Administration functions, applicable to project delivery on industry sectors including Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Infrastructure, and Power & Nuclear.
He started his career with Mowlem, before moving to Laing Construction, where he remained for 8 years in the role of Estimating Manager, before joining Jacobs.
Finally, one of John’s many roles is to represent Sellafield on the NDA’s Benchmarking forum.
Posiva Solutions Oy
Mr. Pohjonen has over 25 years of international experience in the energy sector. He has previously held various sales and management positions in the engineering and management consulting business, e.g. in Fortum Oyj and Pöyry. Moreover, Mr. Pohjonen has broad expertise in the nuclear energy business acquired in numerous projects in Finland and in almost all European countries that utilize nuclear energy, as well as in the Middle East and China. He has also worked as an invited expert in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on several occasions.
Deputy Director of International Affairs
He is currently Deputy Director of International Affairs of the SOGIN Group in Rome. In his role is Responsible of coordinating International Sogin's Institutional (i.e. Chairman and CEO visit) and technical high-level activities (i.e. Membership and participation in events abroad, preparation of cooperation projects).
Previously, from September 2007 to January 2014, he was Responsible for economic studies unit for Italy and South-East European countries for the International Energy Company ENGIE (Formerly GDF-SUEZ) in Brussels/Paris. In this role, he has developed the energy investment strategies for the Group in the designated countries.
From October 2002 to August 2007 he has participated in the start-up of the Governmental Company “Acquirente Unico” with the mission of ensuring continuous, secure, efficient and competitively priced electricity supply to captive customers, so as to enable them to reap the benefits of the electricity liberalization process.
From November 1998 to September 2002 has lead, as a Manager, consultancy teams providing advisory services in energy topics to Association, Regulatory Authorities and Private companies across Europe for the International Consulting Company Ernst & Young (EY).
ERP (Energy Risk Professionals) certificate, Garp – 2012
Competition and Regulation European Summer School, Univ. Atene – 2011
Saïd Business School, Univ. Oxford – 2008
MBA, LUISS Management School, 1998
Chemical Engineering, Univ. La Sapienza, 1995
Head of Assurance
Karl is Head of Assurance at the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). His portfolio involves supporting, challenging and undertaking assurance of activities across the NDA’s estate, which includes Sellafield, a large fleet of old Magnox nuclear reactors and associated infrastructure and research sites.
Prior to joining the NDA, Karl steered a variety of upstream oil & gas mega-projects ranging in size from US$3 to $50 Billion, for deployment in Angola, Kazakhstan, the US Gulf of Mexico, and the Danish sector of the North Sea, on behalf of operators such as Chevron, Total and Maersk Oil. His experience covers the full range of mega-project maturation, from concept through engineering and construction to operations.
Before focusing on the energy sector, Karl was a management consultant and entrepreneur, having been a Partner at marchFIRST - a global eCommerce consultancy, and prior to that a decade at Accenture. Consequently, he has experience across a wide range of industries, and was often involved in helping blue-chip organisations experiencing the most challenging of circumstances. He was a founding member of a number of high-tech start-ups and consultancies and has held office as managing director and company secretary.
Karl is currently coordinating the Benchmarking Task Group within the Decommissioning Cost Estimation Group as part of the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency.
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Government, Regulatory and Agency Insights
Senior Analyst, Operation and Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities
Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM)
Simon Carroll is a decommissioning specialist at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM). He is a member of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency’s Working Party on Decommissioning & Dismantling (WPDD) and is Chair of its Decommissioning Cost Estimation Group (DCEG). He also participated in the OECD NEA Nuclear Development Committee’s Expert Group on Costs of Decommissioning (COSTDEC).
Simon represents Sweden in the European Commission’s Decommissioning Funding Group (DFG) and its Nuclear Decommissioning Assistance Programme Committee (NDAPC).
Since 2009, he has been a member of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board (NLFAB), advising the government on the financial arrangements for decommissioning of new nuclear power plants in the UK. He has degrees in radiochemistry and medicine; and EU law.
Acting Section head Section on Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology
Mr Michal deals with wide range of technical and non-technical aspects of decommissioning of nuclear facilities and environmental remediation of contaminated sites within the IAEA Waste Technology Section (up to December 2017) and within the Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Section (Acting Section head from January 2018).
Before he joined the IAEA, he worked on various positions in research and engineering company VUJE in Slovakia. He was involved in planning and implementation of several national and international decommissioning projects in Central and Eastern Europe countries.
He is a nuclear engineer (MSc, PhD) and author or co-author of more than 70 papers on various decommissioning and radioactive waste management topics.
Environment and Business Senior Advisor (Nuclear Specialist), Legacy and Waste, Radioactive Substances and Installations Regulation
Speaker bio coming soon.
LLW Repository Ltd
Martin Walkingshaw established LLWR's waste management services team, providing support to UK waste producers in their efforts to implement the waste management hierarchy and preserve capacity at the UK’s national LLW repository. He is now accountable for the Commercial, Strategy and National Programme teams and was appointed to the LLWR Board in 2011.
Martin started his career in 1982 as a BNFL engineering apprentice. Over the next 25 years he held a variety of roles in Spent Fuel, Intermediate and High Level Waste Plants at Sellafield. Martin left Sellafield to join the team at LLWR in 2006, just before the organisation separated from British Nuclear Group Ltd to become a standalone site licence company.
Director Global D&D / WM Business Development
Westinghouse Electric Company
Joseph has an Engineering Master Degree from the University of Mons (Belgium). He joined Westinghouse in 1981 in the Nuclear Safety Engineering Department in which he gained increased responsibilities in marketing and customer project management. He led a growth initiative for Decommissioning and Dismantling (D&D) with some significant awards and has been appointed Director, Decommissioning and Dismantling Business Development in 2010, with global oversight on decommissioning, decontamination, remediation and waste management services.
Head of Sales Waste Management
Head of Sales Department Waste Management” Jörg Viermann of GNS is responsible for all GNS’s products and services for the disposal of L/ILW as well as D&D services. Jörg has a University Degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Chemical Engineering and more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Throughout his career Jörg has been dealing with the disposal of all sorts of L/ILW both from operation and dismantling of nuclear power stations or other nuclear facilities. He has also contributed to various decommissioning projects in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Formerly a Director of an international cost consultancy for 10 years, he established Enkom in 2011 to provide business and cost management services to the UK / International energy sector.
Martyn has advised numerous nuclear clients including Magnox, NuGen, EDF Energy, the NDA and various contracting companies on cost and commercial matters.
Current and previous roles on behalf of various clients include;
• Consultant to Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), a non Governmental Department, part of UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) undertaking on Independent Reviews and advising on Benchmarking of Nuclear Site Licensed Companies (SLC’s) cost estimates with Lifetime Plan values in excess of £100bn.
• Heading an Independent Assurance team reviewing the Decommissioning Waste Management Plan (DWMP) part of the NuGeneration Limited new build nuclear power plant at Moorside in Cumbria, consisting of three Westinghouse AP100 reactors.
• Advised Magnox in the role of ‘Head of Cost’ for over 8 years on cost management and commercial practices with particular emphasis in improving cost capture & management systems and developing cost norms such that future projects have greater confidence of likely out-turn costs and durations.
In addition to his consultancy roles, he has written and contributed to numerous articles on Cost Management and Reducing Risks / Uncertainty on decommissioning portfolios published in international publications. Also, he has spoken, and chaired panels, at various International Nuclear conferences on subject such as Increasing Confidence in Cost Estimates and Benchmarking.
More than 35 years of experience in French plant engineering studies in widely varying field ranging from safety to the environment, not forgetting radiation protection, waste management and layout. International expert for irradiated graphite and tritium management.
University of Leeds
Diletta is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds, focusing on project management in the nuclear decommissioning industry, where she investigates the correlation between the characteristics of nuclear decommissioning projects and their performances. This project is developed in collaboration and with the support of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and it is based on the benchmarking analysis. The final goal is to establish sustainable improvement objectives and to draft empirically-based guidelines to improve the selection, planning and delivery of nuclear decommissioning projects.
Partner (Advisory - Corporate Finance)
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Partner (Capital Projects Advisory)
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EVP and CNO
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Research Associate/ PhD candidate
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Felix Hübner is a research associate at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He is the project manager of a research project concerning the project management of the dismantling of nuclear facilities.
Felix Hübner is specialised in project scheduling for large scale and complex projects under uncertainty. In this research area he develops algorithms that help to optimise the project planning of nuclear dismantling projects.
Before joining KIT as a research associate, Felix Hübner was a project manager responsible for renewable energy projects.
Deputy Head of Institute
2006 Ph.D. in mining engineering
2001 High school diploma in mining engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Since July 2010 Managing director of international nuclear safety engineering gmbh (Consulting on Decommissioning, Waste Management, Final Disposal)
Since Oct 2009 Deputy Head of Institute "Nuclear Engineering", Aachen University
Jan 2006 – Sept 2009 Chief Engineer at the Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Machine Design, Aachen University
Senior Applications Engineer
Process Systems Enterprise Limited
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Co-founder and Coordinator
A short business biography: Noe21 is the French acronym for New Economic Orientation for the 21st Century. Swiss NGO founded and based in Geneva in 2003 with official status at the UNFCCC (UN climate convention). Noe21 is specialised in solutions campaigning and market based instruments in the global climate campaign. www.noe21.org/en
Managing Director, NSE International
& Director, Olenian Ltd
Barry is one of three leading partners at International NSE GmbH registered in Aachen, Germany. He leads the provision of strategic support to international companies seeking to enter the German market, with several clients now active in the German market as a result. He also works with German companies looking to enter the UK market.
Barry is a business developer at heart. After 35+ years in the nuclear industry, he is still fascinated by the opportunities for companies truly committed to solving customers’ problems, especially in nuclear decommissioning and waste. In senior executive roles, he has led change and growth for several companies, identifying new opportunities in Europe for US and UK companies. Examples of initiatives he led were building a metals recycling business for the German utilities, workforce transition for utilities entering decommissioning and recycling of specialist radioactive sealed sources.
He lives in Abingdon, England and enjoys time with his family plus cycling, gardening and cricket.
Decommissioning Expert & Chair of the ICAEW Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Bill has a wealth of International Board level experience in Energy, Environment and Infrastructure in UK, US, Europe and Emerging Markets.
Founder Director and former CFO of the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, responsible for business processes, systems, procurement and controls and re-financing UK decommissioning programmes.
Career includes: E&Y, British Railways, TXU Europe, UK Gov, CFO at NDA and at the European Chemicals Agency.
Non-exec roles in pension, insurance and energy companies and in an educational charity. Bill is currently providing business development, consulting and coaching.