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ONR Chair welcomes honour for Chief Nuclear Inspector

The Chair of the Office for Nuclear Regulation, Nick Baldwin, has welcomed the Honour for Britain’s Chief Nuclear Inspector. 

Dr Mike Weightman was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the New Year’s Honours list for services to nuclear safety.

Nick Baldwin said:

“Mike has made many outstanding contributions to improvements in nuclear safety in Britain and internationally over a distinguished career in the Health and Safety Executive, and before that at British Nuclear Fuels. He has served with distinction as Her Majesty’s Chief Nuclear Inspector for seven years and played an important role in developing the Office for Nuclear Regulation. The Honour recognises the enormous personal contribution he has made to nuclear safety throughout his career.”

In 2011, Dr Weightman led a comprehensive review of the implications of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan resulting in two major reports to the UK Government. He chairs various international nuclear safety committees on behalf of OECD and EC.  He is acknowledged internationally as a leading figure in shaping and setting nuclear safety standards, and has been formally recognised by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).