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ONR appoints new Chief Nuclear Inspector

The Office for Nuclear Regulation is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Nuclear Inspector to lead its regulatory activity.

Dr Andy Hall is currently ONR’s First Deputy Chief Nuclear Inspector. Previously he led power reactor and nuclear fuel cycle divisions within the Health and Safety Executive’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, and was engaged in nuclear safety analysis and research at the UK Atomic Energy Authority. This followed an early academic career, during which he gained a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Oxford and held positions in a number of its colleges.  

The ONR’s Chief Executive Officer, John Jenkins said:

“I’d like to welcome Dr Hall to this key role at ONR. His high standard of academic achievement, nuclear hazard knowledge and experience in the field will be invaluable in further developing ONR’s national and international credibility.  The depth and breadth of Andy’s knowledge will be instrumental in helping ONR to conduct its regulatory functions with efficiency and rigour.”

Dr Hall was appointed following an open recruitment exercise, chaired by an independent Civil Service Commissioner. He will be initially in post for a three year, fixed term, basis.


Notes to Editors 

  • The appointment was approved by the Department of Work and Pensions as the sponsoring department which oversees the Office for Nuclear Regulation. The panel consisted of a Civil Service Commissioner, the Acting CEO of the Health and Safety Executive, ONR Chair, ONR’s Chief Executive and a senior representative from DECC (the department with responsibility for nuclear safety and security policy).
  • For more information on civil service recruitment principles please go to
  • The Office for Nuclear Regulation was formed on 1 April 2011 as an agency of the Health and Safety Executive.
  • ONR seeks to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry, holding it to account on behalf of the public.
  • The Office for Nuclear Regulation is based in Bootle, Merseyside, and has offices in Cheltenham and London.