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Mark McAllister appointed as ONR Chair

Mark McAllister

We are delighted to announce that Mark McAllister has been appointed as the new Chair of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The appointment was announced earlier today, 21 February 2019, by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions as our sponsor government department.

Mark McAllister will succeed Nick Baldwin CBE who has held the post for the past eight years.  Nick led ONR’s Board since 2011, prior to ONR becoming a public corporation and independent nuclear regulator in 2014 and since, through its crucial transitional and development years.

As Chair of ONR, Mark will be responsible for ensuring that ONR delivers its mission to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry on behalf of the public.  He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, gained in a wide ranging career in the international oil industry.

ONR’s Chief Executive Adriènne Kelbie said:

“On behalf of the whole ONR team, I welcome Mark to ONR.   I am looking forward to working with him, particularly as we focus on significant priorities this year, and define our 2020-2025 strategy.  I am confident that his skills, experience and attitude will bring greater diversity and depth to the ONR Board, and be of benefit to all our stakeholders.”

Mark McAllister said:

“I am delighted to be appointed Chair of ONR.  As the UK nuclear regulator, ONR has a vital role in ensuring the continued safe operation of the current nuclear portfolio and the suitability of new nuclear reactors. I look forward to working with the Board and the executive team to ensure that the ONR continues to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry.”

Mark McAllister takes up his five-year appointment as ONR Chair from 1 April 2019.