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Four ONR inspectors secure nuclear industry 'top status'

Four inspectors from The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) have gained their Fellowships from The Nuclear Institute (NI) - the top status within the UK's nuclear industry.

Anindya Sen, Ian Phillips, Simon Thompson and Paolo Picca secured the grade during the last 12 months, which is a recognition of outstanding nuclear professionalism.

They will now use the post-nominal letters (FNucI) and be able to use their experience to help shape the industry including writing for the NI journal, sitting on its committee and assisting with national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational activities.

Anindya, a nuclear safety inspector in structural integrity, for the New Reactors and Sellafield Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste (SDFW) divisions, said: "I feel extremely proud to be a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute as I believe I have demonstrated my commitment and dedication towards my profession.

"Furthermore, as a public servant working in ONR, by achieving Fellowship following independent scrutiny and evaluation by a professional institution, I have contributed towards enhancing the trust and confidence in public with ONR in discharging our duties and responsibilities."

Paolo, a control and instrumentation principal inspector, with the SDFW division, said: "I feel honoured to receive the fellowship from an accredited organisation like The Nuclear Institute.

"This will give me further motivation to contribute more actively to The NI, to promote a strong nuclear safety and security culture."

Simon, a delivery management group lead for engineering, with the Operating Facilities division, said: "I feel proud to be recognised as a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute.

"Gaining Fellowship status provides recognition of my experience, expertise and hard work."

Ian, who has been appointed as ONR's Head of Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste, within the SDFW division, said: "I am thrilled to achieve Fellowship of the Nuclear Institute as it demonstrates that a background that’s different from the majority of nuclear safety inspectors need not be a barrier to developing a varied career in nuclear safety.

"I am also impressed and very grateful that ONR has grown and developed in the 10 years I have been here to embrace and support those with differing backgrounds to achieve their potential, through such achievements as membership, and then Fellowship, of the Nuclear Institute."

Kay Collier, Head of ONR Academy, said: "As Fellows of the Nuclear Institute, Anindya, Ian, Simon and Paolo are rightly recognised as displaying exceptional professionalism and competence in their work within the nuclear sector.

"We have been delighted to support them on their career journey."