Head of integrated delivery optimisation,
Hinkley Point C
Mechanical engineering and leadership have been at the heart of my career for over 21 years in the nuclear industry. I have had the most varied and exciting journey, starting as a Systems Engineer and Design Engineer at Torness Power Station; an advanced gas reactor in Scotland.
Following 10 years at Torness, I crossed the Channel to work for EDF Energy on assignment in Paris. This was a significant change from a running power station but one that allowed me to experience several different technical areas and delve more into project management activities. I worked in the EDF National Nuclear Engineering Centre on the generic design assessment (GDA) of the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) by the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
I moved from an engineering design centre in Paris to the construction site of an EPR in Normandy in France. Returning to site, but this time in the construction phase was hugely exciting. I was reminded of colleagues from Torness who seemed to know every corner of the plant perfectly and for whom I had immense respect. To witness the steel and concrete of a new power plant take form in front of my eyes was magical to the mechanical engineer in me. I was responsible for the installation activities of two nuclear island buildings on site and led the coordination and management of all electro-mechanical and civil second-phase activities in my buildings, which represents millions of euros of contract value.
After 5 years in France, I came full circle, returning to the UK to work at Hinkley Point C, the site of the first new nuclear power plant to be built in the UK in a generation. It is far from an operating plant; being in the main civil and initial electro-mechanical stages of construction but I am able to combine my skills and experience from Torness, Paris and Normandy and apply them to one of the largest construction and engineering projects in Europe which is why I love what I do. I have been responsible for delivering 12 nuclear island buildings, have been seconded into the Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC Alliance; an innovative contractual approach adopted on HPC and am currently Head of Integrated Service Delivery ensuring our schedule baseline is delivered, our critical path is protected, and we achieve our project milestones.
Each role has taken me on an interesting and challenging step on my leadership journey; management by influence and increasing my resilience with tough experiences that have equipped me to step on each time to new and bigger challenges. I believe that Leadership is about service, not self-service. The foundation of my leadership principles is knowing and trusting my team and celebrating their capabilities. I empower the team to encourage their highest performance and use my influence and network to help secure our team objectives.
I have a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, awarded with distinction. I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.
I have two teenage children. I love cooking and making food that my kids will eat, which is always a challenge, discovering the Quantocks by foot with those same well-fed kids, French-language cinema and travelling, particularly by train. I retain a secret interest in Lego that I can exercise through spending time with my son and his Star Wars Lego.
English is my mother-tongue, and I am fluent in French (spoken, written and reading) which helps when in comes to watching French films.