The NIA is a small team, with a big job. As well as providing services to members to help their businesses navigate the nuclear industry, meet the right people and learn about the latest opportunities, we are also the voice of the industry to the media, Government and Parliament.

We are based in Covent Garden, London. You can find out more about our individual backgrounds and areas of specialism below.

Lord Hutton

Chairman

Lord Hutton has been a Member of the Upper House since 2010 following a successful 18 year career as the Labour Member of Parliament for...

Lord Hutton has been a Member of the Upper House since 2010 following a successful 18 year career as the Labour Member of Parliament for...

Lord Hutton has been a Member of the Upper House since 2010 following a successful 18 year career as the Labour Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness. During this time, he held a number of ministerial positions including as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2005-07, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform from 2007-08, and Secretary of State for Defence from 2008-09.

Lord Hutton was appointed Chair of the Nuclear Industry Council in 2013. He was invited by the coalition government to Chair a Commission on public service pensions, with its final report being published in 2011.

Lord Hutton was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and has three sons and a daughter.

Tom Greatrex

Chief Executive

Tom Greatrex became Chief Executive of the NIA on 1 February 2016. Formerly MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Tom was shadow energy mi...

Tom Greatrex became Chief Executive of the NIA on 1 February 2016. Formerly MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Tom was shadow energy mi...

Tom Greatrex became Chief Executive of the NIA on 1 February 2016. Formerly MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Tom was shadow energy minister from 2011 – 2015 and the opposition’s lead spokesman on nuclear energy, electricity market reform, smart grid and metering, carbon capture and storage, interconnection and both onshore and offshore oil and gas.

Leading the scrutiny of the Energy Act and the Infrastructure Act in the last Parliament, he secured a number of amendments to the proposed legislation. He also served as a member of the Energy Select Committee from 2010 and from 2007-2010 was a policy adviser in the Scotland Office, including on energy.

Since 2015, he has been an independent policy analyst working in the energy sector for a range of clients, a frequent media commentator on energy issues, and a regular columnist for Utility Week. In a varied prior career, he was Director of Corporate Affairs for the NHS in Scotland, a chief officer in local government and a GMB trade union official in England. Outside of work his main interests are family, football (Fulham) and film.

Peter Haslam

Head of Policy

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector and an extensive knowledge of the public policy process.

Prior to joini...

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector and an extensive knowledge of the public policy process.

Prior to joini...

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector and an extensive knowledge of the public policy process.

Prior to joining the NIA Peter was British Energy’s Director of Government Affairs for nine years. During his career at BE, Peter developed and implemented the company’s public affairs strategy at the Scottish, Westminster and European levels. Prior to this, his roles included Public Affairs Manager at Nuclear Electric plc and Head of the Parliamentary Section at the Central Electricity Generating Board.

Before joining the electricity industry in 1986 Peter was a career civil servant in the Department of Energy, including spells as private secretary to two Government Ministers.

peter.haslam@niauk.org
020 7766 6650

Veronica Lekavicius

Head of Administration

Veronica has worked in a number of sectors including finance, accountancy, building and construction, engineering, events management and...

Veronica has worked in a number of sectors including finance, accountancy, building and construction, engineering, events management and...

Veronica has worked in a number of sectors including finance, accountancy, building and construction, engineering, events management and entertainment giving her an insight into commercial and administrative practices. She has also run her own consultancy business.

She joined British Nuclear Industry Forum (BNIF) as Personal Assistant/Office Manager and later became the Industrial Liaison Manager with responsibility for running internal events and co-ordinating inward and outward missions working closely with DTI.

Veronica left the industry to join the telecommunication and broadcasting sector during the time OFCOM was formed and organised events, meetings both in the UK and overseas working closely with international regulators, broadcasting and telecommunications organisations promoting the industry.

Following an eight year gap Veronica returned to the nuclear industry when she re-joined NIA (rebranded from BNIF) as Head of Administration. Her responsibilities include office management, events and exports.

veronica.lekavicius@niauk.org
020 7766 6648

Nikki Powney

Member Relations & PA to Chief Executive

Nikki Powney joined the NIA in 1995 as a Junior Secretary and is now PA to the Chief Executive.

As well as her PA duties Nikki als...

Nikki Powney joined the NIA in 1995 as a Junior Secretary and is now PA to the Chief Executive.

As well as her PA duties Nikki als...

Nikki Powney joined the NIA in 1995 as a Junior Secretary and is now PA to the Chief Executive.

As well as her PA duties Nikki also helps with general administration duties as well as attending and helping with events.

More recently she has overseen the management of Member Relations and provided Secretariat duties to the Decommissioning Working Group. Nikki also co-ordinates the diary for our Chairman Lord Hutton.

nikki.powney@niauk.org
020 7766 6647

Sara Crane

PR & Media Manager

Sara joined the NIA as its PR & Media Manager in April 2014. Prior to this she has held press office positions within two other membe...

Sara joined the NIA as its PR & Media Manager in April 2014. Prior to this she has held press office positions within two other membe...

Sara joined the NIA as its PR & Media Manager in April 2014. Prior to this she has held press office positions within two other membership organisations, advising on strategy for traditional and new media, drafting articles and press releases as well as dealing with national, local and online press.

As PR & Media Manager, she leads on all aspects of communications for the NIA, including media relations, events and survey work. Sara is the Secretariat for the External Relations Steering Group and leads the NIA’s public engagement through the re:generation campaign.

sara.crane@niauk.org
020 7766 6646

Stephanie McKenna

Member Relations Manager

Stephanie joined the NIA in March 2007 as Membership & Events Officer and is now Member Relations Manager liaising with member compan...

Stephanie joined the NIA in March 2007 as Membership & Events Officer and is now Member Relations Manager liaising with member compan...

Stephanie joined the NIA in March 2007 as Membership & Events Officer and is now Member Relations Manager liaising with member companies to ensure they make best use of their membership.

Previously Stephanie worked for Metal Bulletin, a publishing company, where she was an Event Organiser for four years.

Stephanie is secretariat for the Decommissioning and Existing Generation group.

stephanie.mckenna@niauk.org
020 7766 6651

Dan Powney

Visual Communications Designer

Dan joined the NIA in April 2010 as an Administrator, quickly adapting to support the various areas of NIA work including events, members...

Dan joined the NIA in April 2010 as an Administrator, quickly adapting to support the various areas of NIA work including events, members...

Dan joined the NIA in April 2010 as an Administrator, quickly adapting to support the various areas of NIA work including events, membership and communications as well as taking responsibility for specialist projects such as the NIA Jobs Map, the SC@nuclear supply chain map and the membership trade directory.

He became increasingly involved with marketing the NIA brand and managing the websites to ensure all information and content was kept current and relevant. As a result he was appointed Website and Marketing Officer in November 2011. With this new role Dan took it upon himself to modernise the corporate branding and redesigned everything from the ground up including the company website which launched in May 2012.

He went on to manage the redesign of NIA publications, including Industry Link, the Capability Report, Essential Guide and Jobs Map. At the same time Dan trained in graphics programmes that allowed NIA to bring the production of all brand related materials in house. He now designs all NIA branded material, publications, infographics, briefing papers etc. as Visual Communications Designer.

Dan comes from an arts background, studying at Nottingham Trent University and the Kent Institute of Art & Design. His previous work experience includes sales and marketing positions with various specialist retailers as well as administration and recruitment with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in New York.

dan.powney@niauk.org
020 7766 6643

Rupert Lewis

Policy & Communications

Rupert joined the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) in January 2012 and he has held a series of roles at the organisation merging across...

Rupert joined the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) in January 2012 and he has held a series of roles at the organisation merging across...

Rupert joined the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) in January 2012 and he has held a series of roles at the organisation merging across communications, public affairs and now policy.

He leads the NIA’s new build business group and is responsible for a number of the company’s regular updates and briefings for members, journalists and the public. He is the Editor of Industry Link magazine and sits on the NIA’s External Relations Steering Group.

His work also stretches across the NIA’s social media work and he helps steer the company’s STEM outreach programme – re:generation.

Rupert is a graduate of Southampton University, having studied BA Geography.

rupert.lewis@niauk.org
020 7766 6642

Rachel Dowling

Government Affairs Officer

Rachel joined the NIA as its Public Affairs Executive in April 2014.

Prior to joining the NIA Rachel worked for Rt Hon Charles Hen...

Rachel joined the NIA as its Public Affairs Executive in April 2014.

Prior to joining the NIA Rachel worked for Rt Hon Charles Hen...

Rachel joined the NIA as its Public Affairs Executive in April 2014.

Prior to joining the NIA Rachel worked for Rt Hon Charles Hendry MP, former Energy Minister, for three and a half years as his Parliamentary Researcher.

As Public Affairs Executive, she leads on Parliamentary engagement and acts as the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy. She also work on various policy areas, including small modular reactors and plutonium management. More recently she has taken on the secretariat role for the Decommissioning Group and supports the Cybersecurity Group.

rachel.dowling@niauk.org
020 7766 6641

Stephen Tustin

Accountant (Part-time)

Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand; and joined the Nuclear Electricity Information Group (NEIG) as Accountant. Th...

Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand; and joined the Nuclear Electricity Information Group (NEIG) as Accountant. Th...

Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand; and joined the Nuclear Electricity Information Group (NEIG) as Accountant. This group later merged with the British Nuclear Forum and became the British Nuclear Industry Forum before changing to the Nuclear Industry Association in 2003.

The accountant’s function is a part-time role as the organisation is relatively small. Stephen spent six years as Financial Controller at the Council of Mortgage Lenders up to 2006 and now also looks after several other very small trade associations.

stephen.tustin@niauk.org
020 7766 6657

Sandra Evenden

Accounts Administrator

Sandra joined the Nuclear Industry Association 19 years ago and has worked alongside the Accountant dealing with daily accounting, managi...

Sandra joined the Nuclear Industry Association 19 years ago and has worked alongside the Accountant dealing with daily accounting, managi...

Sandra joined the Nuclear Industry Association 19 years ago and has worked alongside the Accountant dealing with daily accounting, managing the banking and day-to-day queries.

Sandra also assists with general administration duties as well as helping with events.

sandra.evenden@niauk.org
020 7766 6644

Become a member
Join over 260 other nuclear companies and as part of the NIA you’ll be able to:

Grow your business

You can meet the right people and grow your business through our extensive Business Group programme and our unique Trade Directory.

Keep up to date

Our members receive the most up to date information on industry developments through our regular newsletters and briefings and our special interest group mailings.

Save money

Attendance at our Business Group meetings is free for member companies and members also receive discounts to our flagship conferences as well as Industry Link, our quarterly magazine.

Have a voice

Being a member of the NIA gives you a voice in Westminster and the media as the NIA works to ensure your business can grow. You can contribute to our consultation responses and policy positions through involvement in our groups.