Programme Management Office

The Programme Management Office (PMO) reports to the Programme Board and is responsible for the support towards all aspects of the Nuclear Sector Deal. Through independently monitoring and reporting on the Working Groups progress, the PMO facilitates the PB’s decision making and support the management of risks through providing transparent and timely progress data.

The PMO has five primary objectives:

  1. Deliver an integrated performance and risk dashboard, delivery programme with regular reviews
  2. Identify and manage strategic dependencies
  3. Communicate and engage with key stakeholder groups
  4. Support the delivery and integration of the NSD Working Groups
  5. Ensure transparency and traceability – provide independent information though a single source of the truth

The Nuclear Sector Deal PMO is led by Jay Bhart, PMO Director.

New Build Cost Reduction

The Nuclear Sector Deal New Build Cost Reduction Working Group was created to identify how the commitment to deliver a 30% reduction in the cost to the consumer of new nuclear build compared to Hinkley Point C will be delivered.

To identify the specific actions required to deliver this commitment, a project assessment tool has been developed to allow a robust risk assessment of individual projects, focused on the key enablers of cost and risk reduction.

The Nuclear Sector Deal New Build Cost Reduction Working Group is led by Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson of EDF Energy.

Legacy Cost Reduction

The Legacy Cost Reduction Working Group was created to consider how the commitment to reduce decommissioning costs by 20% could be achieved. This groups focuses on identifying and facilitating changes in the nuclear sector to enable more cost effective delivery of decommissioning and waste management activities across UK.

The Nuclear Sector Deal Legacy Cost Reduction Working Group is led by Simon Bowen of Babcock International.

Winning UK Business

The primary objective of the Winning UK Business Working Group is to build UK capability and capacity to secure up to £2bn of contract wins by 2030. It focus on supporting businesses at a regional and national level to develop capabilities to capture a greater share of domestic and international markets. It also looks at how Government policies and strategies can be developed to support the sector, UK exports and inward investment – such as through the “Whole of Government” commitment set out in the Nuclear Sector Deal.

The group works closely with the Innovation and R&D Working Group and its initiatives are aligned with activities undertaken in other groups across the sector e.g. the NIRAB International Group, DIT Campaign Groups, among others.

The Nuclear Sector Deal Winning UK Business Working Group is led by Andy Storer of Nuclear AMRC.

Future Workforce

The Future Workforce Working Group (also known as the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group, NSSG)  is the lead strategic skills forum representing the nuclear industry’s skills demands in the UK. Its purpose is to secure the required supply of suitably qualified and competent personnel for the current and future needs of the UK’s nuclear sector by providing the strategic direction on skills infrastructure, processes and training provision. .  Its focus is on the current and future workforce required for the civil and defence nuclear sectors, and includes skills required for the full lifecycle, ie from construction to decommissioning, as well and research, development and innovation required.

Among its responsibilities are:

  • Develop a long-term Skills Strategic Plan for the nuclear sector
  • Provide leadership, direction, focus and priorities to bodies and associations in the skills system
  • Encourage collaboration and learning within the sector and the adoption of best practice in developing the workforce
  • Maximise regional economic benefit of nuclear renaissance and ensure alignment between national and regional skills strategies
  • Increase workforce diversity by attracting/retaining individuals from a range of backgrounds.
  • Maximise diversity of thought by bringing people in from other sectors to improve productivity/contribute to cost reduction/improve safety.
  • Develop new capabilities required for future nuclear technologies and healthy pipeline of subject matter experts.
  • Ensure training provision meets the needs of the industry to efficiently develop the current and future workforce.

The Nuclear Sector Deal Future Workforce Working Group is led by Corhyn Parr, NDA Director and Chair of the NSSG.

Innovation and R&D

The primary responsibility of the Innovation and R&D Working Group is to establish a strategic direction and associated implementation plan to drive the innovation activities required to meet the nuclear industrial strategy and associated nuclear sector deal targets. The outcomes delivered by this group will enable the sector to understand, develop and deliver tangible and measurable innovations in a more successful, coordinated and consistent manner.

Innovation and R&D initiatives will be measured through both achieving the targets of the other working groups and visible and tangible delivery of innovation across the sector, and will be delivered under these four areas:

  • Commerce (n.b. transforming decision making on nuclear to focus on economic targets and energy market need)
  • Technology (n.b. driving technology innovation to ensure nuclear plays a significant role in net zero)
  • Process (n.b. enabling solution led innovation through novel delivery methods across the sector)
  • Culture (n.b. embedding an innovation mindset to drive successful programmes)

The Nuclear Sector Deal Innovation and R&D Working Group is led by Fiona Rayment; Executive Director of the Nuclear Innovation and Research Office, National Nuclear Laboratory.