Dawn James, currently Vice President for Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business, has come a long way since beginning her career as an apprentice with Williams Fairey Engineering.
My apprenticeship in mechanical engineering led me to joining PWR Power Projects, where I progressed into a Responsible Engineer role working on the construction of Sizewell B. I moved to WasteChem (now Nuvia), working on the project management of decommissioning projects at Dounreay, Sellafield and Sizewell A.
For the past 17 years I’ve worked for Amec Foster Wheeler (formerly NNC and AMEC), where I have led businesses involved in both decommissioning and nuclear operations. During this time I completed a two and a half year secondment into the Nuclear Management Partners PBO at Sellafield as the Engineering Director.
I’m currently Vice President for Clean Energy’s New Nuclear and Generation Services business and am responsible for over 500 engineers, scientists, consultants, safety case specialists and project managers supporting the civil nuclear sector and new nuclear developers and investors in UK, France Romania and South Africa’s civil nuclear power and defence industries.
My experience of leadership roles in both customer and contractor organisations means I have a comprehensive understanding of both the opportunities and challenges facing the nuclear industry.
This is such an exciting sector to work in and I would strongly encourage students considering an apprenticeship in engineering to consider the nuclear sector.