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Cavendish Nuclear employees recognised at Women in Nuclear Awards

31 January 2019

Two Cavendish Nuclear employees have received recognition for going above and beyond to promote gender balance and diversity across the nuclear sector at this year’s Women in Nuclear (WIN) conference on 30 January.

Molly Bennett, Commercial Graduate won the ‘Champion of the Year’ category, which recognised her work in championing quality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) initiatives within Cavendish Nuclear. Her drive to champion and promote gender balance and make tangible change has inspired and generated an entire community of people who now want to follow her lead and be a part of changing the stereotypical attitudes that still exist in today’s world.

Molly said:

“Winning the ‘Champion of the Year’ award is not only an achievement for myself and the different work I’ve completed over the last year, but most of all its a testament to everything that Cavendish Nuclear is doing as a company. Cavendish recognises that increasing and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do to ensure one inclusive culture, but that it also makes good business and commercial sense. I’ve been with the company for just over 2 years now and I believe that there has been a visible step change in this area. I am really looking forward to the future to see what more we can achieve together.”

Phil Craig, former Managing Director of Dounreay and Cavendish Nuclear employee, secured the Ally of the Year award and Molly Bennett, Commercial Graduate, won the Champion of the Year award.

Phil was the first Managing Director of a Site Licence Company to sign the Women in Nuclear UK pledge, committing the time and resources required to make a difference at site level. During his time at Dounreay, once a fast reactor research site and now one of Europe’s most complex decommissioning projects, he put people at the centre of the company’s mission by leading, championing and mentoring others to affect change. This was achieved whilst delivering major complex projects of strategic national importance and achieving a 90% improvement in the Dounreay site’s safety record.

Phil said:

“It’s a real honour to have been nominated for a Women in Nuclear award. For me it means that we are being recognised for putting people at the centre of our business.

“That mentality, and commitment, bodes well for the long term. I’m incredibly proud of all of the work that has been undertaken at Dounreay during my time there, specifically in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion.

“All of this work and the reason for this nomination is because of the effort and commitment of the site staff, who are committed to delivering the mission but also to making a difference in the people agenda. To have been part of that journey and to be recognised by them is the most humbling part of all”.

Notes to Editors

Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group, is the UK’s leading nuclear services company with a growing international presence.
With a highly-skilled workforce, we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we are located at offices and sites in the UK as well as internationally.
We are licensed to operate thirteen nuclear sites in the UK; whilst also supporting other nuclear companies in the lifetime extensions of their fleet, and on delivery of new build nuclear power plants.

The breadth of our expertise means we are able to innovate to make nuclear safer, faster, at lower cost and deliver across all aspects of the nuclear energy life cycle, from design and build, through operations and maintenance, to decommissioning, waste management and remediation.