NSAN can confirm today that Jo Tipa, Managing Director, has decided that it’s time to retire after a successful 40-year career.

To ensure a seamless transition, NSAN is delighted to announce that Tricia Austin, Head of Business Development has been appointed by the Board to take up the role of Managing Director.  The change will take place at the end of May 2023.

Tricia has worked in various positions across the nuclear industry for over 25 years, and has become a well-known and respected key figure on the skills for nuclear agenda since 2007. Tricia has an excellent reputation for effective relationship building, delivering on projects and leading effective teams.

With full responsibility for the leadership and business development of NSAN, Tricia will play a key role in meeting the needs of members and ensuring NSAN’s position as the go-to-place for skills for nuclear.

Jo Tipa will retire after 16 years with NSAN, having taken up the Managing Director’s position in 2017. A proven leader, Jo’s passion for NSAN, developing people and building successful teams will leave a lasting legacy.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Jo Tipa said:

“While I am sad to be leaving NSAN, it is time to start a new chapter in my life and retire.  I am delighted to be leaving NSAN in Tricia’s very capable hands.  Tricia has been a keystone of NSAN since 2007, leading some of our most significant projects and helping to shape the flexible, dynamic industry focussed organisation that NSAN is today.

“I have had an amazing journey with NSAN, and I am incredibly proud to have been its Managing Director. I would like to thank the NSAN team and colleagues from across the industry that I have worked with over the years who have been part of the success that is NSAN.  I wish Tricia and the team all the very best for the future.”

Tricia Austin commented,

“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead such a strong team of highly dedicated people who are specialists in skills for nuclear.  NSAN has a tremendous opportunity to grow further, building on our strong business values and customer focussed delivery.  We will continue on our journey to support the sector in successfully addressing its recruitment, people and skills strategies.

“It has been a great pleasure to work with Jo Tipa over the last 16 years.  Jo’s relentless focus on understanding and meeting the needs of our members has truly become central to who we are as a business.  On behalf of the team and myself we would like to wish Jo the very best in her retirement.”

Colin Reed, Independent Chair of the NSAN commented:

“Jo’s retirement will mark the end of a remarkable career with NSAN. Under her leadership, NSAN has made critical changes to its strategy, structure and organisation that position it strongly for success. This work will continue under Tricia, and we thank Jo wholeheartedly for her leadership and contribution to NSAN.

Tricia’s incredibly strong knowledge and experience will be vital as NSAN continues our ambitious plans to grow and develop skills solutions for the UK nuclear industry.”