Ivan Baldwin, Bechtel’s Head of UK Nuclear Market, has become WiN UK’s new President, as Lynsey Valentine, from Cavendish Nuclear, stands down.
At the same time, Dr Fiona Rayment OBE, NNL’s Chief Science and Technology Officer, becomes Patron of WiN UK, taking over from David Peattie, CEO of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, who concludes his two-year term.
The combined knowledge, insight and expertise of Mr Baldwin and Dr Rayment OBE will be central as WiN UK progresses with its strategic approach to driving the sector closer to 40% female workforce by 2030.
Ivan Baldwin, WiN UK’s new President, said:
“Achieving gender balance is a societal challenge. Everyone needs to play a part. I’m so proud to be able to play a significant part as WiN UK’s President.
“I firmly believe that men, who currently make up 80% of the UK’s nuclear workforce, need to step up to help achieve WiN UK’s mission. Together, we can expand the talent pool and build diversity at all levels within nuclear companies.
“As our sector expands, there’s no doubt that we need to recruit more of the fantastically capable women who want to work with us. In partnership with other initiatives, we will be reaching out to employers, schools, universities, and individuals to help women progress in our industry.
“My aim is to provide a platform to showcase the many brilliant women we have in various fascinating roles across the UK’s nuclear sector, particularly at a time when the UK Government sees an ever-increasing role for new nuclear as part of its Energy Policy going forward.
“I’m hugely grateful to former President, Lynsey Valentine, for all her hard work over the past 2 years. Lynsey has transformed WiN UK into a refreshed, successful not-for-profit company with boosted membership and a strategic direction that is being carried forward by energetic volunteers across the regions.
“I also feel privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside WiN UK’s new Patron, Dr Fiona Rayment, whose impressive nuclear career has taken her around the world and led to a well-deserved OBE in recognition of her services to nuclear research and innovation.”
Dr Fiona Rayment OBE, new WiN UK Patron, said:
“I’m thrilled to take up this role as WiN UK’s Patron, working alongside Ivan, at a time when a diverse and inclusive workforce is vital to the industry’s success and growth. There are so many exciting career opportunities for women in nuclear.”
David Peattie, former WiN UK Patron, said:
“I have felt honoured to support WiN UK’s valuable work over the past 2 years. I’m sure WiN UK will continue to build positive relationships with businesses, members, and other initiatives, to address any barriers faced by women joining and progressing in our sector.
“Moving forward, Dr Fiona Rayment’s phenomenal accomplishments make her ideally placed to carry on championing this important activity to retain and develop diversity within the talent pipeline.”
Lynsey Valentine, WiN UK’s former President, said:
“I’m very grateful, on behalf of the WiN UK membership, for the valuable advocacy from David Peattie, as our Patron, over the past two years.
“As WiN UK moves forward, I feel assured that its leadership is in expert hands. Ivan and Fiona are both outstanding in their field and passionate about the mission to improve gender balance. I look forward to seeing WiN UK go from strength to strength under their formidable leadership.”
Issued by Zoe Young, WiN UK Communications Lead on behalf on WiN UK Executive Committee. For more information contact [email protected]
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