Meet the RadEcol Team
Dr Adrian Punt is a Certified Radioactive Waste Adviser and Chartered Radiation Protection Professional with 20 years’ experience in consultancy and research. He has worked with the nuclear industry and associated regulators since the late 1990’s in areas of radioactive waste management arrangements, offsite radiological impact assessment, and provision of expert advisory services and production of technical reports. These services encompass both proposal development and project delivery. His experience includes work for URENCO, Sellafield Ltd, Magnox Ltd, new build operators, the environmental regulators and a number of major organisations and includes support on two multi-billion pound nuclear industry tenders.
Dr Karen Smith is a trained ecotoxicologist and specialist in the assessment of radiological impact on non-human biota with 19 years’ experience in consultancy and research. She has worked with a broad spectrum of international and UK radioactive waste management organisations, government agencies and regulators, specialising in assessing the impact of ionising radiation and other contaminants on plant and animal species in a marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. Her experience includes work for RWM in the UK and internationally for Posiva (Finland), SKB and SSM (Sweden), NRPA (Norway), Andra (France) NWMO (Canada) and NUMO (Japan).
Dr Graham Smith has over 30 years’ involvement of radiological protection activities in operational health physics and environmental assessment. He works with clients in the UK, Europe, the Russian Federation, North America, Korea and Japan and is a consultant to organisations such as the EU, IAEA and NRPA in addition to other users of radioactive material and associated regulators. He has provided Quantitative impact and risk assessment for accidental releases, planned effluent discharges, and disposal of, solid liquid and gaseous radioactive, chemo-toxic and mixed hazardous wastes with a focus on risk management in relation to the needs of security, safety and environmental protection.
Dr Rob Watts specialises in data analysis, information management and GIS data manipulation, numerical modelling, VBA development, project design, team motivation, budget management, teaching and staff training. He has developed effluent modelling and waste tracking and solid waste inventory management tools, work that includes support to Magnox Ltd and URENCO UK Ltd. He has also supported international government departments, local government and multiple commercial organisations, including UK oil and gas industry decommissioning activities in waste data management planning and delivery.
Dr Rhiannon George has 11 years’ experience in environmental radioactivity and radioactive waste management consultancy. She has been involved in the interpretation of data from a range of radioactive environmental media, and has provided regulatory support to a number of organisations for a range of environmental assessments. Specific experience includes environmental monitoring programme and Article 37 assessment for the LLWR; support to land dedesignation cases under the Energy Act; support for EPR10 permits, BAT assessments for both radioactive and non-radioactive wastes and discharges establishment and maintenance of a QMS to ISO 9001:2008 standards.
With over 25 years’ experience in a broad range of executive roles in portfolio, programme, commercial and technical management, Nigel has built up a unique insight and deep understanding of the UK Nuclear Industry and its current and future opportunities and challenges.
Nigel is a strategic thinker with a track record in implementing and driving transformational change. He created and implemented the Magnox Optimised Decommissioning Plan (MODP) a revolutionary new programme for Magnox which has reduced NDA liability by £1.3bn. Nigel has extensive experience in managing client supplier relationships both from the supplier and client perspectives.
Dr Mike Wood (CRadP MSRP) is a Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University of Salford. An internationally-recognised radioecologist, he has worked for over a decade on the prediction of radionuclide transfer within ecosystems and estimating radiation exposure of wildlife. He is currently leading a 5-year research programme in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, with a specific focus on wildlife dosimetry. He has played key roles in various international expert groups on radioecology and environmental modelling including IAEA Working Groups, EC initiatives the International Union of Radioecology. He also has many years’ experience of delivering consultancy services to both industry and regulators.
Steve Filkin is an accomplished professional with many years’ varied environmental management and technical experience gained in industrial and consultancy roles. He has developed integrated waste solutions that balance business considerations with the resolution of multi-faceted environmental problems. He possesses specialist waste management skills and has contributed to the development of waste management strategy for two major overseas oil and gas-field projects. In addition, Steve has worked on projects ranging from waste permitting applications, BAT/BPEO appraisals, PPC waste minimisation and EMS implementation.
Dr Mike Thorne has been involved in radiological protection for 40 years. He is a former member of Committee 2 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection and a former Scientific Secretary to the Commission. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Society for Radiological Protection, a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia and a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Radiological Protection and a member of the UK National Dose Assessment Working Group, as well as being a former chairman of its Habits Subgroup.
Dr David Copplestone has over 20 years’ experience studying the behaviour, effects and fate of radionuclides in the environment. He led the development of the Environment Agency’s approach to wildlife risk assessment from ionising radiation and is a member of the ICRP’s Committee 5 which is responsible for developing the ICRP framework for environmental protection. He is also the chair of the International Union of Radioecology Task Group on Radiological Protection of the Environment; a member of the core group which has drafted an IAEA handbook on radionuclide transfer parameters to wildlife; and Secretary to the UK’s Co-ordinating Group on Environmental Radioactivity.
Dr Bryony Turner (was Cunningham) is an experienced project manager specialising in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) with technical expertise in socio-economics, sustainability and climate change. She has over 17 years of experience working on a range of projects from town centre regeneration, wind farms, energy infrastructure, nuclear projects, road and waste facilities including a number of nationally significant infrastructure projects. Her experience includes health assessment, equality impact assessment, resettlement planning, skills and workforce assessments. She has also undertaken life cycle assessment, water and carbon footprints for a variety of clients within the nuclear sector through to major food and drink manufacturers.
Jeff Eyman has 20 years’ experience in providing marketing, business development, and proposal preparation solutions to multi-billion pound / dollar proposals. This has included provision of subject matter expertise, schedule development, estimating, and strategic planning and responsibilities for proposal production operations, including graphics production, desktop publishing and final print production. In the UK his experience includes the Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and Magnox Ltd plus Research Site Restoration Ltd Parent Body Organisation bids. In the US it includes major DoE procurements including Argonne National Lab M&O, Savannah River Site M&O, Hanford PRC, DUF6 Operations, Portsmouth D&D, and the ETTP Contract.
Russell Viers is an expert in effective print production and publishing workflow delivery and print design and publishing software such as Quark Xpress and Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat. Since 1997 he has helped newspapers and magazines adapt to changes in the industry and he has adapted the latest production and publishing approaches for major bids including the recent Magnox Ltd plus Research Site Restoration Ltd Parent Body Organisation bid. Russell is also an Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator and a highly sought-after technical speaker/trainer worldwide.
Ari Ikonen is a biosphere assessment specialist providing scientific and technical support in environmental research, modelling and safety case (biosphere, human and non-human biota dose assessments) development associated with geological disposal of radioactive waste. This includes technical authorship, project and programme planning and management and independent expert review. Ari worked formerly in Posiva Oy, the Finnish company responsible for final disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Olkiluoto and between 2001-2013 was responsible of Posiva’s biosphere assessment including characterisation and monitoring of the surface environment. He has also actively participated in the BIOPROTA forum and other international co-operation projects.