The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has announced the appointment of Mark Foy as Acting Chief Nuclear Inspector (CNI) to succeed Dr Richard Savage who is stepping down after two years in the role for family reasons.
Mark Foy, who will lead ONR’s regulatory activity, has 15 years’ experience with the UK nuclear regulator, most recently as Deputy Chief Inspector and Director of Operating Facilities. Prior to joining the ONR, he had a further 15 years’ experience in the defence and civil nuclear sectors. His appointment will be effective from 30 October 2017.
The process to recruit a permanent Chief Nuclear Inspector will begin immediately with a view to an appointment being made by late 2017 subject to ministerial approval.
ONR Chair, Nick Baldwin CBE, said:
“I am pleased to appoint Mark Foy as Acting Chief Nuclear Inspector. Mark will provide continuity and stability at a challenging time for ONR and the nuclear industry. He brings to the role a wealth of technical and regulatory knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable as we respond to increasing demands arising from new nuclear build and the decision in June 2016 to leave the European Union, whilst continuing to manage legacy issues.
“On behalf of the ONR Board I also want to thank Richard Savage for his valued service and, in particular, for his personal contribution to modernising regulation whilst upholding the high standards of safety and security we expect from the UK nuclear industry. I know he has taken this decision with much reluctance and the Board respects his decision to create more balance between his family life and work. We wish him well for the future”.
ONR Chief Executive, Adriènne Kelbie, said:
“I will miss working with Richard on a personal level but I am confident that Mark Foy will offer the senior-level continuity that we require during this interim period. His professional expertise spans the nuclear lifecycle from design and commissioning through to operation and decommissioning. The role of Chief Nuclear Inspector is essential in ensuring our continued effectiveness as a world class regulator.”