Office for Nuclear Regulation

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New Executive Director appointed

26 February, 2021

Donald Urquhart

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Donald Urquhart BSc MSc MBA MSRP CRadP to the newly-created role of Executive Director of Operations, which will form part of our new leadership structure.

As Executive Director of Operations, Donald will be responsible for leading our regulatory work. This includes oversight and assurance of all regulatory decisions, and leading our Regulatory Directorate and its substituent divisions in delivering ONR’s statutory purposes.

Donald will become an executive member of our Board, and begins handover planning shortly, to support a smooth and effective transition into our new structure by 1 June 2021. A process to replace Donald in his current role as Director of ONR’s Operating Facilities Division is currently underway, and the outcome will be announced as soon as possible.

About Donald:

Donald has worked at ONR for over ten years in various roles, most recently as Deputy Chief Nuclear Inspector leading our Operating Facilities division. He has more than 30 years’ experience across the nuclear industry, and has held a range of senior leadership positions across civil and defence nuclear sectors as an operator, organisational leader and as a nuclear safety regulator. During his time with ONR, he has successfully led and delivered a range of major projects, including organisational change.