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U-Battery - Local Modular Energy

U-Battery team

Steve Threlfall
General Manager, U-Battery

Steve Threlfall is U-Battery’s General Manager and leads its development. During his thirty year career at Urenco, Steve has had increasing responsibility in a wide variety of commercially-focussed roles including leading the company’s uranium activities and a four-year secondment to Urenco’s US marketing office, now in Arlington, Virginia.

Laurent Odeh
Executive Director of New Business, Urenco

Laurent is responsible for the planning and delivery of the commercial strategy for Urenco group entities, including; Urenco Nuclear Stewardship, Urenco ChemPlants (UCP), Stable Isotopes, U-Battery and the Tails Management Facility (TMF).

Chris White
Director, Government Affairs, Urenco Limited

Chris White has responsibilities covering government affairs across the UK.

Chris’ specific focus is leading on government engagement and outreach activities, to optimise the Group’s standing and influence with external stakeholders, in support of the Group’s strategic and commercial objectives.

His previous experience includes serving as company secretary/head of legal at a utility company, and as an energy partner at two international law firms, based in the City of London.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Business Law from the University of Manchester, and is qualified as a Solicitor in the United Kingdom.

David Fletcher
Head of Business Development, Commercial

David Fletcher has served as Head of Business Development and a member of the Commercial Lead Team, since 2015, with responsibility for evolving Urenco’s core enrichment business and it’s interactions in all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Prior to joining Urenco, David has had over 20 years of business experience working as a strategy consultant, executive and entrepreneur in the energy and clean-tech sectors; including oil and gas, renewables and nuclear.

David holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Surrey and an MBA from London Business School.

Professor Tim Abram
Professor in Nuclear Fuel Technology, University of Manchester, Dalton Institute

Tim Abram joined the University in 2008 as the first holder of the Westinghouse Chair in Nuclear Fuel Technology.

Prior to this appointment he gained over 21 years’ experience in the nuclear fuels and research sectors, both in the UK and the USA. He has participated in over 15 European Framework research programmes in nuclear fuel and reactor technology, and is the UK’s representative on the IAEA Technical Group on Fast Reactors and Accelerator-Driven Systems.

He was co-author of the Fuels and Materials section of the GenerationIV Roadmap, and has actively participated in the programme since its inception in 2000, most recently as the Euratom representative and Co-Chair of the VHTR Project Management Board for Fuel and Fuel Cycle research.

Prior to joining the University, Prof. Abram was the Senior Research Fellow for Fuels and Reactor Systems at the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory, where he retains the position of Associate Fellow.

Andrew Bailey
Senior Operations Director Nuclear, Wood - Lead

Andrew Bailey is Senior Operations Director for Wood’s nuclear business, with a history of involvement in Gen IV nuclear programmes. He is also Chair of Wood’s Small Modular Reactor steering group.

Greg Willetts
Vice President Consultancy and Defence Nuclear, Wood

Greg Willetts has 25 years’ nuclear industry experience, 15 in business leadership positions providing technical consultancy to nuclear new build, reactor operations through to decommissioning in civil and defence nuclear across Europe. Greg is currently responsible for all aspects of Wood’s 450 strong consultancy business which provides expert advice, regulatory support and technology and innovation solutions utilising Wood’s extensive laboratory and test rig facilities.

Sean Donnelly
Manager, Station Operations and Licensing, Kinectrics

Sean Donnelly is a professional engineer and an experienced project manager, technical contributor and integrator in a wide variety of multi-disciplinary projects.

Sean is currently the Manager of Station Operations and Licensing at Kinectrics. His technical experience ranges across various specialities in the safety and licensing area with a focus on applications of operational nuclear safety, accident management, emergency preparedness, and nuclear security.

Sean has been involved in various new build programs and licensing activities related to plant life extension and refurbishment. He is responsible for Kinectrics's involvement in Small Modular Reactors in Canada.

Jonathan Brown
Managing Director, Energy Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders

Jonathan joined Cammell Laird in July 2016 to lead the Energy team, which provides engineering consultancy, component manufacture, module assembly and a logistics service throughout the Energy Sector.

Before joining Cammell Laird, Jonathan was President New Build and Projects and COO for Rolls-Royce Nuclear. He worked with Cammell Laird to develop new UK manufacturing capability and position the UK for, and then win significant business in nuclear projects.

Before that Jonathan held a number of positions in the nuclear industry, including Infrastructure Director for AWE plc and Commissioning Manager for major projects at Sellafield, and, from 2007, worked for Serco plc in a number of roles, latterly as Managing Director Energy. Jonathan is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Institute of Directors.

John Eldridge
Principal Engineer (Nuclear), Cammell Laird

John Eldridge is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with over 40 years experience in the nuclear industry covering research and power reactors, irradiated fuel processing, fuel storage and waste treatment plants. His experience covers design, construction, commissioning and operation of major facilities at Sellafield and other sites in the UK and overseas.

In March 2014, John joined Cammell Laird as Principal Engineer (Nuclear) after being employed for many years by Sellafield Ltd in a number of senior engineering and production roles. John is actively involved in the IMechE, facilitating selection panels for prospective corporate members and is a Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool.

John Roberts
Civil Director – Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O’Rourke

John Roberts is the Civil Innovation Director in Laing O’Rourke’s Engineering Excellence Group. His team focuses on the Infrastructure sectors of Power, Water and Rail, developing new products and digital strategies supporting offsite manufacture, assisting the deployment of these into projects, and collaborating with academia and other partners. John is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of their BIM Action Group.

Previously, John has 30 years’ experience as design leader at Arup and Atkins, and has been based in the UK, US, India and China. Projects range from furniture, through offices and retractable roofed stadia and into, most recently, rail stations and Class 2 nuclear defence design and construction.

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