U-Battery - Local Modular Energy

U-Battery team

Paul Harding

Paul is an advisor to the senior management of URENCO with a focus to advance the demonstration and commercialisation of Small Modular Reactors. Previously, Paul has been the Executive Commercial Director of the URENCO Group and Managing Director of URENCO UK.

Steve Threlfall
General Manager, U-Battery

Steve Threlfall is the URENCO lead for U-Battery, a position he has held since September 2013. 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.

Ross Murison
Engineering Design Manager, URENCO U-Battery

Ross Murison's role within the U-Battery team involves working with the project’s various industrial partners to co-ordinate and develop the U-Battery concept design. This role follows an intensive introduction to the nuclear industry, including the receipt of multiple industry honours, such as Finalist for NSAN’s Graduate of the Year.

Ross has previously held roles within Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear, Fuel and Reactor Systems at Magnox Wylfa, and Research Sites Restoration Limited’s Strategic Supply Chain Management team. Ross studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Tech in the USA.

Andrew Bailey
Senior Operations Director, Clean Energy Europe, Amec Foster Wheeler - Lead

Andrew Bailey is Senior Operations Director for Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy Europe division, with a history of involvement in Gen IV nuclear programmes. He is also Chair of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Small Modular Reactor steering group. 

Greg Willetts
Vice President Consultancy, Clean Energy Europe, Amec Foster Wheeler

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 Amec Foster Wheeler’s 450 strong Consultancy business which provides expert advice, regulatory support and Technology & Innovation solutions utilising the Amec Foster Wheeler extensive laboratory and test rig facilities.

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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