The Nuclear Industry Association has appointed a former Scottish Labour MP as its new chief executive.
Tom Greatrex was formerly the Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West and as shadow Energy Minister in the last Parliament, he was the Opposition’s lead spokesman on nuclear energy as well as a member of the Energy Select Committee.
He is taking over from Keith Parker, who held the post for more than a decade.
The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 260 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies.
Lord John Hutton (also a former Labour MP) Nuclear Industry Association Chairman, said: “Through a rigorous appointments process we know Tom will bring a detailed knowledge of the industry and strong leadership to the nuclear sector at a pivotal time in the UK. We look forward to working with him.”
Keith Parker, outgoing Chief Executive of the NIA welcomed Tom to the role: “This is an exciting time to join the nuclear sector, as the new build programme moves forward at pace, the current fleet see life extensions and decommissioning reaches key milestones. The NIA, as the voice of the sector, needs robust and effective leadership to represent the interests of its member companies and argue the case for nuclear as an essential part of the UK’s low-carbon mix.”
Commenting on his appointment, Tom Greatrex said: “Nuclear power is an integral part of a secure low carbon energy mix and, as the COP21 negotiations in Paris demonstrated, will have a key part to play in reducing global carbon emissions in the future.
“Providing thousands of high quality, skilled jobs in all parts of the country and with internationally recognised industrial and academic expertise, there are significant opportunities for our civil nuclear industry in the UK and around the world.”