New MD to lead closure at Harwell and Winfrith
June 1, 2012
Babcock has appointed Tony Wratten as the new Managing Director at its subsidiary Research Sites Restoration Ltd (RSRL), the Site Licence Company (SLC) responsible for the decommissioning and closure programme at Harwell and Winfrith, operating under contract to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Tony Wratten took up his new role fully from the end of May, following a six week transition period working alongside former MD Alan Neal who will now be undertaking another role within Babcock.
Tony has a strong background and extensive experience in the nuclear industry. Having qualified as a chemical engineer his first role on graduating was as a commissioning engineer with Babcock. He subsequently worked at Aldermaston in various waste management related roles, followed by a civil service role providing technical advice to government ministers.
Tony joined the UKAEA (subsequently acquired by Babcock in 2009) in 1991 based at Harwell, heading a team managing research, development and strategy programmes related to decommissioning and waste management, before moving to Dounreay in the late 1990s, where he held a variety of positions, including managing the fuel cycle and fast reactor decommissioning programmes, before taking up the post of Director of Assurance for five years, and most recently as Deputy Managing Director at Dounreay.
Speaking about his new appointment, Tony said: “I am delighted and very much looking forward to my new role. I have been using the transition period to get a good understanding of the sites and the current issues, and to talk to the staff. I now look forward to heading this highly professional and dedicated team in its role in managing the decommissioning and closure programme at both Harwell and Winfrith.”
Babcock Key Account Director NDA Tony Moore said: “The good work from the Babcock and RSRL teams over the last 12 months or so has resulted in some significant reductions, over £200 million, in the overall life time costs for the combined Harwell and Winfrith sites. Tony brings a wealth of experience from Dounreay in terms of delivery performance, cost optimisation and the management of health and safety. We want to build on the good work that has already been done at RSRL so that we can take it to the next level, and Tony has all the credentials to lead the RSRL team to achieve this.”
For more information please contact Angela Vincent, RSRL Communications Manager