Wednesday, May 1, 2013

News: Nuclear AMRC appoints chief exec


Mike Tynan, the current chief executive of nuclear power company, Westinghouse UK, will join The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) as chief executive.

The Nuclear AMRC on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners led by Rolls-Royce. It provides a focal point for the bulk of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry supply chain, meeting a key government milestone by ensuring that manufacturers in the UK have the capability and capacity required to compete for nuclear new build in the UK and globally, from skills training to research and development.

Part of the government's High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the centre helps to develop capability and competitiveness through process manufacturing innovation and R&D, driving up quality and reducing cost. It was established in 2009 and initial support was followed by additional investment of £37.1m in 2012.

Taking up his new role in the summer, Tynan will ensure that the centre continues to provide real value to manufacturers, and helps them secure work in the UK and worldwide.

Mike Tynan, in-coming chief executive of the Nuclear AMRC, said: "I am delighted and extremely proud to be joining the team at the University of Sheffield and the Nuclear AMRC. The University is a pioneer of advanced manufacturing and Professor Keith Ridgway has done an outstanding job of positioning the Nuclear AMRC to support the UK nuclear industry. I am looking forward to working with Professor Ridgway and the team at the Nuclear AMRC to help them build on their tremendous work to date."

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, programme director for the Nuclear AMRC, added: "We're delighted to welcome Mike to the Nuclear AMRC. As one of the most experienced and respected figures in the UK nuclear industry, he will take the centre to the next level, placing us squarely at the heart of the civil nuclear manufacturing industry in the UK and worldwide."

As chief executive for Toshiba Corporation's Westinghouse UK Ltd, Tynan led the integration of Westinghouse business interests for new nuclear plant, fuel and services in the UK. He also led the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) effort for the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor, and has been part of the Westinghouse European, Middle East and Africa regional executive for the past three years.

Tynan joined Westinghouse in 2005, having previously held senior positions at a number of UK nuclear sites, including Sellafield. He also serves as a director at the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and sits on the board of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon, said: "This is a very welcome appointment. Mike Tynan has a huge amount of experience in the UK nuclear industry and brings a real depth of knowledge to the role. Mike's background and CV mean he is ideally placed to work with manufacturers as they look to enhance their capability and competitiveness."

Nuclear AMRC website

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