Lecture: Career Prospects in the UK Nuclear Technology Sector
Elisabeth Cooke, Chief Process Engineer at Sellafield Ltd, and Heather Beaumont, Head of Profession for Physics at Wood Plc, both with more than 20 years experience in the nuclear sector, will deliver a 45-min lecture starting with an introduction to the UK nuclear industry landscape, followed by career prospects for physics and chemical engineering students. The talk will be followed by a 15-min Q&A session on career advice.
Coffee/tea and biscuits will be provided courtesy of the IOP. The event is free, but please book your place to avoid disappointment as maximum attendance is 30. All welcome!
The event is organised by Dr Theodoros Papadopoulos, University of Chester, and is gratefully supported via the IOP North Wales and Cheshire Centre.
Short biography of the speakers
Elisabeth Cooke is Chief Process Engineer for Engineering Design with Sellafield Ltd. She has over 20 years’ experience within the UK nuclear industry and is a chartered Chemical Engineer and Fellow of the IChemE. She graduated with a MEng in Chemical Engineering and European Studies from Aston University and has worked in a variety of Engineering, Technical and Strategy roles across the Sellafield site supporting Decommissioning and clean-up projects, supporting the sites’ remediation mission. Her role as Head of Profession for Process Engineering includes responsibility for a very successful Industrial Placement and Graduate scheme which has helped many graduates achieve chartered status with the IChemE.
Heather Beaumont is the Head of Profession for Physics, Waste and Environment in Wood’s Nuclear Business and the Technical Manager of Wood’s Nuclear Graduate Training scheme. She is a Chartered Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics with over 28 years of experience in the nuclear industry. She has worked on a wide range of physics topics and different reactor types including AGR, LWR, and advanced reactor systems including Fast Reactors and High Temperature Reactors. For many years she managed a large multi-disciplinary team working on a range of physics and safety related topics. In her current role, alongside technical management of customer facing projects, she provides functional leadership across the whole of the physics discipline including supporting staff career development within the capability group. She is actively involved with IOP, she was a founder member of, and currently chairs the IOP Nuclear Industry Group. Her involvement with IOP also includes acting as a panelist for assessing Chartered Physicist applications.
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