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Research Sites Restoration Limited (RSRL), Harwell Assessment of RSRL's management of the organisational changes associated with transition to a new parent body organisation

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This intervention was one of a series of interventions to assess Research Site Restoration Limited's (RSRL) management of the organisational changes associated with transition to a new parent body organisation. It forms part of ONR's Assessment Plan for Magnox and Restoration Sites 2014/5.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The specific topics covered by the intervention were:

The basis for my intervention was Licence Condition 36 (Organisational Capability) and the associated ONR technical assessment guide NS-TAST-GD-048.

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

RSRL advised me that the organisational changes associated with its transition to a new parent body organisation constitute the 'minimum' case identified in its management of change proposal, ie no new parent body organisation secondees. However the need has subsequently arisen for RSRL to make changes to its management structure to provide better alignment with the preferred bidder's forward strategy. RSRL has prepared a draft management of change proposal to this effect on which I provided some initial comments. I requested RSRL to present this to ONR prior to its implementation as part of share transfer on 1 September 2014.

I was satisfied with the role of RSRL's internal assurance team and non-executive directors in providing independent assurance of the management of the transition, which includes periodic readiness reviews. I advised RSRL that I would expect the third readiness review (due in July 2014) to review the transition risks and the adequacy of their control.

I was satisfied with RSRL's process for assuring the competence of the parent body secondees was appropriate, comprising evaluations by RSRL's Assurance Director overseen by a non-executive director. I was also satisfied that RSRL had fulfilled its commitment to update its nuclear baseline statements and associated procedure in accordance with current industry good practice and ONR expectations.

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall I found that RSRL was managing the transition to a new parent body organisation satisfactorily, in accordance with its management of change commitments. I will continue with planned activity to assess RSRL's next readiness review and follow-up on the additional management of change proposal it is developing.