The ONR Board's role is to provide leadership, set strategy, agree the overarching policy framework within which ONR operates as a regulator, agree and monitor resources and performance and ensure good governance. The Board is chaired by Nick Baldwin under the terms of ONR's framework document. ONR's corporate governance structure is set out in the corporate governance document.
Nick was, until July 2002, the chief executive of Powergen, having joined the firm in 1989 and having held a series of board-level and senior management positions.
Prior to taking up the role of Interim Chair of ONR (2011 - 2014), he was a non-executive director of Scottish and Southern Energy and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. On 1 April 2014, ONR vested as a Public Corporation and Nick was appointed as its Chair for 5 years; Nick will continue to represent ONR on the HSE Board.
Nick is a non-executive Board member of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.
He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Member of the Institute of Energy.
Jonathan Baume was until recently General Secretary and Chief Executive of the FDA, a trade union and professional organisation representing senior public sector managers. He is currently one of eleven Civil Service Commissioners and a member of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), Council representing employee interests. He has held a number of lay and representative posts in the trade union movement in a career spanning almost 40 years, including a role at the TUC in policy development on employment law and diversity.
Steve Bundred is also chair of the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee. His previous non-executive roles have included chairmanship of Monitor, the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, and of the Higher Education Regulation Review Group. He has also held several other ministerial appointments and was Deputy Pro-Chancellor of City University until 2009. He is an accountant by profession and has been chief executive of the Audit Commission (from 2003-2010), the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government, and the London Borough of Camden of which he was before that Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive.
Previously John was Managing Director of Central Networks the UK's second-largest distributor of electricity - and also E.ON UK Board member responsible for Safety, Health and Environment. John is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of two professional institutions. His career has spanned power station design, project management, operational management; and running generation, business services, IT, energy services and distribution businesses. His other interests include being a trustee of sustainable energy and social housing charities, and advising the MOD on electricity generation and distribution.
Oona was appointed as a member of the Board on 1 October 2014 and is the Chair of ONR’s Security Committee. She also chairs the Quality Management Board for Aegis Defence Services Ltd, and has served as both an interim Director and now Board Member of the Security in Complex Environments Group. She began her career in the Ministry of Defence, was Director of Communications during the Kosovo campaign of 1999 and then Director General responsible for Organisational Change across the MoD. After senior executive roles in DEFRA and the Local Government Organisation she became Chief Executive of the South East England Development Agency in 2011. She also chaired the Nations & Regions Group (South East) for the 2012 London Olympic Games Organising Committee, and is a Trustee of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.
The ONR Board appointed Les Philpott as acting Chief Executive from 1 March 2015. He was also formally designated as ONR Accounting Officer from that date by the DWP Permanent Secretary and Principal Accounting Officer. Les has wide experience in public management and his previous career included senior management posts in central government. He is a chartered accountant (public finance).
Richard is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IMechE and a member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. In 1987 he joined the UK Atomic Energy Authority and worked in the civil nuclear power programme for 7 years before moving to join Norsk Hydro’s Petroleum Research Division based in Norway.
Richard returned to the UK in 1995 and has since held senior positions in the Defence Nuclear Programme, the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator and ONR.
In 1996 he joined MOD managing a portfolio of nuclear research programmes. He joined the Naval Nuclear Regulatory Panel in 1999 as a nuclear safety inspector. He was promoted to MOD’s Nuclear Propulsion Regulator in 2002. In 2006 Richard joined MOD’s Nuclear Weapon Programme as an Assistant Director and became Deputy Head Weapons within the Strategic Weapons Team in 2008. In 2012 Richard took up the role as Head of the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator with responsibility to regulate nuclear and radiological safety and environmental protection in the Defence Nuclear Programme.
Richard was appointed by ONR as a Deputy Chief Nuclear Inspector in 2014 where he was responsible as director for ONR’s Defence Programme and Decommissioning, Fuel & Waste Programme. In September 2015 the ONR Board, with the approval of the Secretary of State, appointed Richard as acting Chief Nuclear Inspector.
David Senior is ONR's Director of Regulatory Assurance and an Executive member of the ONR Board, with responsibility for providing assurance of efficient and effective regulatory decision making and enforcement. David is a Deputy Chief Inspector with extensive regulatory experience across the UK nuclear sector; he was previously Programme Director for the Defence and Decommissioning, Fuel & Waste Programmes. David has considerable international experience and represents the UK at the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG), and was previously Deputy Director for Nuclear & Radioactive Waste Policy in the Department of Energy & Climate Change where he was responsible for civil nuclear and radioactive waste policy. David is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.