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. He is the Chair of the charity Ambitious About Autism and 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 a non-executive member of the ONR Board and, chair of its Audit 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.
John Crackett was appointed as a non-executive board member of the Office for Nuclear Regulation in July 2011. 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 Muirhead began her career in the Ministry of Defence (1979-2003), holding a series of policy roles, and working on operational planning at the Permanent Joint Headquarters, before becoming Director of Communications (1997-2000) prior to the Kosovo campaign of 1999, a role in which she worked closely with allies and external stakeholders across NATO. She subsequently became the Director General responsible for Organisational Change across the MoD (2001-03), leading several substantial service improvement initiatives such as in logistics. After a further senior civil service role, leading a reorganisation of DEFRA’s delivery organisations, (2003-05), Oona moved out of central government, taking on a senior-level influencing role at the Local Government Association, before joining the South East England Development Agency in 2007: she became Chief Executive of the organisation in 2011. Over the course of her time at SEEDA, Oona worked closely with the private sector, prioritising inward investment and a coherent strategy around low carbon initiatives.
Since 2012, Oona has built a wide-ranging portfolio of non-executive responsibilities, working across the private and public sectors in defence and security, economic development and energy. She 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 (SCEG), the government’s industry partner for the private security industry. She also chaired the Nations & Regions Group for the South East for the 2012 London Olympic Games Organising Committee, drawing together a complex partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations as part of delivering the London Games. In addition to completing a number of consulting roles, Oona has also been appointed as a Trustee of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, and is leading their strategy task group.
John Jenkins is ONR's Chief Executive Officer. After 25 years in the private sector, he joined the ONR Board as an Executive member. John is responsible for the delivery of the Board's agenda and for leading ONR as it anticipates and rises to the challenge of a changing industry and public expectation. John is a chartered civil engineer.
Les Philpott supports the CEO in leading ONR and also leads ONR's corporate functions, including setting and delivering strategy, corporate governance, all ONR business services, policy management and key stakeholder relationship management. Les is an Executive member of the ONR Board. He has wide experience in public management, including transforming public services, policy formulation and advice to Ministers, finance and human resource management, and large scale public purchasing and supply. Les' previous career included senior management posts in central government. He is a chartered accountant (public finance).
Dr Andy Hall joined Health and Safety Executives Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) in 1988 having previously worked at the UK Atomic Energy Authority undertaking research and technical analysis (including analysis of the Chernobyl accident). He has a range of experience in technical assessment, site inspection and policy work on international harmonization of nuclear safety standards. As a Deputy Chief Inspector he headed up several different Nuclear Directorates and led ONR's technical activities to learn lessons from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. He was appointed as ONR's Chief Nuclear Inspector in December 2013.
He was educated at the University of Oxford, having undertaken seven years post-graduate and post-doctoral research in theoretical astrophysics and where he was elected a Research Fellow and Member of the Governing Body of St. Edmund Hall.
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.