Office for Nuclear Regulation

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ONR Board

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.

Members are:


Nick Baldwin

Nick Baldwin

ONR Chair

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 also a Vice Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership Board and a member of the Energy and Utility Forum Advisory Board.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Jonathan Baume

Jonathan Baume

Non Executive Board Member

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.

John Crackett

John Crackett

Non-Executive Board Member

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

Oona Muirhead

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.

Bronwyn Hill

Bronwyn Hill

Bronwyn Hill CBE has joined the ONR Board following her appointment by the Secretary of State (SoS) for Work and Pensions. Her appointment commenced on 18 January for a four year term.

Bronwyn brings to the Board a wide range of experience and expertise in the delivery of infrastructure and services. Bronwyn is a former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and has wide experience in infrastructure, regulation and public service, with a civil service career primarily in the Department for Transport.

Penny Boys

Penny brings to the Board a wide range of experience and expertise from a long career in public service, both at official and Non-Executive Board member level, including an eight year period as one of the first Non-Executive Directors of the water regulator, Ofwat. As a Senior Civil Servant, Penny served in several Departments including the former Departments of Energy, Trade and Industry as well as independent regulators and competition authorities.


Adriènne Kelbie

Adriènne Kelbie

Chief Executive

The ONR Board appointed Adriènne Kelbie as Chief Executive of the Office for Nuclear Regulation from 18 January 2016. She comes to ONR from the Disclosure and Barring Service which safeguards vulnerable people and has undergone significant change since its formation in 2012. Her role reflects its significant public profile, sensitivity of data and need for finely balanced decisions.

Adriènne has spent the last nineteen years in senior leadership roles in the public sector, fifteen at Board level. She was previously the Deputy Chief Executive of Hull City Council, where she led major organisational change to improve corporate support to all council frontline services during unprecedented budget cuts. Prior to that she held a range of corporate and operational roles in large scale lottery funding.

She brings significant leadership skills and expertise, having led several challenging change programmes, crediting her successive committed and customer-minded teams.

A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, she recently graduated from Oxford University’s Major Programme Leadership Academy.

Dr Richard Savage

Richard Savage

Chief Nuclear Inspector

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

David Senior

Deputy Chief 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.