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Sellafield Ltd CEO to step down after five years of unprecedented progress

A senior executive at the Sellafield site since 2000, Paul became Managing Director then the first Chief Executive of Sellafield Ltd in 2016.

As Chief Executive, Paul has overseen unprecedented progress in the mission to make Sellafield safer, sooner.

This progress includes: removing the majority of spent fuel from the world’s oldest nuclear fuel pond; creating access routes in to the world’s oldest nuclear fuel store and the start of the removal of materials from some of the world’s most hazardous nuclear facilities.

In the process, Paul established Sellafield Ltd as a business that delivers more value for money than ever before; Sellafield Ltd is on target to deliver £1.4 billion in efficiencies by 2020 and has pledged a further £1 – £1.4 billion to government by 2029.

As part of delivering these successes, Paul oversaw the introduction of new terms and conditions across Sellafield Ltd and successfully managed the completion of nuclear fuel reprocessing at Thorp, whilst ensuring that every person working at the plant remained in employment. Paul has also Identified and started to tackle issues with regard to equality, diversity and inclusion, including taking personal action to address bullying and harassment.

In recent months, Paul has overseen the creation of a new 20-year, multi-billion-pound partnership contract between Sellafield Ltd and the supply chain partners (PPP) that will enable more progress to be made at Sellafield.

As the first Chief Executive of Sellafield Ltd, Paul has established a new approach towards how the company acts as a responsible corporate citizen. Under Paul’s leadership, Sellafield Ltd has recruited record numbers of apprentices, and our new approach towards the social impact of Sellafield’s operations has seen Sellafield Ltd invest over £40 million in projects of benefit to the communities closest to the site since 2015, including:

  • a £10 million investment in the new Campus Whitehaven
  • £1.75 million in the new WELL Project designed to lift educational attainment levels in every West Cumbrian classroom
  • £3.6 million into new economic growth and diversification projects in Whitehaven
  • the creation of a new community apprenticeships scheme providing apprenticeships for 50 people.

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