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Richard Deakin

Richard Deakin was recently appointed as UKRI’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Low Cost Nuclear Challenge Director. His “mission” is to enable the development of a UK Small Modular Reactor (UK SMR) programme and technology in-order to attract private finance to support the delivery of a fleet of SMR’s.

Richard is an experienced senior leader and a recognised change agent in the nuclear energy sector, having worked in manufacturing and engineering environments in the UK and USA. He has in excess of 35 years experience of leading across international boundaries, complex stakeholder networks and delivery in industrial programmes in organisations such as British Nuclear Fuels, Rolls Royce, NuScale and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Richard has a record of formulation and delivery of policy, programs, strategies and organisational change to deliver results in both the public and private sector.

Richard has significant experience of leading change and developing supply chain capbility at a Nuclear Licensed Site in the role of General Manager and “agent of the licensee” for a UK based site during a period of regeneration, change and growth. He routinely represents the nuclear sector at both UK and International events and is increasingly engaged in the support of bringing diversity to the sector and encouraging the development of those new to the sector.

Richard joined UKRI from the role of Policy Adviser, Nuclear Directorate at BEIS where he was developing enabling policies for small nuclear.