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Dalton Nuclear Institute

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Our team of experts span a range of ages and disciplines, and work collaboratively within the University, with academics from other universities and with industry and government.

Meet our core academic and Professional Services team below. You can find our Dalton Cumbrian Facility team here

You can also find details of the members of our research community by visiting the University's Research Explorer.

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  • Helen Bayram

    Helen Bayram

    Nuclear Waste Services RSO Project Manager - Helen is the Project Manager for the Nuclear Waste Services Research Support Office, based at The University of Manchester. She previously worked on the Robotics and AI for Nuclear (RAIN) project as Outreach and Project Manager.

  • Adrian Bull MBE

    Adrian Bull MBE

    Associate Director and BNFL Chair in Nuclear Energy and Society - Adrian holds his Dalton role alongside a position as the National Nuclear Laboratory’s External Relations Director. He also worked for BNFL for 23 year and Westinghouse for 6. He was awarded an MBE for his work on improving stakeholder engagement around nuclear issues – a subject he is passionate about.

  • William Bodel

    William Bodel

    Research Associate in Nuclear Systems Choice - Will’s doctoral research into nuclear engineering materials focused on nuclear graphite and its behaviour under reactor conditions. He subsequently worked on material fracture and life-extension of the UK’s AGR fleet. His current research focus is on energy policy, and nuclear systems choice for net zero.

  • Gregg Butler

    Gregg Butler

    Head of Strategic Assessment - Gregg has over 50 years’ experience in most aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle: R&D, planning, commercial, plant, site and company operations and management, director and advisory committee roles. He has published extensively on nuclear topics, and is currently concentrating on Nuclear Energy’s role in Net Zero.

  • Jacqui Grant

    Jacqui Grant

    Operations Manager - Jacqui is Operations Manager for the Dalton Nuclear Institute with a primary role to support delivery of activities across the Manchester campus. With over 30 years’ administration experience in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, she also manages major projects: previously the NNUMAN programme and currently four new NNUF II facilities.

  • Scott Heath

    Scott Heath

    Associate Director, Professor of Nuclear Chemistry - Scott’s current research involves development of analytical techniques for trace radioactive nuclides, and control of radioactive contaminants in engineered environments. He is Director of the GREEN Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Fission, Associate Dean for Post Graduate Researcher Development and former Chair of the NSSG Higher Level Skills subgroup.

  • Robert Jones

    Robert Jones

    Head of Operations - Robert is Head of Operations for the Dalton Nuclear Institute. He is based at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF), the University’s centre for radiation science. Robert completed his PhD at DCF in 2016 and has worked in various roles within the nuclear industry.

  • Rachel Law

    Rachel Law

    Outreach and Communications Officer - Rachel is responsible for the Dalton Nuclear Institute’s public engagement and communications activity, and supporting the Dalton Community (based across The University of Manchester) and The Beam nuclear and social research network. She has been a part of the Institute since 2015.

  • Francis Livens

    Francis Livens

    Director Professor of Radiochemistry - With more than 35 years’ research experience across the fuel cycle, Francis has acted as advisor to the nuclear sector both in the UK and overseas. Francis is a member of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Board, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (awarded the 2021 Becquerel Medal) and Member of the Institute of Strategic Studies.

  • Juan Matthews

    Juan Matthews

    Visiting Professor in Nuclear Energy Technology - Starting as a theoretical physicist Juan carried out and managed research on nuclear safety and advanced reactor systems at Harwell. He later set up and managed activities across Asia for AEA Technology, before working on international business and innovation in the nuclear and energy sectors, mainly for Government.

  • Katherine Morris

    Katherine Morris

    Associate Director and BNFL Chair of Environmental Radioactivity - Kath brings expertise in the speciation and fate of radionuclides in engineered and natural environments with over 20 years’ experience. She is Director of the Nuclear Waste Services Research Support Office, based at The University of Manchester.

  • Samantha Roberts

    Samantha Roberts

    RWM Research Support Office Project Administrator - Sam is an experienced administrator who has worked in the Dalton Nuclear Institute since 2012, providing support on a number of nuclear related projects including the EPSRC Compositional and Structural Evolution of Plutonium Dioxide project, the Henry Royce Institute’s Nuclear Materials core theme and the NNUMAN programme.

  • Richard Taylor

    Richard Taylor

    Associate Director and BNFL Chair in Nuclear Energy Systems - Richard was previously the Chief Engineer of the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory. Richard has over 30 years of experience within the UK nuclear industry. He is a professional engineer with a background in the design, construction and commissioning of nuclear facilities. Richard is a co-founder of The Beam nuclear and social research network.

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  • Joanne D'angelo - Communications and Marketing Manager - Energy Research (Faculty of Science and Engineering)