- 2013 Chair
Monica is a
Chartered Chemical Engineer who has been working in the nuclear industry
since graduating from university in 2003. Monica joined DBD Limited in
July 2010. Within her role at DBD Limited Monica combines technical work
with business development activities.
Monica has worked
previously for Sellafield Ltd, Jacobs and Atkins gaining experience in a
range of decommissioning and defence projects.
Monica first began
volunteering for the YGN in 2005 and joined the YGN committee in 2007.
In her time with the YGN Monica has helped to launch and organise a
number of events. In 2011 Monica took on the role of commercial officer
for the YGN committee, lead the organisation of the first YGN North West
networking event and exhibition and the inaugural Rough Guide to Nuclear
In 2012 Monica took on the role of
vice-chair and continued her role as commercial officer. Monica also
organised the 2012 YGN North West networking event and exhibition and
lead the organisation of the 2012 YGN Annual Dinner and Day Seminar.
In 2013 Monica
takes on the role of Chair. Monica will continue her role as commercial
officer. Alongside this Monica is leading organisation of the Legal &
Commercial Seminar and will be part of the team organising the 2013 YGN
Annual Dinner and Day Seminar.
Monica is also a Science and Engineering
Ambassador, and she goes to schools/colleges to talk about engineering
and her work in the nuclear industry.
Alan Ruiz - 2013 Previous Chair
Alan has worked in the nuclear industry for over
14 years. He started his career at Dounreay as a safety engineer.
He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and in 2005 obtained
an MSC in Safety Engineering from Lancaster University. Alan currently
works for CH2M HILL as their Nuclear Business Development Manager.
Alan's background is nuclear safety case production where he specialised
in Probabilistic Safety Assessment and project management.
He has been a chartered chemical engineer since
2006. Alan has been an NI member since 1999 and joined the YGN core
committee in 2009. For 2013 Alan takes up the roles of Past Chair.
He has previously organised the YGN annual dinner in 2008, Finland
technical tour in 2009, an introduction to Defence in 2010 & 2012 and an
Introduction to Nuclear Energy Politics in 2012. For 2013 Alan will be
leading the Introduction to Nuclear Energy Politics.
Leanne Hodgson - 2013 Vice Chair
Leanne Hodgson has been a member of the Nuclear Institute YGN Core
Committee since 2008. During this time Leanne has organised the
Introduction to Waste Management and Decommissioning event (previously
Rough Guide to the Nuclear Industry) and has held the position of
Communications Officer. Leanne was appointed Vice Chair in 2012 and has
now entered her second term in this role. Leanne is also a member of the
Nuclear Institute Cumbria Branch Committee where she is an active
organiser of lectures, technical visits and the branch speaking
Leanne has worked in the Nuclear Industry since she graduated from
Newcastle University with a degree in Human Genetics in 2004. She
entered the industry working in the field of radiobiology research,
assessing the cytogentic effects of occupational radiation exposure.
Subsequently Leanne has worked in Nuclear Safety Case production and in
the field of Waste Management and Decommissioning. Leanne has been a
member of the Sellafield Decommissioning Strategy and Technical team
Amy Bird - 2013 Vice Chair
Amy Graduated from the University of Portsmouth
in 2002 with a BSc Marine Environmental Science. In 2007 she joined the
Nuclear Industry after spending time within waste management for the
NHS. Amy has spent time at the UKAEA Windscale on the Sellafield Site
working on the decommissioning of the Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor and
Windscale Piles. In 2009 Amy took up the role of Environmental Manager
at the Sellafield Ltd Uranic Storage site at Capenhurst. More recently
Amy has taken a step into URENCO Capenhurst Nuclear Services where she
continues to work on the decommissioning of the gaseous diffusion plant
and its associated facilities, alongside the uranic storage project.
After joining the YGN in 2007 and becoming
an active member, Amy was elected to joined the Core Committee in 2009.
Along the way Amy has organised Rough Guides and supports and hosts
many events including the success of the International Youth Nuclear
Congress 2012 in Charlotte, USA. Amy is Vice-Chair for 2013 alongside
Leanne, and in addition holds positions on the European Nuclear Society
YGN committee and also the International Youth Nuclear Congress
Committee for 2014.
Chris G - 2013 Treasurer
Alys Gardner - 2013 Secretary
Alys graduated from the University of
Manchester in 2009 with a Masters in Physics with Business & Management.
She joined Atkins in September 2009 and since then has worked as part of
the nuclear safety team, gaining experience on a wide range of
decommissioning projects and more recently has also worked in the
defence sector. Alys is currently working towards becoming a chartered
member of the Institute of Physics.
Alys has attended and helped to support a number of YGN events and
has helped organise the Annual Dinner for the last two years. She was
awarded the YGN Excellence Prize in 2012 and has recently joined the
core committee as Secretary.
Simon Ramzi - 2013 Webmaster
Simon is an Electronics Engineer within the Clean Energy division of AMEC. He
has worked in the Nuclear Industry for over a year and his previous experience
includes Intelligence Transportation Systems. Whilst working at AMEC, Simon has worked
across multiple high profile projects, including the replacement of control equipment at
Dungeness B and software development of a tool used to optimise fuel cycles at 6 power
Simon has been active in YGN since he joined AMEC creating promotional material for
many of the events that have taken place. On behalf of the IET Manchester Young Professionals,
he organized a trip around the AMEC labs at Birchwood park which was a great way of giving people from
other disciplines experience of the Nuclear Industry. He has also organized many events for the AMEC staff.
In addition to his work within AMEC and the YGN, Simon enjoys promoting Engineering within schools and
actively volunteers and coordinates such events. By keeping the young interested, he believes that we are
ensuring that fresh talent is available in the future.
Aujas Mistry - 2013 Event Leader
Engineering Your Future, Annual Dinner,
Introduction to Commercial and Legal
Aujas is a Mechanical Engineer who has been
working in the nuclear industry since 2009. Aujas joined Nuvia Limitedís
nuclear new build team in April 2012. He is involved in developing Nuvia
Limitedís new build aspirations and carries out technical, commercial
and strategic activities.
Aujas has worked previously for AMEC in the
structural integrity team carrying out defence projects. He has also
worked as a package engineer on a retrievals project carrying out
decommissioning activities on the Trawsfynydd site.
In 2012 Aujas was named as the Young Mechanical
Engineer of the Year by the Institution for Mechanical Engineers
(IMechE). Prior to this Aujas was also awarded UK Nuclear Graduate of
the Year in 2011 from the National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN).
Aujas also won AMECís graduate speaking competition in 2011 and was a
runner up in the YGN speaking competition in 2010.
Aujas has been an NI member since 2009, been a
member of the North West branch since 2010 and member of the YGN core
committee in 2010. Aujas has led the Engineering Your Future (EYF)
events in the UK for the last 4 years and through this outreach has
promoted nuclear to over 1000 students. Aujas also helped initiate and
since has led the formation of the YGN excellence prize which has been
running since 2011.
In 2013 Aujas will be leading the Introduction to
Legal and Commercial seminar, leading the Engineering Your Future
events, leading the YGN excellence prize and helping organise the YGN
Holland - 2013 Event Leader
Chris is a physicist
who joined AMEC in 2008. He has a Bachelors degree in Physics from the
University of Leeds, which included a year working at Heysham 2 Nuclear
Power Plant. He also holds a Masters degree in Nuclear Reactor Physics
and Technology from the University of Birmingham. Chris's core areas of
interest are nuclear analysis and thermal hydraulics. Having worked on a
number of current and future reactor systems, he has most recently been
working on the ITER project in the south of France.
Chris got involved in involved in the nuclear
institute in 2010 and currently sits on the committee for the North West
branch as well as being part of the YGN core committee. Previously Chris
has been involved in Engineering Your Future events, speaking
competition coordination and membership evening organisation. In
addition to the Nuclear Institute Chris is a member of the Institute of
Physics, a STEM ambassador and a fellow of the World Nuclear University.
Patterson - 2013 Event Leader
Nathan has been working in the nuclear industry from 2008. Nathan has
worked in various organisations connected with the UKís defence
programme covering a range of areas from validation and verification,
functional design, manufacture and safety assessment/justification.
Nathan first began
volunteering for the YGN in 2009 and joined the YGN committee in 2012.
In his time with the YGN Nathan has helped to organise and support a
number of events including the intro to defence and the midlands
2013 Event Leader
Also: E&T Representative
Simpson - 2013 Event Leader
Nuclear Safety and Regulation
Also: London Branch
Graham is an ONR
Inspector working as a Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) specialist
within the Civil Nuclear programme. Prior to joining ONR, Graham
was a consultant and developed his PSA skills by performing reliability
assessments for various AGR power stations.
He is a Chartered
Mechanical Engineer with approximately 8 years experience. His
career began at Babcock (Devonport) where he developed safety case
skills while working within the UKís Nuclear Defence Industry. He
gained further Submarine experience in the MoDís Nuclear Propulsion IPT
and also spent a year onsite at AWE; undertaking safety assessments and
contributing to the development of various major projects.
include triathlon, classic/sports cars and travel. He is
interested in hearing from anyone who may be interested in supporting
the NI and/or YGN activities in the London region.