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Laboratory Fellows

Colette Grundy, Safety (Licensing), Security and Safeguards Team Business Manager and a Laboratory Fellow.

Colette brings professional experience as a nuclear regulator to her role as Laboratory Fellow in Nuclear Regulation. She received personal endorsement in the role from UK nuclear regulators in the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA). Until the end of 2011, she was the lead inspector for the AP1000 reactor in the Joint Regulators Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process, working in the Environment Agency Nuclear New Build Team. Colette worked as part of the Joint Regulators GDA team from the beginning of the GDA process in July 2007, to the issue of interim statements of design acceptability at the end of 2011 when she joined NNL. Colette led international regulatory inspections, authored regulatory technical reports and has spoken in public arenas about her work as a Regulator. She also has worked with international regulators from USNRC, CNSC, ASN, STUK and with SSM, Sweden.

She is currently providing regulatory expertise to project ‘MEGAHIT’. NNL’s involvement in the MEGAHIT consortium is as a direct result of space battery work being carried out for 
European Space Agency (ESA). MEGAHIT is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This is aimed at building a European roadmap for megawatt level nuclear electric propulsion. NNL has an increasing profile in the space community and received an approach to join MEGAHIT and lead on the nuclear side of the project.

Colette is a Chartered Chemist and a Fellow of the 
Royal Society of Chemistry. She is a mentor for the Royal Society of Chemistry NNL accreditation scheme and acts as a mentor for the NNL Technical Graduate and Emerging Talent programmes.


Whitton, J., Parry, I., Grundy, C., Lillycrop, A. and Ross, D., (2015). A Review of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) Dialogue Pilot (2015) for New Nuclear Build in the UK: Lessons for Engagement Theory and Practice. Journal of Radiological Protection. (Submitted)

Whitton, J., Parry, I., Grundy, C., Ross, D. and Lillycrop, A., (2015). A Review of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) Dialogue Pilot (2015) for New Nuclear Build in Anglesey, UK: Lessons for Engagement Practice, Contributing to a Theory of Social Sustainability for Local Communities. To be presented at RICOMET 2015: Risk Perception, Communication and Ethics of Exposure to Ionising Radioation, 15th-17th June 2015, Slovenia.

Whitton, J., Hughes, C., Grundy, C. and Butler. G. (2008). Environmental Decision Making and Stakeholder Engagement Relating to Decommissioning in the UK Nuclear Industry. Extended abstract presented at the UK Systems Society Conference, 1st – 3rd September 2008. University of Oxford. UK.

Grundy, C., Whitton, J., Watts, L., (2005). Integrated Framework for Site End Point Management. Conference paper for ICEM’05: The 10th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, September 4-8, 2005, Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland.

Work based supervisor to NNL PhD John Whitton: “Participant Perceptions on the Nature of Stakeholder Dialogue Carried Out by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)”, University of Manchester. 2010.