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Senior Visiting Fellows


Laurence Williams FREng is an Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Safety and Regulation. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College. Laurence is the Chair of the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee where he advises the Secretary of Defence on the Safety of the Defence Nuclear Programme. He is a Member of the High Scientific Council of the European Nuclear Society and he is the Chair of the Nuclear Future Editorial Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute.

Key Achievements

Laurence is an international authority on nuclear safety and security regulation with expertise built on a long history working as a nuclear engineer, a nuclear regulator and an academic. He held positions with the Nuclear Power Group, the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), Her Majesty’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII), the Heath and Safety Executive (HSE), the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA), The University of Central Lancashire and Imperial College London. Laurence was Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, HSE’s Director for Nuclear Safety and a Member of the HSE Board. At the NDA Laurence was the Director for Nuclear Safety, Security and Environment at its Chief Engineer. Laurence developed and delivered the world’s first MSc course on Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards. Laurence was the Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.

Laurence has made a considerable contribution to international nuclear safety. He was the Chair of the IAEA Commission on Safety Standards, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of international standards in the areas of nuclear safety, radiation protection, radioactive waste management and the transport of nuclear materials. He was a member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Nuclear Safety Group and its Chernobyl International Advisory Group which advised on the construction of the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement. Laurence was the lead author of the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) Guide on an integrated approach to nuclear safety and security. Laurence chaired the ex-post evaluation of the Euratom FP7 and FP7+2 nuclear fission and fusion research programme and he chaired the interim evaluation of the Euratom 2014-18 nuclear fission and fusion research programme.