Hydrock completes investment in specialist nuclear consultancy

Jennifer Richards

10th June, 2014

Hydrock has completed an investment in Nuclear Management Consultancy Ltd (NMCL). Bristol-based NMCL is a unique organisation that works with operators and regulators in the nuclear industry in all areas of safety management. Founded and headed up by Jenny Richards, the company specialises in working with existing and new operators as well as nuclear and environmental regulatory bodies.

Jenny (pictured above) has been part of the nuclear industry for over 30 years and has held a number of senior positions within both operating organisations and more recently in consultancy.

She started NMCL in 2005 to provide specialist consultancy services to the nuclear industry. Jenny is a Fellow and former Vice-President of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and a chartered physicist. She has a background in safety cases, environmental management and nuclear safety governance, acting as an external independent member of many review teams including Nuclear Safety Committees.

With clients including EDF, the Environment Agency, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and TEPCO, NMCL provides a range of services to help organisations demonstrate compliance with the legal and regulatory expectations of the nuclear industry. The work areas are varied and span nuclear safety management, organisational capability and many technical aspects of nuclear safety advice.

Dr Brian McConnell, Managing Director of Hydrock, commenting on the investment said: “We are delighted to have completed the initial part of our phased acquisition of NMCL. Jenny and her team are right at the top of the UK and international nuclear industry. They have a unique range of world-class experience in nuclear safety and regulation and they will bring a new dimension to our work in the nuclear sector. We are delighted to have made this investment and we have ambitious plans for the future.”

Jenny added: “This is a hugely important step for NMCL at this time of great opportunity in the nuclear market. By bringing together the technical strengths of Hydrock in engineering and the environmental sector, together with the strategic experience and capability of NMCL in the nuclear industry, we will be able to offer our clients an enhanced capability. We are very much looking forward to working together.”

NMCL’s specialist areas include:

  • Safety Governance
  • Safety and environmental management
  • Challenge
  • Independent review
  • Technical assessment
  • Expert advice
  • Specialist committees
  • Organisational capability
  • Management systems
  • Regulatory standards