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Nuclear in the immediate future

Event organised by ICE

28 September 2023
18:30 - 20:30 BST (GMT+1)
Engine Rooms
Birchwood Park
Warrington Road
Warrington , WA3 6AE
United Kingdom

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Join us for a look into upcoming developments in the nuclear sector with views and insights from three key speakers.

Kicking off with an overview of the current situation, we’ll then turn to the latest developments taking place in the North of England and North Wales.

This will include the use of artificial intelligence (AI), one of the latest technology developments being adopted within the nuclear space, and hydrogen and nuclear co-generation as a potential future energy solution.

This informative lecture is jointly hosted by ICE Cheshire and ICE North Wales.

For people attending the Engine Rooms, refreshments will be served from 18:00 with an event start at 18:30 prompt.


Philip Isgar

Philip Isgar

Sunbeam Management Solutions


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Philip Isgar

Philip is a Director, Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Chartered Engineer (FICE, FIStructE, HonFAPM, MICHT, MIMMM) and European Engineer with wide experience of developing, leading and managing multi-discipline high profile large capital investment programmes and teams within the public and private sectors. Key requisites are strategic policy making, engineering excellence, complementary interpersonal, influencing and management skills, mentoring and a high degree of connectivity in the areas in which he works.

His field of experience encompasses Nuclear Decommissioning and New Build, Infrastructure, Programme and Project Management, Digital Engineering (including BIM), Public Private Partnerships, Stakeholder, Project Financing, Regulatory Interface, Transport, Utilities.

Philip is an Honorary Fellow and Lifetime Member of the Association for Project Management and a Honorary Member of the Major Projects Association.

Mark Bankhead

Mark Bankhead

National Nuclear Laboratory

team manager - technology manager

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Mark Bankhead

Dr Mark Bankhead is a scientist with over 20 years' experience working in the nuclear industry. His work involves the development of complex mathematical models of chemical behaviour. This ranges from modelling the behaviour of atoms and molecules, through to understanding the impact of chemistry on process behaviour. He plays an active role in digital technologies for NNL, and at the Nuclear Institute, where he is chair of the AI4Nuclear group.

The AI4Nuclear (Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear) formed in May 2022 from the Nuclear Institute’s Digital Special Interest Group which has over 100 members. The AI4N group is new and ambitious. Its vision is for AI to be adopted across the nuclear sector to enhance the safety and security of our operations as well as to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of sector-wide activities. Its focus is guided by industry members who have identified the need for the sector to embed technologies capable of tackling two current challenges – reducing the rising costs whilst improving safety. As the nuclear sector gears up to deliver a new generation of low-carbon energy plants, AI4N will support the government to deliver its wider energy security strategy and tackle the existing energy crisis.

In this talk we will assess the impact of AI4Nuclear to date and assess the challenges ahead for the widespread adoption of AI.

Paul Hennessey

Paul Hennessey


lead, new & emerging markets

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Paul Hennessey

Paul is the Jacobs lead for New Technologies and Emerging Markets, for the Jacobs Technology, Consulting and Innovation business, as part of the wider Energy, Security and Technology division (6,000 people U.K. business).

Working globally in both business development and technical consultancy roles, Paul specialises in business case, technology selection and end-user stakeholder engagement regarding the 'art of the possible' for technology implementation in Jacobs’ core markets of Nuclear, Hydrogen / Energy Transition, Space and Defence.

For Hydrogen, Paul is a subject matter expert for nuclear derived hydrogen / synthetic fuels production and the related market opportunities for developing technologies such Small Modular Reactors and Nuclear Fusion. Paul sits on the Washington DC based, international think-tank – The Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative, the U.K. North West Hydrogen Alliance and is Vice-Chair of the Northern Nuclear Alliance, where he leads on Nuclear Derived Hydrogen initiatives alongside +50 other organisations.

Paul also supports the wider Jacobs Energy and Power group in multiple hydrogen projects, such as the RWE - Pembrooke 100MW Green Hydrogen Project and the National Gas - Project Union infrastructure project.