Andy graduated in chemical engineering from Queen's University of Belfast. Following his Post-Doctoral Research at Sheffield University, he held various posts in the conventional chemicals manufacturing sector.
He then joined the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII). He has nearly 30 years’ experience in nuclear regulation including technical assessment, site inspection and support to a number of public inquiries. Latterly he headed an engineering assessment unit and developed corporate arrangements. Andy was the Nuclear Topic Leader for chemists, chemical engineers and internal hazards specialists in ONR.
Andy is now an independent nuclear safety consultant specialising in delivering safety training at graduate level and above.
Geoff has worked in various parts of the nuclear industry for nearly 45 years as a researcher (UKAEA), safety analyst and safety case development (UKAEA/NNC), safety regulator (NII/ONR) and university lecturer (UCLAN/NTEC). Over the years he has been involved with fast reactors, Magnox, AGR and LWR plants as well as all types of fuel cycle facilities and waste facilities. As a regulator, his roles have included assessment, site inspection and management of safety.
In the early 2000’s, Geoff project managed the production of what are now ONR’s Safety assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities (SAPs) and drafted the Technical Assessment Guides on Safety Case Content and the Determination of ALARP.
He has had a significant level of involvement with international nuclear safety, from assistance to the excommunist countries in the early nineties, through to supporting the development of regulatory bodies in newly embarking countries on behalf of the IAEA. Geoff represented the UK at the IAEA where he was a member, then chairman, of the Nuclear Safety Standards Committee: he was also a member of the Multi-Design Evaluation Group within NEA which considered new reactor designs in an international context.