YGN Committee 2023


Carwyn Chamberlain

YGN Chair | Senior Consultant, DBD International




Carwyn is a Lead Consultant at DBD International. In this role, Carwyn has led the development of Operational Research models for numerous waste management projects and programmes across the NDA estate in the UK, with clients operating in DoE estates in the USA and for OPG in Canada. Carwyn has delivered a number of strategic studies in both waste and new technologies both in the UK and US markets.

Carwyn has been an active volunteer with the YGN since 2017, working initially in the Education, Attraction and Outreach area and has since held the roles of Membership Retention & Development Lead and Vice-Chair. Carwyn has been a strong advocate for STEM education, and skills development within the UK Nuclear Industry. In his time as chair, Carwyn will strive to build on the momentum from events such as COP26 and the YGN led industry representation at New Scientist Live, with an added focus on how the YGN can develop the next generation of nuclear professionals and industry leaders. This will be achieved by exciting opportunities to the YGN community, through establishing further international collaborations and adding new events to the YGN calendar.


 Eilidh Cromie

YGN Vice Chair | Senior Analyst, Rolls Royce SMR



Eilidh works for Rolls-Royce SMR in the Strategy and Business Development team as a senior analyst working on the deployment of SMRs in the UK and around the world. Prior to this Eilidh spent 5 years at EDF where she worked at Sizewell C on the RAB model and the case for new nuclear in the UK.

Eilidh studied business and marketing at the University of Stirling and fell into the nuclear industry through a place on a commercial graduate scheme with EDF. Eilidh is particularly interested in innovation, how we reach net zero and the role of diversity in the nuclear industry.

Eilidh has been on the YGN committee in the finance lead role since 2020 and is looking forward to taking over as one of the vice chairs for 2023.

Vice Chair: Sarah D'Lima

YGN Vice Chair | Service Delivery Coordinator, Nuclear Waste Services


Sarah is a Service Delivery Coordinator at Nuclear Waste Services where her work focuses on delivering waste management and disposal services across the UK Nuclear Industry particularly decommissioning sites. Sarah works closely with the NDA estate and wider supply chain to deliver services such as treatment, conditioning and disposal.

Prior to this, she worked at Magnox Ltd at Harwell as a Waste Engineer having started her career on the nucleargraduate programme in 2017. Here she undertook secondments as an Environmental Advisor at Sizewell A and supported in a technical role at BEIS in Civil Nuclear and Resilience.

Sarah has been an active volunteer with the YGN since 2019 as a then ‘Company Rep’ for Magnox before taking a role on the YGN/NDA Industry Partner Steering Committee. She was part of the group which created Chain Reaction Series – creating STEAM based content and videos for 11–16-year-olds during lockdown. Sarah joined the YGN committee in September 2021 as Industry Liaison Lead and for 2023 will take on Vice Chair, supporting the committee to deliver the YGN’s strategic objectives.


Kev Smith 

Finance Lead | NTEC Masters Student


Kevin has spent 6 years working in finance and corporate relationship management, gaining a diploma in banking and finance before opting to revisit his university studies ahead of transferring his skills into the UK nuclear industry. After graduating from his BSc in 2022, he's currently studying the NTEC MSc Nuclear Science and Technology and is due to graduate again in September 2023.

His passion as a fresh entrant into the industry made him an ideal candidate to join the committee. The global energy crisis and requirement for nuclear power for us to reach net zero is what was most appealing about entering the industry, so he joined the committee to help attract future generations of students to the cause.

He'll be the finance lead for 2023, but will be helping out at all events throughout the year and hopefully for years to come.

Martin Donohue

Communications & Marketing Lead | Nuclear Safety Engineer, EDF in the UK


Martin is a Nuclear Safety Engineer within the Design Authority for Sizewell B at EDF in the UK, where he is involved in a range of safety case related programmes in a technical leadership capacity. Previously Martin was a Consultant at Atkins, engaged in a broad range of nuclear projects primarily in the field of safety case management and assurance.

Martin has been involved in the Nuclear Insititute since 2018, fulfilling various roles over that time, starting as a company rep and through the local regional branch. Most recently in 2022, Martin was Deputy Communications Lead for the YGN.

He is a passionate advocate for nuclear energy as a crucial part of a affordable, clean and secure energy system, as well as the significant wider socioeconomic benefits in can deliver. Martin attended COP26 with the YGN in 2021 and the #NetZeroNeedsNuclear campaign. He is also an active member of the Nuclear Institute Policy Committee.

As Marketing & Comms Lead for 2023, Martin is looking forward to continuing to amplify the voice of the YGN; engaging with the wider nuclear sector and other non-nuclear climate concerned groups in what is a very exciting time for nuclear energy.

Robin Spurr 

Secretary of Operations | Assistant Project Manager and Sustainability Lead, Cavendish Nuclear


Robin is an Assistant Project Manager and Sustainability Lead for Cavendish Nuclear working in the defence business unit. Robin has worked on a number of programmes since joining Cavendish 4 years ago which has given her experience in projects over the full nuclear lifecycle. Aside from the day job Robin has been active in pushing the sustainability agenda within Cavendish and this year secured a budget for a three-year internal change programme for ESG.

Passion for Sustainable development started at university, where Robin studied an integrated masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management in Leeds and ANU in Australia. She strongly believes in the power of the #NetZeroNeedsNuclear campaign.

Robin sits on a on a number of external Forums including the Major Projects Association Sustainability Ambassadors forum and was previously on the BECBC (British Energy Coast Business Cluster) shadow board as a Sustainability lead.

This is Robin’s first year of active involvement with the YGN and she is very excited to be learning more about the organisation and how she can contribute to its aims.

Sophie Jackson

International Liaison | Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant, Abbott Risk Consulting


Sophie studied Astrophysics (MPhys) and went on to study Nuclear Science and Technology (MSc) at the University of Liverpool from 2010 - 2015. Having spent 5 years at University she started working at BAE Systems Submarine LTD as a Nuclear Safety Case Engineer for a further 5 years.

In November 2020 Sophie moved to Abbott Risk Consulting as a Senior Nuclear Safety Consultant to broaden her nuclear skills, working as a contractor for companies such as Sellafield, BAE Systems, Urenco and Dounreay.

Sophie is super passionate about the Nuclear Industry and representing women in the nuclear and aim to inspire future generations.

This is her second year as International Liaison for the YGN and she aims to provide international opportunities for the UK-YGN as well as collaborating with our counterparts across seas. Sophie's aim is to continue to promote the nuclear industry as a whole and show that it is inclusive and represents all walks of life, giving equal opportunities to the best candidates for each job role.

Fran Halsall

Sponsorship Lead | Business Development Associate, Cavendish Nuclear 


Fran started working for Cavendish Nuclear (and in the nuclear industry) in October 2021 as a business development associate, working in CN’s business winning team. This gave her a great overview of what’s going on across the whole industry, from decommissioning to SMRs /AMRs and the defence landscape.

Fran has only worked within the nuclear sector for a small amount of time; in a previous life she was an Olympic swimmer which seems an unusual switch in career but she loving the challenge and purpose a career in nuclear offers.

Her personal mission is to engage wider communities of people with all the good that our industry offers and inspire people from all different backgrounds to think about joining us on our mission!

Danielle Jackson

Industry Liaison Lead | Concept & Optioneering Manager, Nuclear Waste Services


Danielle is a Concept & Optioneering Manager within the Major Capital Programmes directorate at Nuclear Waste Services where her work focuses on developing the Concept Evaluation Process and developing the GDF Programme’s approach to systems architecting.

Prior to this, she started her career on the nucleargraduates programme in 2019, sponsored by Nuclear Waste Services. Here she undertook secondments at BEIS within the IAEA policy team and at ONR within the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering specialism working on Sellafield and Advance Nuclear Technologies projects.

Danielle looks forward to; developing the Company Catalyst/Advocate Scheme further to get additional companies involved; leading the NDA/YGN Industry Partner to meet shared objectives between the NDA and the YGN and overseeing the development of the MoU between NSSG, WiN and YGN.

Craig Pilkington

Intro to Series Lead | Senior Mechanical Engineer, Assystem


Craig has worked in engineering operations within the nuclear sector since 2017 on a variety of decommissioning, nuclear new build and defence contracts. He completed a graduate scheme at Ansaldo Nuclear and progressed to become a chartered engineer in 2022. In his current role for Assystem he is working on mechanical packages in the design and rollout of small modular reactors (SMRs) within the UK.

Craig began volunteering for the YGN in 2020 acting as a YGN company catalyst and judging the UK speaking competition final. In 2020 he took on the delivery of two ‘Intro To..’ events, after the successful delivery of these events, he was appointed ‘Intro to..’ Lead for 2022, bringing back face-to-face events with site tours for the first time since 2019. This year Craig and the supporting ‘Intro to’ the delivery team are hosting 5 Intro to Events over a broad range of subjects and introducing some new events exclusive to 2023.

Maddie Knight

 Membership Development & Retention Lead | Tritium Technology Team Leader, UKAEA


Maddie is a Tritium Scientist at UKAEA, working in the Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology Department where she has commissioned systems in the Tritium Processing Plant and subsequently led tritium-deuterium operations during the DTE2 campaign, when UKAEA beat world records for achieving fusion power. Maddie now leads a group of scientists and engineers, as well as projects in tritium research.

Maddie graduated in 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester. Following this, Maddie joined the Nuclear Graduate scheme with placements at Sellafield Ltd, ONR, NNL and UKAEA, which she joined permanently in 2017.

Maddie has been involved in the YGN for over 4 years, primarily as the Technical Tour lead but also volunteering for a year on the Central England Branch committee as YGN Rep. Maddie has recently taken over the role of Membership, Development and Retention Lead

Lacey-Jo Marsland

 Education, Attraction & Outreach Lead | Assistant Safety Engineer, Atkins SNC-Lavalin


Lacey joined Atkins as an Assistant Safety Engineer in February 2023. Prior to this, Lacey completed the Safety Assessment Specialist Graduate Scheme at AWE. In this role, she gained experience in a range of safety assessment techniques including Hazard Operability (HAZOP), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA). Lacey has been working in the nuclear industry since September 2020.

During her time at AWE, Lacey also achieved the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and supported AWE’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion groups as Co-Chair of AWEPride.

Lacey has been an active volunteer of the YGN since the start of 2022. In this time, she has been a YGN Company Catalyst for AWE and has represented the YGN as a panel member at the GREEN-NGN Spring School 2022. Lacey was also a member of the organising committee for the 2022 YGN Annual Day Seminar and Dinner in Cardiff and is excited to see what 2023 might bring for the Nuclear Industry and the YGN. 

Camila Arce Derpic

ED&I Lead | Business & Integration Architecture Analyst, Accenture


Camila is a Business and Integration Architecture Analyst at Accenture. Prior to this, she worked as a General Coordinator for a Canadian-based mining company Eloro Resources Ltd, where she was able to contribute towards projects focused on economic growth and development following CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) principles for the mining developing industry, in Bolivia.

Camila obtained her BA in Economics from Waseda University (Tokyo- Japan) and her MSc in Business with International Management from Northumbria University (London Campus- UK). Camila has experience in working with Agile frameworks, Project Management, Analytics, Mentoring techniques, Business analysis and Coordination projects.

Camila, by living, studying, and working in different countries, has had the opportunity to share and to learn from people with different backgrounds, cultures, and ideas, understanding the importance of becoming the bridge between all members of our society. This has led her to become the ED&I lead in the YGN, focused on promoting respect, equality, and inclusion throughout every activity in our network.

Saralyn Thomas

YGN Chair 2021 | Senior Consultant, Abbott Risk Consulting


Saralyn is a Senior Consultant working in nuclear safety case development at Abbott Risk Consulting Ltd. Prior to this, she worked as a Safety Consultant at Orano Projects Ltd. Saralyn has over 7 years’ experience in the nuclear industry and has worked for a variety of clients on safety case development, as well as radioactive waste management and delicensing projects. She has previously been seconded to BEIS in support of Great British Nuclear.

Saralyn has been an active volunteer of the NI and YGN since 2016. In this time, Saralyn has been the YGN representative for the Central England Branch of the NI and she was a member of the organising committee for the 2017 European Nuclear Young Generation Forum (ENYGF). She has previously held the roles of Secretary (2019), Marketing & Communications Lead (2020), Vice-Chair and International Liaison (2021). In the latter role, Saralyn oversaw the YGN’s presence at COP26 in Glasgow and their #NetZeroNeedsNuclear campaign. Most recently, Saralyn was Chair of the YGN in 2022 and remains on the committee in 2023 in an advisory role