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The Nuclear Project Management Special Interest Group (Nuclear PM SIG) is a joint initiative between the Nuclear Institute and Association for Project Management (APM).


To join the PM SIG, either become a Nuclear Institute, or if already a member, visit your MyNI member area, go to the My Interests tab and tick 'PROJECT MANAGEMENT' in the Special Interest Groups section. 

If you interested in contributing to the running of the SIG please contact 


Our ultimate goal is to enhance the competitiveness of the sector and restore confidence in the industry amongst government and public stakeholders, in support of the Nuclear Sector Deal aims.

We aim to add value to the nuclear industry by enhancing the development and understanding of project, programme and portfolio management (P3M) disciplines in the sector.

Key principles and terms of reference

We have developed a series of key principles that will guide our contribution:

  1. We are here to add value to the project, programme and portfolio management community within the nuclear industry.
  2. We agree to focus on strategic issues that are specific to the nuclear industry that affect delivery performance.
  3. We agree not to focus on issues such as competence or generic project management and project controls processes since these are covered extensively by project management professional bodies and others. 
  4. We intend to focus our efforts on a small number of key issues that are relevant to the UK nuclear industry.
  5. We will avoid repeating the work of others.
  6. We will collaborate with other organisations and initiatives to integrate innovative practices into the nuclear industry.

The work of the SIG is coordinated by a steering group, headed by the Chair (Thomas Morris). The steering group reports to the NI CEO alongside a NI Board of Trustee (John Clarke). 

Our work so far

Since establishing our initial community in March 2019, we have held bi-monthly meetings which have focused on developing key themes for us to focus. 

We have identified three topics to focus on initially:

  1. Predictability of projects
  2. Culture and its role in project delivery performance
  3. Advancements in delivery models, which includes new ways of organising projects, the impact of digital technology and the Intelligent Customer interface

We have had fantastic representation from a wide group of organisations including site license companies (SLCs), academia, regulators, consultancies, engineering firms and more.  These have covered a wide range of disciplines including project management, project controls, programme management and PMO practitioners, and we are looking to extend representation further. 

How you can contribute or find out more

If you are passionate about projects and motivated to support the nuclear industry enhance its ability to deliver, then we would love to hear from you. Note that we are not just a place for project managers. For us, ‘project management’ encompasses any of the disciplines related to projects, programmes and portfolios including risk management, cost analysis, programme management, benefits management, PMO management, to name but a few.

Click here for our Terms of Reference

If you would like to contribute to this group, please get in touch by emailing the Chair at indicating your interest level (steering group or member).

Content From the SIG

Insights Reports

The Nuclear PM SIG (a joint initiative between the NI and APM) is proud to announce the release of its first Insights Report entitled ‘why nuclear projects suffer from poor predictability’. The report is the product of several months of research conducted by a SIG working group led by Dave Whitmore, Head of Energy at PCubed. This is an exciting development for the Nuclear PM SIG, which aims to contribute by seeking, identifying, studying and solving key issues affecting the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios within the nuclear sector. Predictability is the first of these issues to be addressed by the SIG, and it is hoped that the insights and recommendations contained within the report provoke thought, instigate action and help to improve delivery performance across the sector. The SIG will now be embarking on its second topic: culture in the context of project delivery. If you would like to find out more or get involved, please email

Read the Insights report here


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