Inspiring Women Into Nuclear



Cavendish Nuclear was proud to be platinum sponsors for this year’s Women in Nuclear conference held on 31st January in London.  The event was attended by around 200 women and men from across the nuclear industry.

Supporting this event reiterates Cavendish Nuclear’s commitment to enhancing the professional development of women, inspiring the next generation of women into the nuclear industry and to raising its profile and brand to increase the number of women joining Cavendish Nuclear.

A part of the conference there was an awards ceremony, which recognised individuals who are delivering inspiring work to address the gender balance.

Fiona Bruce, Executive Support Manager for Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (a subsidiary of the Cavendish Dounreay Partnership), was shortlisted for Champion of the Year for her work in launching and developing the Dounreay Women’s network.  She has led from the front and provided strong, visible and passionate leadership with the aim of supporting Dounreay to become the leading business within the NDA estate for women in leadership roles within the next two years.

Joining the Women in Nuclear’s President, Jack Gritt, on stage to co-present the awards, Cavendish Nuclear’s Commercial Director, Beverley Grey commented,

“Having worked in the nuclear industry for 12 years, I have started to see some change during this period but there is still work to be done to ensure an equal playing field. I was proud to have had the opportunity, on behalf of Cavendish Nuclear, to co-present these awards, which recognise the excellent work being delivered to help address the nuclear industry's gender balance”

During the last 18 months, Cavendish Nuclear has been making visible changes to support both the development and recruitment of women. Highlights include:

  • In December 2016 we launched our Women’s Network in Cavendish. This was established by one of our Executive board members and supported by our Chief Executive as the Executive sponsor.
  • We are proud that a third of our graduate community have been young women in recent years
  • All of our graduates are STEM ambassadors.
  • We’ve introduced blind recruitment into our recruitment strategy to ensure fairness and equality
  • Maternity pay arrangements have been revised and improved
  • We are delivering an acceptance rate of 98% for flexible working requests
  • At present, we have 38% female representation at board and senior exec level, an improvement from 20% in 2014.