The Nuclear non-proliferation project is led by the following Working Group of experts:

Professor Roger Cashmore FRS (Chair)

Principal of Brasenose College at Oxford University. He is a former Director of Research and Deputy Director General of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) where he was responsible for the experimental programme at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Currently his research interests focus on the LHC using the Atlas detector in which Oxford University is involved, and the search for dark matter in underground experiments. Roger is Chairman of UKAEA and Chairman of the Ministry of Defence’s Nuclear Research Advisory Council.

Professor Jonathan Billowes

Head of the Nuclear Physics Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester and Director of Education at the Dalton Nuclear Institute. His research interests are in laser spectroscopy of radioactive atoms. Jon is the course director for the MSc in Nuclear Science and Technology run by the UK university Nuclear Technology Education Consortium, and is Principal Investigator for the university consortium delivering the Nuclear Engineering Doctorate programme.

Professor Wyn Bowen

Director of the Centre for Science and Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at Kings College London. His research interests include nuclear proliferation, non-proliferation and counter-proliferation. Wyn served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee for inquiries into 'The Decision to go to War with Iraq,' (2003) and 'Weapons of Mass Destruction,' (2000).

Dr Christine Brown

Consultant on variety of nuclear energy issues since retiring in 2006. Christine began her professional career with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority where her work included the use of plutonium containing fuels in fast reactors. By the late 1980s, she led the UK contribution to the European Fast Reactor Fuels and Materials programme. In 1995, she joined the British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) Thermal MOX team at Sellafield to lead the technical development work required to support this part of BNFL’s business. In 2002, Christine joined the US Department of Energy Blue Ribbon Panel formed to advise its Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee on the Proliferation Resistant Characteristics of Recycle Fuels.

Professor Robin Grimes

Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College London. His research interests include radiation damage, nuclear fuels and waste form behaviour, ionic conductivity and defect processes for fuel cell materials, surface structural processes and interfaces between glass and ceramic. He was recently appointed Principal Investigator of the Research Councils multi-university initiative ‘Keeping the Nuclear Option Open’.

Dr Roger Howsley

Director of the World Institute for Nuclear Security. Previously he was the Director of Security, Safeguards and International Affairs for BNFL. He led BNFL's response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, assessing and leading the programme of security enhancements at BNFL sites and interacting with Government at all levels. Since 2001 he has served on the IAEA Director-General's Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation.

Professor Francis Livens

Director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research in the School of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. His research interests include actinide chemistry, contamination and decontamination processes in both natural and engineered environments, and isotopic fingerprinting of trace radionuclides. He is a member of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.

Professor John Simpson

John Simpson recently retired as the Director of the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies at the University of Southampton. His research interests include the evolution of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other international mechanisms to prevent nuclear proliferation. John has been an advisor to the UK delegation to NPT Preparatory Committee Sessions and Review Conferences (1999-present). He is also a principal researcher in a consortium tasked from 2008 onwards by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to produce an integrated Approach to a Sustainability Assessment of Nuclear Power.

Professor Peter Styles

Professorial Research Fellow, and Head Applied and Environmental Geophysics Research Group, Keele University. Former Director of the Research Institute for the Environment, Physical Sciences & Applied Mathematics at Keele University. Peter is currently a member of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Geosphere Characterisation Panel looking at repository site selection, characterization and construction of a geological radioactive waste facility. A former President of the Geological Society of London, Peter is a Board member of the British Geological Survey. Peter is also Chair, Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Low-Carbon Group

Nuclear non-proliferation

'Fuel cycle stewardship in a nuclear renaissance'
published in October 2011

Evidence gathering
conducted in 2010 and 2011

Project details and Working Group
announced early 2010