The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has appointed Mark Foy as its new Chief Nuclear Inspector for an inital five-year fixed term.

Foy has 30 years' experience working across the civil and nuclear defence industry, and has spent the last four years as ONR's Deputy Chief Nuclear Inspector.

ONR’s Chair, Nick Baldwin, said Foy's "combination of personal integrity, technical and regulatory knowledge and personal leadership skills made him an excellent candidate for the highest regulatory role in ONR and he was the panel’s unanimous choice."

Foy said that as Chief Nuclear Inspector he will focus on maintaining effective and efficient regulation of the industry by a competent and independent ONR, able to adapt to changing environments.

He suceeds Dr. Richard Savage who announced he was stepping down as Chief Nuclear Inspector in September for personal reasons.

Photo: Mark Foy has been appointed ONR Chief Nuclear Officer effective 30 October