Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

18 Nov 2020

Matt Gallimore announced as chair of NIA fusion group

Assystem leader will bring insight from the company’s twenty years supporting fusion projects 

Assystem, a leading fusion engineering company with seven UK bases, including head offices in Blackburn, has announced that its Chief Sales Officer, Matt Gallimore, will be the new chair of Nuclear Industry Association’s (NIA) fusion working group.  

Matt’s role will be to provide strategic oversight to the NIA group that will link members with opportunities in the UK fusion sector, as well as coordinating with government departments such as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to profile industry expertise and generate connections for the fusion industry. 

 Matt said: “The UK’s ambition to develop commercial fusion power by 2040 has placed significant focus on the reality of fusion energy.  The UKAEA’s experiments present opportunities for the nuclear supply chain and the fusion Group will be the link between this emerging industry and NIA member businesses who have the skills and capability to bring to these research programmes.”

 Tom Greatrex, CEO of NIA, said: “I am pleased that Matt Gallimore is taking on the role of chair of our Fusion Working Group. Fusion research exemplifies the best of UK nuclear science and innovation, and the NIA looks forward to working with Matt to highlight the promise of fusion technology.”

 Assystem has been involved in the development of fusion technology for decades. Today Assystem is a leading member of ITER’s Engage and Momentum consortia and leads on the delivery of the Divertor Remote Handling System (DRHS) for ITER.  Assystem also supports the Institute of Plasma Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP) on the development of the China Fusion Energy Test Reactor (CFETR) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) with their experiments.

Original press release.