I retired from ONR seven years ago, then did some consultancy for a few years.
I was a Superintending Inspector of nuclear installations and professional lead for radiation protection in ONR. Latterly, I supported the IAEA in a mission to South America regarding the [then] new International BSS, and also a working group on RP aspects of nuclear decommissioning.
The camaraderie within ONR and the interesting mix of engineering, technical, and human factors needed to work as a nuclear regulator.
In the early 1970s, there was legislation covering factories: Ionising Radiations (Unsealed Radioactive Substances) Regulations 1968 and Ionising Radiations (Sealed Sources) Regulations 1969 – both fairly prescriptive but not applicable in many places where ionising radiation was present. Whereas today we have the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017, which have a far more comprehensive coverage and are much less prescriptive. The science behind the regulations has changed significantly as well, e.g. radiation risk estimates have been revised, and Roentgens/rads/rems have changed to Gy/Sv.
Respected, professional, useful.
The May 2011 SRP meeting where I gave a presentation on Basic Safety Standards; it generated quite a lot of interest at the time, and heralded a significant change in UK legislation.
My wife, Carol.
Bridge, golf, crown green bowls and hill walking.
An astronomer like Patrick Moore.
Fiction: a historical murder mystery – Dissolution by C J Sanson.
Non-fiction: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
It would be interesting to be John Bishop and see how many people I could make laugh!
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles (written by George Harrison) was already my favourite, and was made special when I walked my daughter Beth down the aisle to it.
To be like Superman – not only would it be great fun, but you could be a superhero by doing good.
The most exciting thing was sub-aqua diving on the Great Barrier Reef with my daughter Heather, and seeing sharks only a few metres away.
Life of Brian.
My Dad’s watch.
Viewranger – a GPS walking app that has lots of free maps (you can buy OS maps).
When I was at NRPB, a colleague and I were loading a car prior to surveying some cathode ray screens with a Victoreen 440RF (an expensive radiation measuring instrument). I was carrying far too much, and something slipped and fell. My colleague. fearing it was the Victoreen, put his foot out to break its fall and prevent its damage….but unfortunately for him it was a lead sheet!
Fish and chips.
Martin Rees – Astronomer Royal. I saw him speak at the Hay Festival and he was very enthusiastic, and fascinating.
"I intend to live forever, or die trying…"
To go back to the Great Barrier Reef, and dive with my daughters.
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