On Thursday 19 April 2018, CRA attended the 26th Annual Nuclear Institute Western Branch (NIWB) dinner and the Speed Mentoring event prior to it. It was a great evening with about 300 people from across the nuclear sector attending the dinner.
CRA was pleased to sponsor the Speed Mentoring event that was organised by NIWB in collaboration with Women in Nuclear (WiN). WiN’s Speed Mentoring events have been successfully running for several years, providing a platform for young professionals to get advice and support from industry leaders. Mike Zammett, one of CRA’s Principal Consultants, was one of the ten volunteer mentors.
Picture from the Speed Mentoring event. Mike Zammett 3rd on the left, Anna Ellis (NIWB chair) 6th on the left.
The Speed Mentoring session was considered a great success by both the mentees and mentors with the mentees gaining some sage advice and the mentors gaining a new perspective on the industry.
After the event Mike stated:
“I think I got as much out of it as the mentees; we all work in the same industry and in some cases the same companies. However, the experiences can vary so much between individuals based on their: discipline, age, location, experience and outlook. Today, I think we focussed primarily on ‘experience’ and indirectly ‘age’, but there are so many other factors that impact our working lives. From this event I have a greater appreciation of how my actions can influence others career paths and this experience has encouraged me to think more deeply how I can bring more positivity to the workplace.”
This year’s dinner was held at the Marriott Bristol City Centre Hotel and started with a welcome drinks reception followed by a formal meal. Guests from Horizon, EDF Nuclear Generation, and NNB Generation joined the CRA table. One of CRA’s consultants, Viktorija Zaksaite, was seated at the top table as part of the dinner organising committee as a reward for all her hard work organising the event.
The evening was hosted by NIWB Chair Anna Ellis; with a keynote speech by Richard McMeekin Submarine Delivery Agency Chief Engineer from the Ministry of Defence. A charity raffle was organised in support of the ‘Bloodbikers’ who deliver blood to the scenes of accidents via motorcycle; helping saves lives by getting to accident sites quicker. In support of this worthy cause CRA generously donated a prize for the charity raffle.
CRA would like to thank NIWB for such a great evening.