Sara Johnston BSc (Hons), PhD, CEng, Eur Ing, FIMechE, FNI, FWES

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Sara has a background in Nuclear power generation, waste management and decommissioning; a 1st degree and PhD in Nuclear Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute and a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society

Sara has 25 years of Project/Programme management experience in the UK nuclear industry on a range of projects and programmes, including construction, design, safety case, waste management and decommissioning with overall responsibility and accountability for all aspects such as delivery, commercial, scheduling, project controls, risk management, health & safety, change management, profit and cash flow. She has also undertaken the role of Project management head of profession.

Sara has operated at a senior management level in private sector contracting and public sector NDPB in all cases reporting to an Executive Director. She is very people oriented and a strong team player. She has an established capability to manage all aspects of a large and growing business from marketing through to project closure. This has included development of Strategy and its implementation, management of multidisciplinary programmes and teams including design, safety, documentation and site activities to meet the requirements of the programme, with submissions to Regulators and dealing with responses. Her work has included a requirement to work extensively with Stakeholders at both a local and national level, including management of statutory consultations and support to a Public Inquiry.

Sara also has Director level experience with 3 years as an Employer nominated Trustee Director of a £2.5Bn Pension scheme and 6 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director of a circa £65M/annum Nuclear Rail Company.

Sara joined WES in the late 70’s and was an active member of the Manchester Branch, including being Branch Chairman. Sara was also an active participant in the IMechE and NI as well as participating in a number of activities on behalf of the Engineering Council. Due to work commitments these activities have reduced in more recent years.

Throughout her career Sara has provided support to others to encourage them to take up STEM careers and to help them develop their careers. This has included; CEI Opening Windows on Engineering and WISE– talks to school children, Judge for NW regional finals of Young Engineer for Britain and NW Regional Engineering Education scheme, Member of Manchester Metropolitan University Industrial Academic Advisory Board, Interviewing at Universities to recruit graduates, Mentoring support to graduate trainees, Registered Industrial mentor support to trainees on IMechE Monitored Professional Development Training scheme – assessment of training and competency record and support for membership application.

Although Sara has now retired she continues to support Women in Nuclear including Speed Mentoring at Nuclear Events. More recently she has been trained to be a Nuclear Institute Assessor member for individual applications or apprenticeship scheme approvals for membership of the Institute.