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Mott MacDonald appoints Richard Waite as new nuclear head

Mott MacDonald has appointed nuclear specialist Richard Waite to lead its new nuclear generation business.

Mr Waite has spent more than 35 years working in the nuclear and defence industries. He will be responsible for developing Mott MacDonald’s nuclear new build offering by growing its client base and delivering major projects in the UK and overseas.

He joins from the Canadian Nuclear Energy Alliance where he oversaw the delivery of the multi-billion pound decommissioning of the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories in Ontario.

Before that, Mr Waite spent five years as director for engineering and programme delivery at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, as well as a period as its acting chief executive.

He also held the role of director of projects for the now-defunct Nuclear Electric, which was bought by Hinkley Point C developers EDF Energy in 2010.

As commercial nuclear director at CH2M, Mr Waite was involved in the delivery of the UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant and the development of Polska Grupa Energetyczna’s nuclear offering in its native Poland.

Mott MacDonald managing director for power Peter Black said: “Richard’s in-depth knowledge of project management and delivery, commercial awareness and technical ability will make him a great asset to our new nuclear generation initiative.

“His extensive contacts and networks in the nuclear sector will help raise our profile, win more work and attract high calibre staff.”

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