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Dame Sue Ion

Expert advisor on the Nuclear Power Industry

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Place of Birth
Penwortham High School for Girls; Imperial College, London

Sue Ion has been a prominent figure in the UK nuclear industry for decades. She has chaired the EU Euratom Science and Technology Committee since 2010, and represents the UK on a number of international committees as an expert on nuclear fuel manufacture and technology. She began her career at British Nuclear Fuels Ltd in 1979, acting as Chief Technology Director from 1992 until 2006, where she controlled a £100 million research and development budget.

"When I was at school it was quite different. You were given every encouragement possible to do science subjects if you were interested in them."
Sue Ion

She has been a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Manchester since 2004, and was appointed Visiting Professor of Imperial College in 2006. She was a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Dame Sue Ion: 'There's a big issue to try and get engineering raised in its profile in schools'

Dame Sue Ion says that in certain schools engineering is still seen as a subject for boys.

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