Tom Samson joined NuGen as Chief Executive Officer on 1st June 2015.
He is a renowned infrastructure development specialist, with global experience in developing organisational structures; corporate governance; and joint venture partnership relations.
He joined NuGen from Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) based in Abu Dhabi where, as Chief Operating Officer, he helped develop the company delivering new nuclear units at Barakah, which will supply up to 25 per cent of the Emirate’s electricity by 2020.
UK-born Mr. Samson completed his Bachelor of Engineering studies at Edinburgh’s Napier University in 1990 and began his career in Manchester at GEC Alstom as a design engineer before joining Marubeni Corporation, where over the years he undertook a number of leadership roles in energy and infrastructure projects in the USA, Caribbean, UAE and Europe, gaining a reputation for creating shareholder value and delivering successful projects.
Esa Heiskanen, Director of Project Development, holding the title of Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Esa was previously Chief Executive of Glow Group in Thailand for six years prior to joining NuGen. He previously served as Senior Business Developer for Tractebel Asia, and has also worked for Fortum and Laem Chabang Power Co.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in the international power generation business. He holds a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Helsinki University.
Hideshi Konoki is NuGen’s Chief Financial Officer having been Toshiba’s Chief Specialist for Westinghouse Electric Company. Prior to that he was Vice-President for Strategy at Westinghouse and was President and CEO of EBS Ltd. Hideshi has also worked in senior positions for Softbank Corp. and the Tokyo Trust & Banking.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Waseda University.
Bart Volbrecht is NuGen's Director of Nuclear Operations. Bart has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Brussels University, and a Master's degree of Nuclear Engineering from Gent. He has more than 20 years' experience in the nuclear industry and serving in several management positions at Doel nuclear power station in Belgium. He also has a Master's in Safety Engineering. Bart has served with the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), the nuclear industry’s main global peer review and best practice body. His international expertise in all aspects of safe and reliable nuclear power plant operations has seen him carry out safety reviews at nuclear plants around the world, including in the UK, United States, France, Finland and Argentina.
Gary Shuttleworth is NuGen's Director of Corporate Affairs. Gary started his nuclear career with British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) in 1994 and worked in fuel development, uranium asset management and latterly, in corporate strategy with an emphasis on the Sellafield site. Gary joins NuGen from the company’s technology provider, Westinghouse Electric Company, where he was formerly Director of International Business Development for the AP1000® reactor.
Rene Lauwers is NuGen's Director of Organisation, Process and Performance. Rene has previously worked for Electrabel and ENGIE in marketing, business and project development roles. He has also held senior roles in maintenance in ENGIE's nuclear fleet. He has Master's degrees in both Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from Gent University in Belgium – and joined NuGen in 2011 as Head of Quality Assurance.
James Gray is NuGen’s Director of Safety.
With over 25 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, James has held senior positions in safety, environment and quality in British Nuclear Fuels, EDF Energy, EON and the Environment Agency. He was Safety Director for Dounreay Site Restoration Limited and for Horizon Nuclear Power. James is a Fellow of both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Adam is NuGen’s Talent Management Director.
He joined the company in June 2016 to consolidate and launch talent management - including Human Resources (HR) and Learning - in NuGen. Adam has over 20 years HR specialist and generalist experience gained in large organisations, including in the nuclear and energy sectors. Previously, Adam worked at EDF Energy, where he was Head of Human Resources for the Hinkley Point C project. Adam is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.