Technical and Social Events


As would be expected during this difficult time, we are not planning any events, however,  if you are interested in presenting or hosting a lecture at some point in the future, or have any other queries, contact

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Committee Members

Chairman - Ian Reynolds
Ian has been a member for 20 years and recently joined the Cumbria section. He served his apprenticeship as an Instrument Artificer at ICI . He worked for some Instrument manufacturers, and is now an RE at Sellafield .

Vice-Chairman & Treasurer - Grant Hodgson

Grant joined the Cumbria Section Committee in 2015.  Having worked in various maintenance and electronic engineering jobs around the Sellafield site, Grant became an SL employee in 2007 where he spent 5 years in maintenance and then 5 years in System Engineering. He now works in Design.

Honorary Secretary - David Jones
Dave has been on the Cumbria Committee since 2010. He started his career at Sellafield as a Instrument Technician Apprentice in 1993, and has moved through Maintenance Support, Pre Ops and Design before taking on his role as System Engineer Plant Wide Systems in one of the sites main priority buildings. Recently he has taken up a role in the central engineering function working as a lead on engineering improvements across the business.

Education Officer - Paul Fairclough
Fellow of the Institute of Measurement & Control 
Director of Teaching and Learning for the National College for Nuclear
Section Leader for the Dept of Higher Engineering Technology (University of the Highlands – North Highland College) 
Senior Lecturer in Control Engineering 
Control Systems Engineer (Nuclear) 
Research Technician 

Previous education: 

Loughborough University 
Huddersfield University


Committee Member - Johnathan Kane
Jonathan joined BNFL as an apprentice from school in 1997 completing the 4 year apprenticeship scheme and being offered a position as an E&I craftsman. He started his career working in the legacy silos area covering MSSS, PFCS and EDT and becoming Assistant Team Leader for the multi discipline craft team. He moved across to Legacy Ponds as a Maintenance Support Engineer in 2004 and worked his way to become the lead for three plants and Subject Matter Expert. Following a site restructure he was offered a multi discipline position as System Engineer for a new plant coming online to handle radioactive sludges. He was part of the team which brought this online and has continued this into full operations as the Engineering Authority and System Engineer for the plant. During this time he went back to college to complete a BEng(Hons) in Engineering Systems. He have since taken on additional systems covering effluent handling and leakage detection systems within other facilities and has become the Lead System Engineer for these plants. He have also attained my Chartership through the Institute.  His main areas of interest and knowledge are level detection and monitoring systems including pneumercator/dip pipe based, Radar and Sonar as well as extending his learning into instrument systems for condition based monitoring

Past Events

Flexim Lunch and Learn - 11th March 2020

It was our pleasure to host #Flexim's Lars Vogel, Andy Hammond and Simon Millington for our 2nd “Lunch and Learn” session at Sellafield. It was a good turn out and I think we all benefited from a good lecture. Thanks to Flexim and all who attended.

Flexim answering questions post lecture.

Energus Student Brief on Institute membership - 2nd September 2019

It was great to visit the new degree students at Energus to give a brief on the benefits of Institute membership. Representatives from InstMC, IET and IChemE were present to give a join talk and answer questions to the students just beginning their engineering careers.

West CumbriaSection Honourary Seretary Dave Jones waxing lyrical about Institute Membership

University of Cumbria Graduation - 18th July 2019

Grant once again got one of the nicest job in West Cumbria Section when he got to attend one of The University of Cumbria's graduation ceremonies. The University and its partners Gen2 are clearly thriving, with so many students graduating. It was great to see a good few faces I knew among the graduands. Congratulations to all of you.

The Institute of Measurement and Control West Cumbria Sections Student of the year award was presented to Michael Green. Special thanks to Yokogawa UK and their representative Mark Halliwell for sponsoring our new trophy, which I hope will have pride of place in Michael's home for the next twelve months.

Presenting our 2019 Student of the Year Award

West Cumbria Big Bang - June 18th 2018

Around 500 students attended Energus, Ian Reynold and Grant Hodgson manned the Institute stand this year, talking to enthusiastic potential future engineers about how instrumentation and control effect their daily lives, from pouring there co-co pops and traffic lights, to Formula One car telemetry helping teams to push their car forwards.

Gen2 Higher Education Ceremony - February 16th

The honour fell to Grant Hodgson this year to present our student of the year award.  The winner this year was Daniel Bell for his degree in Plant Engineering.


Applied Photonics

Applied Photonics Ltd is a UK company specialising in technology based on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). Already involved in testing explosives with the US military, they are currently carrying out testing of dust particles in nuclear filter systems.

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Studsvik Waste Treatment Presentation - March 2008

The March 2008 presentation on Waste Treatment from Studsvik UK's Joe Robinson (Ceng, Cenv, MCIWEM)



Committee Position

Home Contact

Business Contact

Ian Reynolds

Sellafield Sites Ltd
Seascale, Cumbria
CA20 1PG 
019467 85670 

Vice-Chairman & Treasurer
Grant Hodgson
01900 68400
07884 315 302


Sellafield Sites Ltd
Seascale, Cumbria
CA20 1PG 
019467 77971
Honorary Secretary
David Jones

Sellafield Sites Ltd
Seascale, Cumbria
CA20 1PG 
019467 84179


Education Officer 
Paul Fairclough

01228 598410                                      

National College for Nuclear
Blackwood Road, Lillyhall
01900 839300