NSG Supports Junior Cricket Club

St Mary Bourne Cricket Club in Hampshire is raising funds for new practice nets to support the development of its growing junior and adult sections. The community club has seen an impressive influx of both boys and girls since it revived its junior section two years ago. We recently donated £500 to their cause and wish them all the best in reaching their £10,000 target.

St Mary Bourne CC Juniors

On receipt of our donation, the club commented:

St Mary Bourne CC Juniors were recently founded with an aim to provide local children with the chance to have fun, make new friends and play cricket. With 140+ kids, we have grown so much that the club now needs permanent nets, built by Easter 2023. The money that NSG has kindly donated to these nets has provided us with a massive boost to reach our target. Your contribution is very much appreciated by all at the club. Thank you very much.

More information about the club’s fundraising activities can be found here.

NSG Refurbishes Aldermaston Office

We are pleased to announce the reopening of our Fortuna Court office in Calleva Park, Aldermaston. Over the last few months, the office has undergone extensive refurbishment works to bring it in line with our other high-quality office facilities at Juno House and Achilles House, also in Calleva Park.

Chairman Ian Meffan (left) and Managing Director Jim Porter officially reopening the office

The refurbishment works include a layout reconfiguration, new reception area, welfare facilities, executive board room and other meeting spaces, as well as brand-new office furniture and equipment. We first moved into the office in 2008, which is ideally located to support projects at the adjacent AWE site and also serves as an off-site meeting space.

The space is home to our growing Defence and Consultancy Services teams, and the refurbishment further reinforces our commitment to making NSG a welcoming place for all our staff, contractors and clients.

NSG Defence Team Welcomes New Engineers

We recently welcomed three new engineers to our growing Defence team based at Calleva Park in Aldermaston.

From left to right: Matt Harris (Senior Mechanical Engineer and Graduate Team Leader), Gursimran Singh, James White, Muntasir Sarker and Sailesh Patel (Senior Engineering Manager)

Gursimran Singh joins us as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. Sim, as he is also known, brings with him some fantastic and relevant nuclear experience from his previous job. Muntasir Sarker joins us as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer, who impressed at our recent Graduate Assessment Centre. Muntasir recently graduated from Queen Mary University of London and is looking forward to his initial graduate training period. James White joins us as a Year in Industry student and will be with us until September next year. James is three years into his Chemical with Nuclear Engineering MEng degree course at Imperial College London.

The continued expansion of our Defence and Engineering teams reinforces our commitment to growing and sustaining our long-term engineering capability.

NSG Holds First Graduate Assessment Centre

We recently held our first engineering graduate assessment centre near to our offices in Aldermaston and are delighted to say it was a great success! At the assessment centre, each candidate presented on a topic they were passionate about and took part in a series of ‘speed dating’ interviews before undertaking a group engineering activity building a replica of the MILWEP plant we are currently delivering for Magnox out of straws.

NSG Supports Charity Mind for World Suicide Prevention Day

Saturday 10 September was World Suicide Prevention Day; an event we as a company and our staff have supported for a number of years.

Unfortunately, far too many people have their own personal stories about suicide and this year Fiona Keegan, Project Manager at NSG, bravely shared her own heartbreaking story about the recent passing of her father. In memory of their late father, Fiona’s brother, Andrew, is doing 12 months of fundraising for charity Mind. As part of this, Andrew is running 100km every month alongside other fundraising events and recently completed his 100th run of the year.

Our Health and Wellbeing team wanted to support Andrew and the Keegan family with this challenge, so we asked our staff to get out walking or running over the weekend, with a goal of surpassing 100km as a team. Our staff embraced the fresh air and rose to the challenge, comfortably beating the 100km target.

In recognition of Andrew’s and our team’s efforts, we as a company and some of our staff have made donations to Mind through Andrew’s fundraising page.

NSG Board Appointments

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gareth Wilson as our new Civil Nuclear Director from Monday 5 September. Gareth has been with NSG since 2008 and cut his teeth in engineering roles before becoming a well-respected project manager with a project portfolio that includes major projects for LLWR, AWE and Magnox.

Gareth and Andy

At the same time, incumbent Civil Nuclear Director Andy Deall will take on a new role as Operations Director and will support other NSG directors in delivering NSG’s business strategy and providing operational support and governance. A key part of this role is to provide an operational and delivery link across the business to ensure consistency and drive best practice in all areas of project delivery.

Jim Porter, Managing Director at NSG, commented:

I am delighted to welcome Gareth to the NSG Board and proud of his dedication to developing both himself and his career. He has been a key figure in our projects team for a number of years and has developed lots of strong and positive relationships with our clients, which he will no doubt continue to build upon in his new role. Gareth and Andy will continue to work closely together to ensure we carry on delivering a first-class service to our clients.

NSG Supports NNA Meet the Buyer Event

On Monday 13 June, NSG’s Business Development Manager James Rudd and Buyer Nicola Whittle (pictured) gave a short presentation about NSG’s current and future business and supply chain opportunities at the Northern Nuclear Alliance’s Meet the Buyer event in Birchwood. The event also featured contributions from Sellafield Ltd, Urenco Capenhurst, EDF Sizewell C, Cavendish Nuclear and U-Battery. NSG sponsored the event to encourage closer collaboration between organisations in the nuclear industry and the event was a great success.

Bright Stars Buzzing After Bee Presentation

For this year’s Bright Stars challenge, the students at our partner school Victoria Junior School in Workington have decided to create bee habitats in their local area. Earlier this week, NSG’s Ben Mundow supported Dr Dominic Rhodes MBE, Technical Specialist at Sellafield Ltd and third-generation apiarist, as he gave a presentation to the students on the basics of beekeeping.

Dominic during his presentation

Dominic’s talk explained the importance of bees, why they are so essential to our ecosystem and how the world depends heavily on them. This involved describing their societal hierarchy, behaviour, what and how they pollinate, and how we can encourage bees in our own back garden (borage is a flower that bees particularly love).

Dominic (top left) and Ben (top right) suited up with the students

Dominic passed around honey frames to the class, some of which had beeswax on, and the students were thoroughly engaged and asked many questions, many of which were focused on understanding how we can help bees. After the talk, Dominic handed out bee suits for the children to try on so they could understand what it’s like to be an apiarist, as well as encouraging them to look into the fascinating hobby.

A huge thanks to Dominic for presenting such an interesting and informative talk!

NSG Supports Nuclear North West Event

NSG was proud to support the inaugural Nuclear North West event on Thursday 12 May, which was jointly organised by the Nuclear Industry Association, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, Wales Nuclear Forum and Northern Nuclear Alliance.

James chairing the Decommissioning Panel

In his role as Northern Nuclear Alliance Event Chair, NSG’s James Rudd chaired the Decommissioning Panel which opened up discussions on supply chain opportunities with Sellafield Ltd, the PPP framework, Magnox Ltd and the recently amalgamated Nuclear Waste Services. James also supported a session with Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, Wales Nuclear Forum and the Northern Nuclear Alliance which explored closer collaboration between companies from different regions.

NSG Team Complete UK2Ukraine Challenge

A massive thank you to our staff, contractors, suppliers and all those that supported our UK2Ukraine challenge. We are delighted to announce that the NSG team smashed the 3,460-mile target (the distance from our head office in Chorley to Kyiv and back), racking up a total of 4,209 miles during the duration of the challenge.

This was achieved through a combination of walking, running, cycling, rowing, swimming and skiing. Special thanks to FitBox in Chorley and The Gym in Basingstoke for loaning us an exercise bike each and Lifestyle Fitness in Newbury for offering free gym passes during the challenge.

The £3,460 fundraising target was also smashed, with an amazing total of £5,559.38 being donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. This total includes our commitment to match every penny raised by our staff and contractors. The funds raised will provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance to those directly affected by the crisis.