Clearheaded international spokesperson
on the role of nuclear

Bill Emmott"Does the World Need Nuclear Energy?"

Dame Sue Ion FRS

Honorary President National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN)



Dame Sue represents the UK on a number of international review and oversight committees for the nuclear sector including the Euratom Science and Technology Committee which she Chairs, and the US Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advisory committee. She was the UK’s representative on the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy 2000-2006.

She was a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology from 2004-2011, a member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 1994-2001, and chaired the Fusion Advisory Board for the Research Councils between 2006 and 2012.

Sue's background is in materials science/metallurgy. She gained a first class honours from Imperial College in 1976 and a PhD in 1979 before joining BNFL where she was Group Director of Technology 1992-2006. She was appointed Visiting Professor Imperial College in 2006 and of London South Bank University in 2011 and has been a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Manchester since 2004 becoming Deputy Chair in 2015.

She was Vice President and Member of Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering between 2002 and 2008 and is Chair of its MacRobert Committee.