A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has been appointed to a prominent position within the energy industry.
Gwen Parry-Jones OBE, who attended Penrhos College, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer at Magnox Ltd, which sees her career come full circle after she started her career in 1989 as a reactor physicist at Magnox’s Wylfa power station.
In 2008 she became the Station Director of Heysham 1 power station and the first woman in the UK to have run a nuclear power station.
During her time at EDF Energy, Gwen was also awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to science and technology.
Gwen is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the incoming President of the Nuclear Institute.
She joins Magnox following her role as Executive Director of Operations Development at Horizon Nuclear Power. Previously, Gwen was Generation Development Director and Safety and Assurance Director at EDF Energy.
The appointment is a vital step towards Magnox Ltd becoming a subsidiary of NDA in September 2019, when Gwen will officially take up her post.
Before starting work as CEO of Magnox, Gwen will be seconded into NDA to support the incoming Magnox leadership team and help lead the transition process.
Gwen, said: “It is a privilege to have been appointed CEO of Magnox Ltd, and to lead on such an important mission to clean up our sites for future generations.
“The Magnox sites have always been at the leading edge of the nuclear industry – leading the programme to decommission them is a fantastic and exciting challenge.
“I look forward to working with my new colleagues across NDA estate, and with Magnox’s highly skilled workforce.”
Gwen recently returned to Rydal Penrhos to speak with pupils for a special news feature that was aired on BBC Wales.