Radiation Safety Training – Our Trainers

Our trainers are accredited Radiation Protection Advisers (RPA's) who have extensive experience in both standard and bespoke radiation safety training courses.

Marcia Oliver

Marcia Oliver

Marcia is the Training Manager for the Nuvia Health Physics Training Product and has extensive experience in delivering Nuvia radiation safety training courses and in the development of bespoke courses for clients from around the world.  Marcia is one of Nuvia’s RPAs and has been working in the radiation industry for over 20 years.  Marcia has vast experience in advising a large range of Companies working with ionising radiation including different security applications, thickness gauges, nuclear density gauges, medical and veterinary X-ray equipment and unsealed radioactive materials.

Marcia has provided radiological protection training for over 10 years.  Her practical and theoretical experience and her detailed knowledge of the various courses, enables her to present clear and lively training sessions which receives positive feedback from delegates.

Gordon Gallacher

Gordon Gallacher

Gordon has extensive experience in solid radioactive waste plant on nuclear licensed sites and criticality accident dosimetry and radiation emergency response.

Gordon's recent project experience includes working as a Building Health Physicist in a solid radioactive waste plant at UKAEA Harwell. This has included a variety of duties, such as: provision of Local Rules; carrying out area designation review; investigation into elevated bioassay samples and elevated doses; provision of general radiation protection advice to staff in the facility; provision of radiological risk assessments; checking of environmental discharge calculations for stacks; provision of written arrangements for non-classified staff; assessment of radon levels in key areas and radon dose for key staff; external and internal dose estimates and assessments; provision of radiological protection advice in facility emergency exercises; production of quarterly reports which summarise radiological protection issues; attendance at a variety of HAZOPs (hazard and operability studies); attendance at routine safety meetings; and attendance at safety inspection walkabouts.

Gordon's highly technical background enables him to explain some of the more complex course content with ease and clarity.  He consistently achieves excellent feedback from attendees.

Penny Oliver

Penny Oliver

Penny has worked in the nuclear industry for over 36 years.  Penny was initially involved in carrying out radiochemical experiments for the proposed deep level nuclear waste repositories before moving to Health Physics nearly 20 years ago.  Because of this experience gained as a radiation worker, she has an excellent understanding of the requirements from both sides, both operationally and through training.

Penny has provided RPA support to both the traditional nuclear industry as well as a range of commercial (non-nuclear) customers.

Penny has developed bespoke training courses to meet her client’s requirements.  The feedback from the provision of these training courses has always been positive.  Penny is an empathic trainer and the delegates are normally pleasantly surprised to find that a dry subject can be far more interesting than they ever expected!

Ian Pearman

Ian Pearman

Ian has been in the Radiation Protection field for over 28 years. Ian's experience spans the nuclear and non-nuclear industries and includes the measurement of radiation along with advising on best practice and legal compliance. Initially starting in the area of internal dosimetry measurements and laboratory gamma spectrometry he became an operational Health Physicist and then RPA. Experience includes practicing and encouraging radiation safety in radioactive decommissioning environments involving very high radiation and contamination levels. In addition he has worked on several land remediation projects and has assisted non nuclear companies after radiological accidents to maintain their business. Ian is a lively presenter who can use his practical experience to apply the training material to real situations producing animated and interesting training courses.

Penny Oliver

Tony Powell

Tony has over 25 years’ experience in radiological protection, working in a wide variety of roles including providing RPA advice and support to users of radiation, nuclear accident response arrangements, CBRN, land remediation, non-ionising radiation and industrial/medical uses of radiation.  Tony spent nearly 5 years working on the New Safe Confinement project at Chernobyl as RPA, establishing radiological protection arrangements for the project.  Tony has worked as an RPA and delivered radiological protection training for 15 years, including design and delivery of bespoke courses for specialist applications and users.

Nick Trafford

Nick Trafford

Nick Trafford has over 25 years’ experience in direct radiological protection activities, working in  various roles in both the nuclear (operational and decommissioning of UK nuclear power plant) and non-nuclear sectors (industrial, medical and veterinary etc).

Nick has worked as an RPA and radiological protection training, providing both RPA legislative advice and radiological protection training to a wide variety of UK industries (at all levels of experience, up to and including RPAs).

Nick is presently a Senior RPA and RWA based at Harwell and provides services to a wide variety of commercial customers requiring experienced RPA/RWA advice and training.

Nick is an experienced trainer who is well known for his flamboyant style which keeps the audiences’ attention at all times.

Dan Clifton-Climas

Dan Clifton-Climas

Dan has worked as an RPA for 6 years working in the non-nuclear industrial users sector mainly, with some work on nuclear projects. Dan has a wide experience of radiation protection issues within industry having acted as RPA to over 70 companies ranging from large multinationals through government bodies to small sole traders, each of these with their own challenges and problems to solve.

Dan has been providing radiological protection training for 6 years. His relaxed and informal approach to delivering training allows the delegates to relax and come forward with questions and comments during the courses. Dan receives very positive feedback from his training courses.

Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright

Jonathan has been a practising Radiation Protection Adviser for 8 years, before which he worked as a Health Physicist and Nuclear Safety Consultant.  In his time with Nuvia Jonathan has gained a wide range of experience in both the Nuclear and non-Nuclear sectors, advising on compliance with legislation including the Ionising Radiations Regulations, Environmental Permitting Regulations as well as best practise in radiation protection.

Jonathan has presented radiation protection training courses to a variety of customers, from international regulators to University departments to security personnel.  Jonathan draws on his experience in various sectors of radiation protection to add context to radiation training courses, and to ensure that delegates can relate to the training being given.”

Paul Kayente

Paul Kayente

Paul is an accredited Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA), Radioactive Waste Advisor (RWA) and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA), and has over 12 years experience of working with radiation and radioactive materials. He provides radiological protection advice and support to the Oil and Gas industry and other non-nuclear industries.

He also spent six years working for the environmental regulators for both England and Wales. During this time he performed a number of roles including giving advice to government officials on national policy matters concerning radioactive substances.

Paul also supports Nuvia’s provision of the out of hours operational and emergency RPA call out service to Nuvia clients as well as conducting specialist radiological protection training tailored to our clients’ needs both in the UK and abroad.

Graham Wales

Graham Wales

Graham has over 25 years’ Health Physics experience and has been an appointed RPA for the past 20 years. He has provided radiological protection support to many industrial and medical disciplines, including Oil and Gas operators, the chemical / petrochemical industry, radiography, down-hole tools, airports, private hospitals and NORM cleaning operations.

He also provides silent hour operational and emergency RPA support to a range of facilities. Graham also lectures in radiological protection to a wide range of staff at all levels and provides RPS / NORM and transport training in the UK and abroad.

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