The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has appointed Dr Colin Bayliss to the new position of planning director. Bayliss, who takes up the Dounreay post at the end of the month, will take responsibilities formerly held by the director of Dounreay, Dr Roy Nelson.
The job involves developing long-term plans for the decommissioning of UKAEA’s £7.2bn of nuclear liabilities. Bayliss joins UKAEA from a two-year association with UK Nirex, having worked on many major projects including the Channel Tunnel for TML.
* Glenn Timms will take up the post of director for corporate development at the end of this month for Senior Engineering. Previously head of corporate finance at Guinness, Timms is to be responsible for the global acquisition programme, which is a stated priority of Andrew Parrish, the group chief executive who was appointed earlier this year.
Senior has also appointed a division director for Flexonics North America. Director Bill Kowal worked as vice-president of finance for Flexonics before Senior took it over in 1992.
Bill McNinch is the operations director for Weir Group’s subsidiary Weir Westgarth. McNinch previously worked as senior project manager on petrochemical projects.
Gordon Boyd has taken extra responsibilities as deputy managing director of Mayflower Vehicle Systems. He retains his role as manufacturing director but will also be involved with business strategy and corporate development.
Birmid Holdings’ chief executive Malcolm Ray has now taken over as chairman of Thyssen Budd’s automotive powertrain division. Ray has also recently been appointed as president of the Institute of British Foundrymen.
Sean Wigmore is general manager for CorinTech. Previously production manager, Wigmore has introduced new manufacturing and control techniques to the firm.
Dr Graham Ogden takes on the new post of research and development director at Rotork Controls, in a promotion from his previous position as the company’s electronics development manager.
The European Space Agency has appointed Italian Antonio Rodote, as its director general for the next four years. Rodote, who succeeds Jean-Marie Luton, was previously chief executive at Alenia Aerospazio.
The Parliamentary Group for Engineering Development has elected a new committee following the General Election. Heading the forum is chairman William Olner, Labour MP for Nuneaton and vice-chairman in the previous parliament. Other members include Conservative MPs Richard Page (Herts south and west) as a vice-chairman; and Ian Taylor (Esher and Walton) is now honourary secretary. Both were ministers in the previous Government, Page for small businesses, and Taylor for science and technology.