The Government White Paper launched on 24 July 2014 sets out RWM’s role as the developer of a geological disposal facility (GDF) and clearly positions the public at the centre of any final decision-making on where it is sited. To support this enhanced role RWM identified a need for two new Director positions – Geological Disposal Facility Siting Director and Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Director.
Bruce McKirdy, RWM Managing Director, is delighted to announce that on 9 March 2015 Natalyn Ala will join RWM as Geological Disposal Facility Siting Director and Ivan Stone as Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Director.
Natalyn Ala – Geological Disposal Facility Siting Director
Natalyn joins us from Atkins Limited where she has worked for the past 14 years in a number of senior roles, most recently as Director of Land and Environmental Management. Natalyn brings 25 years of experience in environmental projects for commercial and government organisations both in the UK and internationally. With a technical specialism as a hydrogeologist, Natalyn has presented at international conferences on topics such as shale gas and climate change.
Natalyn brings knowledge of ground and groundwater investigations and conceptualisation, land contamination risk assessment and remediation, waste characterisation and environmental risks and liabilities associated with energy, infrastructure, and land regeneration projects, which is particularly relevant to this new role in the company. Particular projects for which she has provided technical leadership in recent years are Sizewell C Power Station, High Speed Two Limited, Crossrail, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and London 2012 Olympic Park.
In the delivery of her projects Natalyn has extensive experience communicating with and providing consultancy advice to a variety of stakeholders, including planning authorities, environmental regulators, government, universities and research organisations, land owners, residents and local communities and advisory groups.
Natalyn is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Geologist and a Council Member and Fellow of the Geological Society of London and Secretary for their Professional Committee.
Ivan Stone – Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Director
Ivan joins us from High Speed Two Limited, where he is currently leading the stakeholder and engagement programme for Euston Station, and brings over 25 years of experience in delivering nationally significant infrastructure and development both in the UK and internationally.
In 2002 Ivan joined Copper Consultancy Limited as an Executive Director, subsequently building the company’s reputation as a specialist stakeholder communications company for infrastructure and development projects including the M6 Toll for Midland Expressway Limited, and major gas transmission pipelines and high voltage electricity transmission lines for National Grid.
Ivan has built relationships with many local communities and stakeholders directly affected by major infrastructure proposals. He has worked with them through design and planning processes including formal pre-application consultation required by the Planning Act 2008, which is particularly relevant to this new role in the company.
Ivan is a Bachelor of Commerce and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
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