INS Commercial Manager named new Chair of Women in Nuclear Cumbria branch

One of International Nuclear Services’ longest-serving members of staff has been named Chair of Women in Nuclear’s Cumbria branch.

At an Inspiring Leadership event today, Sheena Taylor replaced Sellafield Ltd’s Claire Gallery-Strong in heading up the organisation, which aims to promote equality and address gender imbalance in the nuclear sector across the region.

The commercial manager, who has 25 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, has been a member of WiN UK since 2015, and was one of the Cumbria branch’s founding members when it launched two years ago.

Sheena said: “I am amazed by what WiN Cumbria has achieved in such a short time, but our success comes because there was an obvious need for the whole WiN movement to begin with.

“There’s a fantastic committee around me – full of the most inspiring women. It’s a privilege to share this platform with them all.

“I’m only able to do these incredible things with WiN Cumbria because of the support of those I work with.

“The INS leadership has always encouraged me, which has allowed me to dedicate time to making WiN Cumbria a success.

“I feel I have the whole of INS behind me.”

As Chair, Sheena aims to build on a number of the organisation’s successes, including:

  • To promote a better working environment for all, by looking at the role of caring policies in promoting or hindering gender balance and diversity
  • Offer more people the chance to gain valuable experiences through encouraging organisations to get involved with the #OpenTheDoor initiative
  • Continuing to promote the delivery of the WiN Cumbria’s skills programme
  • To engage and collaborate with other organisations across the region on best practice

Seth, INS’s managing director, said: “Sheena is a great choice to lead WiN Cumbria given her track record in INS.

“WiN plays a vital role in attracting more women into nuclear, and in supporting their progression through the industry.

“INS will continue to support Sheena and WiN in whatever way it can.”

While Claire added: “Being chair has of this team has been an amazing experience as WiN Cumbria has grown to become an influential voice on behalf of women.

“Sheena is a fantastic role model to other women in the industry, and as civil rights activist Maya Angelou said: ‘When a woman stands up, she stands up not just for herself, but for women everywhere’ and that is a quote that sums Sheena up perfectly.”