Executive Team

Seth Kybird

Managing Director

Following four years as INS’ Commercial Director, in October 2017, Seth Kybird was appointed Managing Director of INS on an acting basis and made permanent Managing Director in November 2018.

Seth began his career with Deloitte, qualifying as an Accountant in the London practice, before joining KPMG’s Transaction Services team, focusing on M&A. He then spent a number of years as a strategy consultant, working for a number of commercial and government clients, across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on the nuclear industry. Clients included UK Atomic Energy Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Horizon and INS. Seth also spent time working for the UK Government’s Shareholder Executive team, focusing on the management of nuclear legacies through the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority(NDA) as well as the development of the UK new build programme. He joined the NDA in 2012, focusing on government relations before his move to INS.

Khalil Bukhari

Head of Legal

Khalil Bukhari has been the INS Head of Legal since 2008, and is an experienced commercial lawyer with significant experience of managing legal and compliance risk at a national and international level. Prior to INS, Khalil qualified as a corporate/commercial lawyer in private practice before moving in-house to GE to advise its global leasing business on a diverse range of legal and compliance issues in a multi-jurisdictional environment.

Khalil is a regular conference speaker and lecturer on nuclear law as well as Chair of the International Nuclear Law Association’s Transport Law Working Group. In addition to supporting the UK Government on nuclear law issues, Khalil holds a range of leadership positions as a nuclear law expert within the nuclear industry (IAEA, Nuclear Energy Agency, International School of Nuclear Law) with the aim of increasing cooperation and understanding of nuclear law and related liability issues at a global level.

Peter Buchan

Operations Director

In March 2015, Peter Buchan moved from the role of Business Development and Corporate Responsibility Director to become the Director of Shipping, and from 1st April 2019 was appointed Operations Director.

Peter has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and has vast experience working with European and Japanese customers, most recently in MOX and transport areas. Peter joined the nuclear industry with BNFL in 1991 and in the early part of his career he worked in the reprocessing and MOX commercial area, following which he served as Special Assistant to a BNFL Board director and spent just under four years as a General Manager in the BNFL Japan Tokyo Office.

Alaine Greaves

Finance and People Director

Since 2004, Alaine Greaves has been the Head of Finance for International Nuclear Services and became Finance Director of International Nuclear Services in April 2008. More recently on the 1st April 2019, Alaine became Finance and People Director adding Human Resources to her role.

Alaine commenced her career with Deloitte and Touche, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and then spent 2 years with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Alaine joined BNFL in 2001 and was responsible for BNFL Group’s Financial Accounts team and Treasury Back Office functions at its Corporate Centre in Daresbury.

Clare Lea

Business Reporting Manager

Clare joined the Executive Team in 2018 in the role of Business Reporting Manager.

She joined INS in 2009, as part of the MOX Commercial team, and spent nine years in the Commercial Directorate focusing on directorate business performance before moving on to her role with the Executive.

Clare started her career in the nuclear industry in 1990. She spent 19 years working in Human Resources and Payroll, with particular focus on HR and payroll systems and reporting, attendance management and student/graduate recruitment within BNFL and BNFL Engineering, prior to her move to INS.

Jennifer Nugent

Head of Technical

In January 2018, Jennifer Nugent was appointed Head of Technical, managing a team of engineers and regulatory specialists delivering package design and licensing solutions to the nuclear industry.

Jennifer has worked in the Nuclear industry for over 20 years, originally joining BNFL in the Research and Technology team at the Springfields site but soon moved to be the Site Consignor for the Transport of Radioactive Materials. From there in 2004 Jennifer joined INS in the licensing team, responsible for package design safety case development and regulator liaison.

Jennifer has a BSc(Hons) in Process Biotechnology and a Post Graduated Diploma in Environmental Assessment.

Chris Watson

Strategy & Technical Director

In April 2016, Chris Watson joined INS as Business Services Director following almost 10 years with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).  On the 1st April 2019, Chris moved to his new role as Strategy & Technical Director for INS.

Chris began his career in environmental consultancy on flood and coastal defences for the likes of Environment Agency and Harwich Haven Authority. He progressed to nuclear environmental, managing contracts with Sellafield Ltd and LLWR. In 2001 Chris joined RM Consultants (now Areva RMC) and became a Safety Case specialist for the nuclear sector. From 2006 onwards Chris held several management roles in the NDA.

Chris has an BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and MSc in Oceanography. He has considerable experience in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management; Assurance; and Health and Safety.

Ben Whittard

Director of Safety, Security & Environment

In May 2019 Ben Whittard was appointed Director of Safety, Security & Environment (SSE) following three years as INS’s Head of Security & Resilience.

Ben joined INS in late 2013 from the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation where he served as a Senior Inspector covering the nuclear transport sector and the Sellafield Nuclear Site.

Ben has an MSc in International Security, is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) and is a member of the UK’s Security Institute. He is currently Chair of the World Nuclear Transport Institute’s (WNTI) Transport Security Working Group and speaks regularly around the world on nuclear transport safety, security and resilience matters.

Sam Wilkinson

Head of Communications & Stakeholder Relations

Sam has been Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at INS since June 2015 where he oversees a team that provides a full range of internal and external communications activities.

Sam joined INS after three years at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority where he was primarily responsible for internal communications and employee engagement.

Sam started his career in central government where he held a number of positions including several years at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister where he was Private Secretary to three successive Ministers for Housing. After leaving Whitehall Sam went on to take up communications responsibilities at the Government Office North West where he was media advisor to the Minister for the North West.

Kian Woodward

INS Commercial Director

In October 2017 Kian Woodward was appointed to the role of INS Commercial Director. Prior to this he had been a Head of Commercial, responsible for the Residue Return and PNTL Services (RRPS) team in INS.

Kian joined INS in March 2013 and has held a number of commercial management positions in the company. As Head of RRPS Kian was responsible for the management of the Japanese shipping contracts and during this time he successfully completed a number of major, complex commercial deals, involving interaction from global nuclear utilities, organisations, Regulators and Governments.

After graduating from UMIST with a degree in Chemistry and Management, Kian joined Tata Steel and spent five years in manufacturing management roles, followed by roles in Corporate Strategy and Market Development. During his time at Tata Steel Kian also gained an MBA from Manchester University.