NIS welcomes Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

NIS were delighted to host the Lancashire Fire and Rescue services during a training scenario using our test tower.

During one of the Fire Services routine facility inspections it was identified that our test tower and purpose-built rigs offer the perfect training facility to carry out challenging rescue training for Fire Crews and the Urban Search and Rescue Team which is based at Chorley Fire Station.

The scenario was based on unconscious personnel being trapped within a vessel accessible via the top of the NIS test tower. The subsequent rescue involved accessing the test tower via a second story access hatch and abseiling down the inside of the tower. When the ground floor casualty had been assessed and stabilized, they were placed on a stretcher and raised to the nearest access point using a system of ropes before being lowered using the new Ariel Ladder Platform and handed over to Paramedics.

Crew Manager Ian Turnbull stated “Training like this is invaluable to ensure that our teams are prepared for any emergency that is thrown at us. The recent fire at Grenfell Tower is a frightening example at what our teams could face. Varied and challenging training scenarios such as this greatly assist us in our preparation for such situations. We would like to thank NIS for this fantastic opportunity and look forward to doing similar exercises in the future.”

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NIS Welcome New Operations Director

NIS are delighted to confirm that Gary Ward has joined the executive board as our new Operations Director. Having worked in the sector for over 30 years, Gary is one of the industry’s leading project delivery professionals, most recently working for Cavendish as Projects Programme Manager as part of the Magnox Team.

Speaking about the appointment NIS Managing Director Gill Marsden said “Gary’s appointment completes the new Director Team and it marks an exciting milestone on our transformation journey. I’m wholly confident that the new team has the right combination of skills to provide our amazing people with the leadership and direction needed to steer NIS to a hugely successful future”

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NIS is a winner in the RoSPA Awards 2017

NIS have been successful in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2017 and have achieved the President’s (11 consecutive Golds) award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

We will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 61st year.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

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The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

NIS appoints new Technical Director

NIS are delighted to announce that David Brown will be joining the NIS Executive Board as Technical Director.

Speaking about the appointment, Managing Director Gill Marsden said “After 13 years with NIS, David has been instrumental in establishing our reputation for Engineering Excellence, and I’m confident he will be a real asset to our new Director team. I’m genuinely excited about working with David and the highly skilled NIS workforce as we look to embrace the enormous opportunities we have ahead of us”.

NIS appoints new Managing Director

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gill Marsden to the position of Managing Director at NIS Limited. After almost 30 years in the sector, the last 9 of which have been spent at NIS, Gill is a well-known figure in the nuclear industry and we are confident her passion and leadership will steer NIS towards a bright and sustainable future.

Gill will be taking over from Richard Penrose who has retired after 33 years of working for the NIS Group. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard for his dedication over the years and wish him all the best for the next chapter of his life.

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NIS celebrate RoSPA centenary

On Thursday 25th May NIS SHE Manager Richard Taffs attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 100th birthday of RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents).

The safety charity’s supporters, members, award winners, friends and staff enjoyed a royal tea party to celebrate their centenary which was hosted by HRH The Duke of York and HRH Princess Eugenie. Richard who attended the ceremony with his wife Liz (photo above) was awarded the first ever RoSPA Archangel award in 2014 for his passion and commitment to Health and Safety.

Sellafield Awards NIS Ltd 10 Year £25m Personal Access Doors Framework

NIS Ltd are celebrating after successfully securing a 10 years framework contract from Sellafield Ltd as part of their strategic Category Management procurement programme. The framework agreement, with a value of up to £25m, will see NIS fulfil all of Sellafield’s requirements for the manufacture and supply of Personal Access Doors.

On Wednesday 15th of March a delegation from Sellafield Ltd attended the formal opening up of the contract meeting and tour of the NIS site hosted by Senior Project Manager Tom Atkinson (picture above).

Gill Marsden Acting Managing Director: “The whole team at NIS are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this valuable long term contract. We have been providing plant and equipment to the Sellafield site for over 30 years but it hasn’t always been easy to forecast our capability and capacity requirements. The value and duration of this contract will allow us to further strengthen our relationship with the Sellafield community and to invest in developing and growing our skill base and socio economic contribution, both in Lancashire and in West Cumbria”

John Sidney Head of Category Management: “Category Management is vital to Sellafield Ltd’s future by working with excellent engineering companies such as NIS Ltd we can accelerate hazard and risk reduction and build our collective capability for the challenge ahead”.

NIS Celebrates Excellence in Nuclear Skills

The Nuclear Industry held its ninth annual UK Nuclear Skills Awards on the 16th March. During the evening the nuclear stars of the present and future were announced.

NIS were delighted to sponsor both the photo booth and Maintenance Apprentice of the Year, which was awarded to Arron Whitehouse from Rolls-Royce. Arron completed an Advanced Technical Apprenticeship and currently works as a Manufacturing Services Engineer.

Above (l-r) Gill Marsden – NIS Ltd, Adrian Hunt – Rolls Royce, Arron Whitehouse – Rolls Royce and Bruce Dickinson.

The awards, organised by The National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN) and Cogent Skills, was hosted by the lead singer of Iron Maiden, pilot and entrepreneur Bruce Dickinson. The event brought the nuclear industry together to celebrate the success and high achievement of learners nominated for awards in Apprentice, Foundation Degree/HND and Graduate disciplines.

NIS hosts Nuclear SIG ISO19443 workshop

NIS were delighted to host a quality workshop for the Chartered Quality Institute Nuclear Special Interest Group (SiG) to introduce the new ISO19443 standard. The successful event, which took place on Wednesday 25th January 2017, was attended by more than 40 members of the nuclear SiG which aims to improve quality within the nuclear industry through the development of the capability of quality professionals in the sector.

Richard Penrose NIS Group Managing Director giving an opening presentation to the delegates

As one of only 10 participants in the Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth programme, and a leading supplier in the nuclear industry, NIS has been proactive in preparing for the arrival of the new ISO19443 standard which can be briefly described as “Quality Management Systems – Specific requirements for organisations in the supply chain of the nuclear sector”. Its intent is to be an overarching guide to quality in the Nuclear Industry Supply Chain, and it will be applicable for existing contractors, new entrants and potential new entrants.

The document comprises three sections providing guidance on:

  • Quality oversight and assurance arrangements
  • Typical contract quality arrangements
  • Quality performance metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs)

Speaking after the event NIS Managing Director Richard Penrose said “As the nuclear new build programme gains momentum, it has become increasingly important for us to ensure that our quality management system evolves to be ready to meet the requirements of this new ISO standard. It was great to see so many of our clients, fellow CNSIG participants and peers from across the industry at the event, and it was extremely useful to be able to share our learning and hear how others are addressing some of the challenges we all face.”