ENS welcomes the new President
Following the recent meeting of the ENS Board and
the General Assembly ENS has a new President and some new Board
members. David Bonser has taken over as President from Frank
Deconinck, who remains on the board as Vice President. Five new
Directors were also elected to the Board. They are Martin Luthander,
Bernard Jolly, Aurelio Sala, Fernando Naredo and Professor Vladimir
Slugen. Before focusing on our new President ENS NEWS would first
like to give a sincere vote of thanks to Frank for all the tireless
work he put in on behalf of ENS NEWS while he was ENS President.
It’s good to know that he will continue to serve the Society
and contribute to ENS NEWS in the future.
ENS Board, from left to right: Vladimir Slugen,
Naredo Fernando, Dr. Joachim Knebel, David
R. Bonser, Milena Cernilogar-Rade, Aurelio Sala Candela,
Frank Deconinck, Dr. Krassimira Ilieva
David Bonser has long been an ENS member and
a member of the ENS Board, having served as Vice President since
2006. Many of you know David well, but for those of you who perhaps
don’t know him quite so well here is a broad brushstroke
portrait of the new man at the Society’s helm.
David is British. He is a qualified engineer
who graduated from Cambridge in 1971 prior to joining British
Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) at Risley. In a long and distinguished
career he has worked as Director of the Thorp Division, at Sellafield
(UK), during which time he was responsible for getting it up
and running. He later became Director of Engineering, Waste Management
and Decommissioning with responsibility for the Sellafield waste
plants, decommissioning operations and BNFL Engineering Ltd.
Between 1997 and 2001 he was Chairman of NIREX
and in 1998 was appointed a member of the UK government’s
advisory body on radioactive waste management, the Radioactive
Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC).
ENS Board Meeting at 30 November 2007, back
from left to right: Igor Vukovic, Dr. Joachim Knebel, David
R. Bonser, Silye Judit , Aurelio Sala Candela, Bertrand Vieillard-Baron,
Prof. Philip Beeley, Miroslaw Kawalec, Bernard
Bonin, Dr. Peter
front from left to right Santiago San Antonio, Prof. Frank Deconinck, Milena
Cernilogar-Rade, Dr. Krassimira Ilieva
He was appointed to the Board of BNFL in 1999.
In 2001, David was put in charge of Corporate
Responsibility at BNFL and in 2003 he was given executive responsibility
for the company’s Spent Fuel Services. Since 2004 he has
been in charge of BNFL’s Human Resources division.
Well, with such a long and impressive track
record in the nuclear industry, we are sure you’ll agree
that David is – to say the least - eminently well-qualified
to represent ENS and to defend its members’ interests at
what is a very interesting time in the history of the Society.
Once again, ENS is extremely fortunate to have
such an experienced and dedicated professional as its new President.
Congratulations David. Everyone at ENS NEWS wishes you the very
best of luck!