Energy boss recognised for power plant role

Gwen Parry-Jones.
Gwen Parry-Jones.

The first woman to become a power station director has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

Gwen Parry-Jones, former station director at Heysham 1 power station, is recognised for her role within the energy industry and also her work promoting science and technology careers.

Gwen took over Heysham 1 power station in 2008.

She said: “I am delighted and privileged to have been awarded an OBE.

“This award was only possible through the support of my colleagues who have encouraged me for the last 25 years.

“I am proud to have held various posts over my career, including being the first female station director of a nuclear power station in the UK.”

Gwen was born in North Wales and now has a home near Kirkby Lonsdale.

Her early career began as a reactor physicist and reactor control engineer at Wylfa nuclear power station in North Wales.

In 1995 she moved to Barnwood, Gloucestershire, as a management accountant with Nuclear Electric before moving to Heysham 2 power station in 1997 as finance manager.

In 2000 she moved to Canada as part of the British Energy’s team working at Bruce Power, in North Ontario.

A year later Gwen returned to the UK, taking up a position at Barnwood before moving to Heysham 1 as technical and safety manager. In 2007 she became plant manager at Sizewell B power station in Suffolk.

And in 2008, she was appointed as the station director at Heysham 1 power station.

After three years at Heysham she took on a new role as EDF Energy’s Campus Project Director, to further develop the company’s training and skills programmes. In November 2012 Gwen took on her current role with EDF Energy’s Generation as Safety and Assurance Director.