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Who is on Allerdale GDF Working Group

Jocelyn Manners Armstrong

Chair

Allerdale GDF Working Group

Jocelyn is the independent Chair of the Allerdale GDF Working Group. A former member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority for the past eight years, where she served as deputy Chair, Jocelyn is committed to the protection of the natural environment. Prior to this Jocelyn practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer.

Jocelyn has also run a national legal charity, supporting refugee organisations, and served on boards of several charities, including a range of roles for Citizens Advice.

She has also previously served as a lay member of the local health group of Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust and as an independent member of Cumbria Police Authority. Jocelyn is also Chief Executive of a business and IT consultancy supporting customers in the IT and media sectors.

Naomi Diamond

Independent Facilitator

Naomi is the Independent Facilitator for the Working Group. The role of the Independent Facilitator is to help ensure that discussions are constructive and that issues raised by the community are considered by the Working Group. Naomi works for Community Organisers Limited, a small national charity and the membership body and training organisation for grass-roots community organising in England. Their work is all about giving people the tools to listen to their community about the things that matter to them. These conversations inspire people to join together to take action for their community and to become collectively more powerful and able to shape their future.

Naomi has been with Community Organisers for three years and before that has worked for other voluntary organisations and different tiers of Government. She believes strongly in the power of community and in the importance of listening to people and involving people in the decisions which affect their lives.

Councillor Marion Fitzgerald

Allerdale Borough Council

In Marion’s role as an Executive Member of Allerdale Borough Council, she has responsibility for nuclear matters in her portfolio. Marion is a former Leader of the Council.

She said: “The Council recognises its responsibility to make sure that all of our residents have access to as much information as they need about the project and they feel that they are being listened to at the outset. Whether the GDF is eventually built here in West Cumbria or elsewhere in the country, that decision will affect Allerdale because the waste is already stored above ground in West Cumbria. That is why we decided to be involved and part of the discussion.”

Andy Ross

Senior Representative

Genr8 North Ltd

Genr8 North Ltd, who specialise in land development and regeneration projects, are the ‘interested party’ that approached RWM with a proposal to consider whether or not Allerdale had the potential to host a GDF.
The company, which is also a member of the Working Group recently formed in Copeland, didn’t have a specific site in mind, but wanted to know that if the UK is to build a GDF, West Cumbria gets a fair chance and that any decision is based on accurate, factual analysis of the geological conditions, and crucially, the views of local people.

Andy Ross said: “We’re here to present the facts, give people the opportunity to learn about geological disposal, and to understand what a GDF, if it was to be built in Allerdale, would mean for our futures”.

Eva Chua

Community Engagement Manager

Radioactive Waste Management

Eva is the Community Engagement Manager for the Working Group. Prior to this Eva held senior communications and stakeholder engagement roles in nuclear rail transport and interim storage for nuclear wastes. She has also worked on major infrastructure projects dealing with community relations matters including legacy projects both in Scotland and the North West of England.

In addition to this, in a previous capacity, she was leading on supply chain development activities supporting businesses in Cumbria by opening doors to opportunities with larger organisations in the county. She has an extensive network of connections in Cumbria and is passionate about building long term success for the region.

Matthew Pixton

Siting Manager

Radioactive Waste Management

Working for RWM, Matthew is the Siting Manager for the Allerdale GDF Working Group. He is a chartered town planner and surveyor and has worked for twenty years in the minerals and mining industries in the north of England, including for local and regional government, as well as commercial organisations.

Born and raised in Cumbria, Matthew is committed to the protection of the environment and enhancement of opportunities for people and loves the opportunity to visit. Matthew is also Acting Head of Land & Property for RWM.

Jocelyn Manners Armstrong

Chair

Allerdale GDF Working Group

Jocelyn is the independent Chair of the Allerdale GDF Working Group. A former member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority for the past eight years, where she served as deputy Chair, Jocelyn is committed to the protection of the natural environment. Prior to this Jocelyn practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer.

Jocelyn has also run a national legal charity, supporting refugee organisations, and served on boards of several charities, including a range of roles for Citizens Advice.

She has also previously served as a lay member of the local health group of Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust and as an independent member of Cumbria Police Authority. Jocelyn is also Chief Executive of a business and IT consultancy supporting customers in the IT and media sectors.

Naomi Diamond

Independent Facilitator

Naomi is the Independent Facilitator for the Working Group. The role of the Independent Facilitator is to help ensure that discussions are constructive and that issues raised by the community are considered by the Working Group. Naomi works for Community Organisers Limited, a small national charity and the membership body and training organisation for grass-roots community organising in England. Their work is all about giving people the tools to listen to their community about the things that matter to them. These conversations inspire people to join together to take action for their community and to become collectively more powerful and able to shape their future.

Naomi has been with Community Organisers for three years and before that has worked for other voluntary organisations and different tiers of Government. She believes strongly in the power of community and in the importance of listening to people and involving people in the decisions which affect their lives.

Councillor Marion Fitzgerald

Allerdale Borough Council

In Marion’s role as an Executive Member of Allerdale Borough Council, she has responsibility for nuclear matters in her portfolio. Marion is a former Leader of the Council.

She said: “The Council recognises its responsibility to make sure that all of our residents have access to as much information as they need about the project and they feel that they are being listened to at the outset. Whether the GDF is eventually built here in West Cumbria or elsewhere in the country, that decision will affect Allerdale because the waste is already stored above ground in West Cumbria. That is why we decided to be involved and part of the discussion.”

Andy Ross

Senior Representative

Genr8 North Ltd

Genr8 North Ltd, who specialise in land development and regeneration projects, are the ‘interested party’ that approached RWM with a proposal to consider whether or not Allerdale had the potential to host a GDF.
The company, which is also a member of the Working Group recently formed in Copeland, didn’t have a specific site in mind, but wanted to know that if the UK is to build a GDF, West Cumbria gets a fair chance and that any decision is based on accurate, factual analysis of the geological conditions, and crucially, the views of local people.

Andy Ross said: “We’re here to present the facts, give people the opportunity to learn about geological disposal, and to understand what a GDF, if it was to be built in Allerdale, would mean for our futures”.

Eva Chua

Community Engagement Manager

Radioactive Waste Management

Eva is the Community Engagement Manager for the Working Group. Prior to this Eva held senior communications and stakeholder engagement roles in nuclear rail transport and interim storage for nuclear wastes. She has also worked on major infrastructure projects dealing with community relations matters including legacy projects both in Scotland and the North West of England.

In addition to this, in a previous capacity, she was leading on supply chain development activities supporting businesses in Cumbria by opening doors to opportunities with larger organisations in the county. She has an extensive network of connections in Cumbria and is passionate about building long term success for the region.

Matthew Pixton

Siting Manager

Radioactive Waste Management

Working for RWM, Matthew is the Siting Manager for the Allerdale GDF Working Group. He is a chartered town planner and surveyor and has worked for twenty years in the minerals and mining industries in the north of England, including for local and regional government, as well as commercial organisations.

Born and raised in Cumbria, Matthew is committed to the protection of the environment and enhancement of opportunities for people and loves the opportunity to visit. Matthew is also Acting Head of Land & Property for RWM.