James' story - EASL The stories behind our people

I’ve always been fascinated with how things work and solving problems, whilst in sixth form I discovered that a career in engineering would be the best way for me to go. I completed my Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMIST in 2005 and I joined EASL as a Graduate Engineer after finishing the course. Four years later, I moved to another engineering company in a different part of the nuclear industry, going on to gain further experience in design, analysis and R&D…. A few years later, I found my way back to EASL and was delighted to re-joined the team as a Senior Engineer in 2018.


I love working at EASL for a number of reasons. Importantly at EASL, there is an inclusive, respectful and flexible working environment and culture. There’s also a collaborative approach to projects and a great team spirit. I often have opportunities to develop technically and take on new challenges, whilst being well supported by the team at EASL.

What’s your latest project?

In the last year, I’ve worked on a number of different nuclear projects in the fields of both fission and fusion. I’ve worked on projects supporting the continued operation of the UK’s existing fleet of nuclear reactors through structural integrity assessments, performed work supporting the design process for the new nuclear power station Hinkley Point C and also worked on groundbreaking areas of fusion technology development.


My biggest achievement during the last year whilst working at EASL has been successfully delivering work and supporting my colleagues to deliver to the various clients’ needs. Pre-lockdown I made the most of being able to see the engineering in the flesh on-site visits and also meeting clients in person, that has of course been limited in the last year due to Covid, but I look forward to a time when there is more opportunity to do that again.

Enjoying life

I love being outdoors and particularly cycling. I got my current bike through the cycle to work scheme whilst at EASL a number of years ago. Pre-lockdown I had been cycling to the office every day along the scenic route of the Bridgewater canal. Outside of work life is very busy, but fulfilling with young three children and our regular involvement in a local church community.

Single best thing about EASL

The opportunity for development and working in a challenging but collaborative and supportive environment on some of the most interesting and challenging engineering projects in the UK and abroad.


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