John Baxter (engineer)

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John Baxter (born 1951) is a British nuclear engineer.

He was educated at Strathclyde University, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He studied for a postgraduate degree at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. He was a Submarine Engineer Officer. He served on a Polaris nuclear submarine carrying out refitting.

Baxter’s experience in the nuclear field led to an appointment with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in 1990 as Director of Engineering. He was founding director of Hunting BRAE, the private company that ran the UK atomic weapon plants. He worked as Director at Dounreay and was appointed to the UKAEA Board by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. He oversaw operations at Windscale, Harwell and Winfrith.

In 1998 he left UKAEA to work at Powergen. He is as Group Engineering Director at BP. He is responsible for integrity management, major accident risk assessment and engineering standards.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. He advises the MoD on nuclear safety and oil industry concerns.[1]

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Preceded by
W. Alec Osborn
President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
2007
Succeeded by
William M. Banks