Heading north to work with Dounreay

We are off to northern Scotland later this spring.

We are thrilled that we were successful in winning a contract to support the senior leadership team at Dounreay, the former nuclear power station in the far north of Scotland.

The Dounreay team face the challenge of taking the site into the next phase of decommissioning and had issued a tender for leadership development support for the senior team to enable culture change, ideally from a team with knowledge of the nuclear sector.

We were competing against national and international organisations for the Dounreay project. But the brief really played to our strengths of helping people think, act and lead differently within major projects and a nuclear decommissioning environment and our experience within the Sellafield and wider nuclear industry contexts.


“We particularly liked both the innovative methodology and the experienced team that the Harrison Network brought to this pitch. Their understanding of the issues faced within nuclear decommissioning combined with their proven results led to their success and we are delighted to be working with an SME on something so vital for our organisation. We also liked their collaborative approach, combining support from proven industry leaders with innovative approaches and proven methods to embed learning and development.” DSRL (Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd)

We won our first major contract in nuclear with Sellafield Ltd in late 2018. Since then, we have worked with more than 250 leaders across the nuclear sector alone. The success of that first programme, Step Up, focused on creating an innovative and entrepreneurial culture. We’ve developed the Speak Up? programme focusing on developing psychological safety with OneAIM, one of their core frameworks.

Soft skills for tough jobs roughly translates as communication and people skills for challenging situations, often in manufacturing and other highly technical environments. Our team from Cumbria is joined by experts from Scotland, including Adriènne Kelbie CBE, to work with the Dounreay leadership team and we’re looking forward to getting started. There are plenty of challenges ahead and, with fresh eyes, clear priorities and strong skills, the team can make the most of the opportunities for the future of this important site.

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