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John Clarke

Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster welcomes John Clarke, former President of the Nuclear Institute as new Patron

Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) welcomes John Clarke as its new patron. John takes over from Marcia Reid Fotheringham who has served in her role since 2020.

“We are delighted to welcome John Clarke as patron of BECBC. He will be taking over from Marcia Reid Fotheringham. I would like to extend our gratitude to Marcia for her wonderful support of the Cluster and the energy and insights she has brought to our team and the wider membership during her time with us. As we look to the future, we are excited to have John join us. I look forward to working closely with him in further strengthening our involvement in the nuclear sector as well as benefitting from his broad business and engineering expertise.”, says Dianne Richardson, CEO, BECBC.

John has held several positions in the nuclear industry over the last 40 years, including those of Deputy MD of Sellafield, CEO of the NDA, President of the Nuclear Institute and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. At present, John is a Non-Executive Director and consultant for organisations in a variety of sectors, including rail, precision manufacturing, infrastructure and engineering. He also serves as an advisor in the defence and civil nuclear sectors, in the United Kingdom and Europe. He is chair of trustees of the Rosehill Arts Trust Ltd. in Whitehaven.

“I’m honoured to be asked to follow Marcia and John Fyfe as patron of BECBC. I care passionately about West Cumbria and hope I can help local businesses continue to grow and thrive, providing quality work opportunities in the area.”, John Clarke.

Since its launch in 2003, BECBC has worked closely with hundreds of businesses in the nuclear energy and decommissioning sectors and facilitated the bringing together of the local supply chain with some of the larger contract holders in the industry. “Globally and nationally, we are seeing an increased importance of nuclear energy. John’s role as Patron will further strengthen our members’ voice in that market-place and increase their ability to maximise business opportunities within.”, says Lee Grears, Chair of the BECBC Board.