SCI's new Executive Director: Juliet Corbett

31 Oct 2013

SCI is pleased to announce that Dr Juliet Corbett has been appointed as its new Executive Director.

Juliet Corbett is an experienced people manager with strong technical and economics skills. Her diverse career spans 30 years in the private, public and voluntary sector, mainly in the fields of science and energy, and has been characterised by a strong personal commitment to the promotion of science.   She has worked since 2006 with the Utility Regulator in Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland's Department for Enterprise Trade and Investment on market development, economic regulation and energy policy development.

Juliet's early aspirations and career were in research and she trained as a physicist, doing her BSc, Masters and PhD at Queen's University Belfast and lecturing at the University of Ulster.  She joined the Central Electricity Generating Board as a researcher and from the early days got involved in links between the company and local schools and colleges, a theme which would repeat throughout her career. After several years Juliet became fascinated with what drives organisations and moved into the commercial side of the business, then Nuclear Electric, doing an MBA with the Open University to underpin this.  She was selected for the company's 'cadre' or fast track development scheme, acting as an ambassador for nuclear power, and ultimately being appointed as the Business Manager of Wylfa Magnox Nuclear Power Station - the first woman to be appointed to an operational role in the UK nuclear industry.

Moving back to Northern Ireland in the late 90's Juliet worked in a number of areas including managing the Northern Ireland Business Education Partnership, a charity whose objectives were to promote and fund programmes to bring business and education, including academia, closer together.   Her expertise in the energy sector was harnessed when she was appointed by the Regulator as manager responsible for implementing the Single Electricity Market on the Island of Ireland.

Juliet is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and has headed several Committees and spent two spells on Council as well as Chairing the Institute of Physics in Ireland.  She has worked with the IOP and associated academic and scientific institutions to promote diversity and build links between business and education and she is delighted to be able to dedicate herself to this area again full time in developing SCI's unique role and contribution to science and the economy.

Juliet will take up her appointment from 1 January 2014.

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