Mel Draper

Dr Mel Draper was the head of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy unit at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) from 2003 – 2010 where his responsibilities included the monitoring and reporting of sensitive nuclear and chemicals materials to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his work on non-proliferation, and he holds a First Class Honours degree in nuclear engineering and thermodynamics from Liverpool University.

During his time at DECC, Dr Draper advised on a wide range of technical nuclear and chemical issues, together with UK and international nuclear policy, and his work has led to him developing a highly influential role within the national and international nuclear community. His work included the following: acting as the UK contributor to the IAEA Expert panel on Multinational Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (IAEA InfCirc/660) and the subsequent development of the Nuclear Fuel Assurance; A role as Deputy SRO for the UK’s Department for Industry (DTI) on the Cross-government SCOPE (secure IT) project, successfully delivering the project within the DTI; Ensuring that security issues surrounding the restructuring of Urenco were taken fully into account during preparation on share sale; Providing crucial technical expertise in negotiations with a Middle Easter state over their nuclear programme and at the NPT Review Conferences in 2005 and 2010; Influencing the IAEA major business-change and IT programme in their safeguards department (approximately €30M of which the UK contributes €2M); Using the UK contribution to the IAEA Nuclear Security Fund to lever considerable change in the programme; Streamlining the existing non-proliferations team and successfully merging the G8 Global Partnership team.

Prior to his role at DECC he was a Director at the UK Department of Trade and Industry Nuclear Industries Directorate where he was responsible for the government oversight of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority including their expenditure on nuclear decommissioning (approximately £150M to £200M p.a.) and international participation in nuclear fusion research (approximately £15M p.a.). His team led in all policy development, the technical assessment of programmes and expenditure in these areas. An important aspect was to ensure that Ministers were kept fully briefed in this potentially contentious subject.


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