Assystem appoints new managing director

Simon Barber has been promoted to the role of managing director of Blackburn-based Assystem, the world’s second largest nuclear engineering company.

Simon succeeds Peter Higton, who is stepping down after 13 years in the role. He joined the company earlier this year after nine years leading Arup’s nuclear business.

His aim is now capitalising on current opportunities in the nuclear industry and growing the business, that spans eight offices in the UK, including London, Sunderland and Bristol.

A key focus for Assystem is supporting the new build projects of Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C, where Assystem brings considerable experience in the EPR technology, as well as the emerging SMR programme, where Assystem is leading the Balance of Plant, Cooling Water and Turbine islands.

Simon said: "I am looking forward to the great opportunities ahead for the company and building on the successes that Peter Higton and his teams have created.

"It is an exciting time for the energy sector and nuclear has a key role to play in the energy transition. Assystem has 3,000 nuclear experts, with knowledge of multiple technologies ready to support the development of the UK’s new nuclear projects."

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