Ian Critchley, C.Eng., MIMech.E
Ian’s career has taken him from nuclear submarine commissioning to internal regulation of nuclear plant operations and senior management in nuclear decommissioning, including internal consulting in organisational development and organisational learning. As his duties relied increasingly on coaching and mentoring skills, so his interest in developing people increased. Ian has been offering management support services and coaching to the nuclear and other industries independently since 2009 and he is co-author, with Dr S Brett Savage, of The Manager’s Quest, Managing to Make a Difference.
Ian’s nuclear industry experience
Ian trained as a marine engineer and subsequently worked on commissioning nuclear submarines. He became project engineer/manager at BNFL Sellafield, with responsibility for decommissioning a mixed uranium and plutonium fuel plant. He then joined Magnox Electric/Magnox Ltd, working in contract management and internal regulation, later becoming head of organisational learning and moving into senior management. Ian’s roles entailed training, providing internal management coaching, organisational development consultancy and, as part of senior management, running an environment, health, safety and quality department.
Ian’s management training approach
Ian’s approach is empathic, frank, supportive and pragmatic, with the aim of getting results.
‘What’s different about Ian is that he brings the credibility of being within nuclear licensed organisations operating in a management role and the neutrality of not being in your line organisation. He can speak from experience and understand the requirements of the work. The advice given is not ethereal, hand-wavy stuff but far more applicable to our work.’
Internal Regulator, EDF Energy, 2012
Ian’s training experience
Ian has 12 years’ training experience, and set up Ian Critchley Ltd in 2009 to provide management coaching and consulting, as well as management support services to the nuclear industry. He is a qualified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Hypnosis and Timeline Therapy and is a certified mBIT Coach. Ian draws on these skills in his coaching practice and training design to deliver a highly impactful outcome. Examples of Ian’s projects include:
- He has developed and delivered Internal Challenge Training Workshops for Costain, in order to satisfy regulatory concern
- He carried out Human Performance and Error Avoidance training for Design Authority, EdF NNB
- Ian was consultant for the introduction of technical and functional competencies for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna
- His work with Dr S Brett Savage that led to the development and implementation of the Management Contribution model (with Ned Skelton), which gives managers a common language and self-awareness concerning management capability and helps to structure management development programmes.