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Meet Dave Polkey

Before we talk about all the usual stuff you'd expect to see in the 'about Dave' section, let's talk about someone more important.

Let's talk about you...and what you need to deliver the results expected of you, to delight your clients and stakeholders.

Perhaps you're in a site licensed company looking for safe, expert and cost-effective services. Perhaps you're in the nuclear supply chain already and you want to grow your business exponentially. Or perhaps you're in an adjacent industry, such as construction or manufacturing, and you want to understand how to break through - and sustain - a profitable share in the nuclear market.

Whatever your role in this often-complicated arrangement of partnerships and supply chains, what matters is knowing, in depth, how a nuclear contract works.

What matters is knowing how to really articulate and buy what you need; knowing how to stand head and shoulders above your competitors in the commercial decision-making process; and knowing how to deliver that contract seamlessly in the unique demands of a nuclear site.

At Dave Polkey Associates, we've done exactly those things many times over. Read on for a snapshot of Dave's nuclear experience...











Dave Polkey’s nuclear leadership uniquely spans both nuclear licensed sites and the supply chain.

An insightful and highly effective nuclear leader, Dave has created tangible value for the sector over many years thanks to his strategic expertise and technical understanding.

Most recently he has delivered a £100m+ annual portfolio contract through a collaborative ‘ tier 2’ supply chain alliance, including nuclear infrastructure projects that are critical to the UK’s decommissioning strategy.

He’s expanded and grown a multi-million pound consultancy business within the energy sector supply chain, and served at Board level in a number of nuclear joint ventures.

Nuclear Consultancy in Cockermouth and Cumbria David Polkey




As a senior leader at Sellafield for several years, Dave delivered many significant performance shifts, such as:

  • Achieved the first fuel export in the UK's legacy ponds and silos in 40 years, accelerating hazard and risk reduction by decades.
  • Increased shift-working value by 40 per cent in uranium and plutonium finishing.
  • Restored capability and reliability in ageing Magnox facilities.
  • Delivered enterprise-wide operating improvements, leading a multi-million pound transformation programme.




Dave has handled budgets of tens of millions of pounds, led teams of hundreds of people, and managed many and complex stakeholder relationships in the industry, government and regulator.

Most importantly, Dave has delivered exceptional levels of nuclear safety, achieving millions of safe man-hours and measurable risk reduction - thanks to his strong leadership, workforce engagement and rigorous governance.

Dave’s academic background is in chemical engineering, and his early career has given him hands-on experience in nuclear manufacturing, technical management and compliance.


 Nuclear Consultancy in Cockermouth and Cumbria employees being advised on work site plans


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Want to be a new or bigger player in the nuclear supply chain? Call us on 07946 702 222