Heather Beaumont
As the Head of Profession for Physics in a nuclear business, I look after about 120 physicists.

I was an undergraduate student at the University of Liverpool in the late 1980s. After finishing my degree, I joined a nuclear consultancy company which is now Wood’s Nuclear business as part of its IOP accredited Graduate Training Scheme. My career began in a technical role within the area of reactor physics, and I progressed through the organisation becoming a Business Manager managing a 40-strong multidisciplinary team of physicists, mathematicians and engineers. I am now Head of Profession for Physics, Waste and Environment, responsible for managing functional capability within the physics discipline.

I have been a member of IOP since I was a student. Currently, I am involved with a number of panels, and chair the Nuclear Industry Group. I am also a member of the Nuclear Physics, Energy and Women in Physics Groups. Being a member of an IOP Group is very important, as it gives me the opportunity to network with people I wouldn’t normally come across and also to expand my knowledge base into areas that I am perhaps not quite so familiar with. Furthermore, I volunteered to sit on the Chartership Panel (CPhys), so that I could gain insights that could help our group membership

As Chair of IOP’s Nuclear Industry Group I have been invited to sit on the Euratom working group within IOP analysing the impact of Brexit. 

There are a number of benefits associated with joining IOP. Members can gain professional recognition though Chartership and Fellowship. The IOP opens up a wealth of networking opportunities and gives its members the chance to influence policy via input to IOP government lobbying. For example, as Chair of the NIG I have been invited to sit on the Euratom working group within IOP analysing the impact of Brexit. The potential to make a difference at a national level through these activities and to have the voice of physics heard is very powerful.