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Meet some of AWE’s exceptional women

Trains, planes, and automobiles – I’ve either worked with or had personal involvement across them all! I’ve been a mainline train driver, had varying roles in motorsport, including in Formula 1, and 3, and also have my pilot’s licence. With all of that under my belt, I’m proud my expertise has also incorporated a total […]


AWE appoints Nick Elliott as CEO

Sir John Manzoni, Chair of AWE Plc, said: “An extensive and rigorous recruitment process identified Nick as a leader with unique capabilities and experience who will drive our transformation and allow us to deliver our mission – to keep the country safe.”

Sir John Manzoni


MOD appoints Sir John Manzoni as Chair Designate

Following the announcement that the AWE plc will become an Arms-Length Body of the MOD, the Department has decided to appoint Sir John Manzoni as Chair Designate. The existing AWE Management Limited (AWE ML) Board will hand over to John and the new Board of the Arms-Length Body following termination on 30th June 2021; the […]

Orion scientist


AWE physics conference is a hit with students

More than 20 physics undergraduates from 14 universities across the UK attended AWE’s Physics Undergraduate Conference recently (8 October) to explore the exciting world of physics. The attendees also had the opportunity to visit AWE’s world-leading Orion laser facility at Aldermaston – to understand how high energy density physics supports the UK’s nuclear deterrent. The […]


ONR to take legal proceedings against AWE

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has today, (25 July 2018) notified AWE of its intention to prosecute the company for offences under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974), in relation to an electrical incident which occurred on 27 June 2017. AWE statement: The incident happened during routine […]


AWE inspires the next generation

Graduates from AWE recently encouraged more than 400 pupils from Berkshire and Hampshire to enter this year’s AWE Primary Science Challenge.


AWE supports International Women in Engineering Day

Every year on 23 June, AWE celebrates its female engineers to mark International Women in Engineering Day #INWED18, which aims to raise awareness of the number of women in engineering roles and highlight the amazing career opportunities in engineering. This year we are profiling one of our young mechanical engineers, 22-year-old Preeya. She’s been with […]


AWE wins award for waste management

AWE has been recognized for its adoption of a pioneering waste metal treatment programme. The company received the Vanguard Award for Metal Treatment at the Integrated Waste Management Conference in Cumbria. AWE’s Geoff Druce said: “I was delighted to accept the Vanguard Award, on behalf of AWE, in recognition for our role as an integral […]


Regulatory Response

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has published its Annual Report 17/18 today. Below is the AWE response to this report –   The AWE sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield remain in ‘enhanced regulatory attention,’ largely due to the fact that we are operating in a number of ageing facilities. Some of these facilities were built […]


Celebrating the women of AWE

To mark International Women’s Day we are sharing the stories of some of the many inspirational women that work at AWE. Molly, a materials science graduate, tells her story – “I have always had a keen interest in science. However, my School’s head of science was pivotal in shaping this as a career option. Her […]

Jonathan Griffiths


The importance of innovation

It’s a typical UK winter morning and I’m taking a short walk to assist with some thinking. There’s plenty of fresh air and green space around me here and given the size of the estate, I could easily walk for an hour and still be ‘at work’.


“Go tell someone that STEM is fun”

By Sian Butler, AWE Head of Materials and Analytical Science 17th August 2017 was an exciting day in the Butler household. Like thousands of students across the country our youngest son was anxiously waiting for A Level results that would determine, at the very least, the next 3 years of his life. After many months […]



AWE was joint winner of the Community Legacy category at the Thames Valley Business magazine’s 2017 awards. Philippa Kent, AWE’s community engagement manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted and this is a fantastic recognition for all the hard work and commitment put in, not just by our team, but everyone across AWE who does such a […]


AWE experts support CTBTO in Vienna

AWE experts recently supported the Working Group B (technical working group) of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) in Vienna.  Leigh Turner, UK Ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna, met the team at the CTBTO headquarters in the Vienna International Centre and thanked them for the hard work […]