Roger’s OBE Honour

Roger Coates, the Non-Executive Safety Director on LLW Repository Ltd’s Site Licencing Company (SLC) Board, has been awarded an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The award recognises Roger’s Services to Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection.



Dennis Thompson, Chairman of the SLC Board and Managing Director of LLW Repository Ltd, said: “I would like to congratulate Roger on this great honour, which recognises the major role he has played in a lifetime of service in the nuclear industry.

“After spending over 30 years with BNFL, he joined the LLW Repository Ltd SLC Board in 2008 and has brought invaluable experience, gained nationally and internationally.

“It was pleasing that we could attract such a renowned figure of his calibre to our Board. Safety is of paramount importance in this industry, and we know we can always rely on Roger for insightful advice when required.”

After receiving a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University in 1968, he went on to study for a PhD in Physics from Reading University and then undertook post-doctoral research at Swansea University

In 1975 he joined the Health and Safety Department at Sellafield and went on to hold a series of prestigious posts, culminating in his role as Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Director for British Nuclear Group until his retirement from the company in 2006.

He went on to take a post with the International Atomic Energy Agency, in Vienna, where he became involved in supporting the government of Iraq in the decommissioning of its war-damaged nuclear facilities.

Roger has had extensive involvement in the field of radiation protection and served as President of the Society for Radiological Protection in 1995/6.

He was Vice President for Congress Affairs for the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), leading the organisation of a major international congress held in Glasgow in 2012.

He became IRPA President (for the period up to 2020) during the Association’s International Congress in Cape Town in May 2016.

John Clarke, NDA Chief Executive Officer, said: “I have known Roger for many years and understand the wonderful contribution he has made to our industry. His award is richly-deserved.”

A native of Halifax, West Yorkshire, Roger and his family lived in Gosforth, West Cumbria for 15 years from 1975, and for the past two decades he has been based in the South Lakes village of Bouth, near Ulverston with Hazel, his wife of 48 years.The couple has two grown-up children and two grandchildren.