15 June 2023

Westlakes Recruit Non-Executive Director, Adrienne Kelbie, receives CBE at Windsor Castle

Adrienne Kelbie has received a CBE for her services to the nuclear industry.


Adrienne Kelbie has received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), presented by the Princess Royal, at a ceremony in Windsor Castle yesterday. The prestigious award recognises her exceptional services to the nuclear industry and her dedication to championing inclusion within the sector.


Currently an independent Non-Executive Chair of Nuclear Waste Services, Adrienne is also a Non-Executive Director for a number of organisations, including Westlakes Recruit.


With a wealth of experience in the nuclear field, Adrienne formerly served as the Chief Executive of the Office for Nuclear Regulation, the UK's nuclear safety regulator. Her leadership led to transformative changes within the organisation, steering it towards becoming a multi-award-winning institution.


As the first Patron of Women in Nuclear UK for two terms, Adrienne has also demonstrated her commitment to promoting gender diversity and empowering women in the industry.


Adrienne also leverages her extensive experience to drive positive change through her work as an advisor, an executive coach and an inspirational speaker.


Expressing her gratitude, Adrienne Kelbie stated: “I joined Westlakes Recruit two years ago because I was impressed by their passion for helping the nuclear industry recruit, retain and develop a talented and more diverse workforce. Two years into our partnership, they are delivering on their promise for many, many companies.   


“I am thrilled to be able to work with the whole team who genuinely embrace what it means to apply inclusive policies and behaviours to making the nuclear sector bigger, better and more sustainable. And I’m humbled to receive this great honour in recognition of all the work done by so many, in this regard.”  


Claire Wilcock, CEO of Westlakes Recruit, commented: “We are proud of the outstanding contributions Adrienne has made to the nuclear industry promoting diversity. Her dedication and hard work has helped to advance the industry and create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. It is important to recognise and celebrate Adrienne as a role model for others to inspire future generations to pursue careers in the nuclear industry.


“Adrienne's outstanding service is a testament to her commitment to excellence and making a positive impact in the nuclear industry and beyond!”


Beyond her contributions to the nuclear sector, Adrienne Kelbie has held roles in the charitable, public, and private sectors. Notably, she played a pivotal role in modernising the criminal records system while leading the Disclosure and Barring Service. During this role, Adrienne was instrumental in the merging of the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority.


As a keen learner, she has also previously been awarded five professional fellowships in Energy, Nuclear, Management, Leadership and HR, and is qualified in a range of psychometrics.


The team at Westlakes Recruit would like to congratulate Adrienne on this occasion and look forward to continually working with Adrienne to deliver excellence in their vision of powering a diverse nuclear future.

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