Coningsby Allday, who has died aged 91, was a leader of the nuclear industry as chief executive of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, and played a key role in the development of the Windscale (now Sellafield) plant for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.
Allday also played key roles in Urenco, a UK-German-Dutch joint venture for the production of enriched uranium, and in collaborations with BNFL’s French counterpart, Cogema. He secured the Thorp plant’s future income stream by negotiating long-term contracts with Japanese utilities for the reprocessing of their nuclear waste – and did his best to counter a rising tide of anti-nuclear public sentiment, much of it focused on long-running rumours of safety problems at Windscale. The change of name to Sellafield in 1981 was part of that response.
Coningsby Allday was born in the Birmingham suburb of Erdington on November 21 1920 and educated at Solihull School. His first job was with Cadbury Brothers at Bourneville, but in 1939 he joined the metals division of ICI at Witton as a research chemist.
Con Allday was the deputy managing director and former chief chemist of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) when BNFL was demerged in February 1971 and given ownership of the Windscale complex, adjacent to Calder Hall nuclear power station on the Cumbrian coast. He joined the new company as managing director responsible for technical, commercial and financial affairs, and was its chief executive from 1975.
Source: The Telegraph
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