SMR Nuclear Technology Pty Ltd (SMR-NT) is an independent Australian-owned specialist consulting company.
SMR-NT's Board of Directors has over 100 years of combined experience in power generation including nearly 50 years of nuclear power generating experience. The management team has extensive energy industry experience in advising on the siting, designing, constructing, and commissioning of nuclear and other power stations. This experience includes all aspects of engineering, site selection, safety and environmental considerations, legal requirements and regulatory requirements.
We are focused on the entire fuel cycle - from regulatory and legislative authorisation, to technical engineering, design siting and development; legal risk and compliance practices; to commercial and operational processes, and ultimately to the safe transportation and disposal of nuclear waste.
Board of Directors
Robert Pritchard - Chairman
Robert Pritchard is a lawyer who serves as Chairman of the Board of SMR Nuclear Technology and as its adviser on government relations, legal, regulatory, compliance, risk and licensing matters.
Robert is Managing Director of ResourcesLaw International in Sydney, a leading energy consultancy. He has 40 years' experience as an adviser to intergovernmental organisations, governments and energy companies on the development and financing of energy and resources projects, low-emissions energy technologies and climate change.
His experience in the nuclear field includes acting on the acquisition of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission's interest in the Ranger Uranium Project and the listing of Energy Resources of Australia Ltd on the Australian Securities Exchange. He also served for 10 years as a Director of the Australian subsidiary of the UK's Central Electricity Generating Board.
Robert is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and a member of the International Nuclear Law Association and the Australian Institute of the Board of Directors. He is currently also the Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute of Australia.
Barrie Hill - Managing Director
Barrie Hill is an engineer with over 45 year's experience in the design, construction, commissioning, and operation of mineral processing plants and power stations for the mining and energy sectors in New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Australia.
He is currently Principal Consultant Mining and Energy with Jacobs Australia, part of the international Jacobs Engineering consulting group
Barrie's experience in the nuclear engineering field includes design, commissioning, and operation of nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom and seven years as Director of Engineering for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) over the period of construction of the research reactor OPAL.
His role as Managing Director of SMR Nuclear Technology covers feasibility studies and project management with particular emphasis on safety, risk analysis, and financial control.
Barrie is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), and a Member of The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. He was a founding director of the Hargraves Institute for Innovation and currently serves on its Advisory Board.
Tony Irwin - Technical Director
Tony Irwin is a chartered engineer who brings over 40 years technical experience with nuclear reactors to the Board of SMR Nuclear Technology.
Tony commissioned and operated eight nuclear power reactors for British Energy (formerly the Central Electricity Generating Board) in the UK. He was Reactor Manager at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) during the commissioning and early operation of the new OPAL research reactor.
His experience with the nuclear fuel cycle also includes managing fuel strategies for ANSTO and representing Australia at international meetings. Following the Chernobyl accident, Tony was a member of a World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) team who worked with Russian engineers to improve their safety culture. He is a currently a visiting lecturer for the Master of Nuclear Science course at the Australian National University.
Tony is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is currently Chairman of Engineers Australia Sydney Division Nuclear Engineering Panel.
Trevor St Baker - Director
Trevor is a graduate in arts and engineering and is the Founder and Deputy Chairman of ERM Power Ltd, an ASX-listed energy company involved in electricity generation and retailing.
He has more than 50 years' experience in the national and international energy industry, including the establishment of Queensland's first Generation Planning Department for the Southern Electric Authority of Queensland in the early 1970s. He later worked on establishing the Resources Division of the State Electricity Commission of Queensland, managing the deregulation of power station coal procurement in and negotiating coal supply contracts for Queensland power stations.
In 1980, Trevor established the ERM Group as a development company and energy consulting practice. The ERM companies have consulted to major energy and resource companies on energy development planning in Australia and on international Australian aid projects.
Trevor today serves as Chairman of National Generators Forum Ltd, a Director of Master Electricians Australia Ltd, Queensland Resources Council Ltd and Oakey Power Holdings Pty Ltd and Chairman of the operating committee of the NewGen Neerabup Partnership.
Trevor is also Chairman of the St Baker Wilkes Indigenous Educational Foundation Limited, of which he is a co-founder.
Trevor St Baker AO is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Institution of Engineers Australia.