Our Leadership

Rolls-Royce SMR brings together specialists from across the energy and infrastructure sectors. Under the leadership of the CEO, the Executive Team coordinates the management, delivery, and growth of Rolls-Royce SMR.

Tom Samson

Chief Executive Officer

Tom has 30 years of experience in the power industry in various senior level executive positions in the UK and internationally. Prior to his current Rolls-Royce SMR role, he was CEO and Board member at NuGeneration, which was responsible for developing a new nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria and prior to that was the COO at ENEC and responsible for setting up Nawah Energy, the Operator of the Barakah NPP in the United Arab Emirates.

Alan Woods

Director Strategy and Business Development

Alan has spent 22 years at Rolls-Royce, across several senior roles and sectors including Marine, Defence, Power Systems and Corporate Strategy. Alan is responsible for growth of the Rolls-Royce SMR business covering market and customer development, creation of programme partnerships, and funding of both the Rolls-Royce SMR company as well as the strategy for creating future deployment funding options.

Matthew Blake

Chief Engineer

Matthew has 30 years' senior experience across the civil and defence nuclear sector. He has worked for Rolls-Royce, BP and the Ministry of Defence. As Chief Engineer, Matthew is responsible for the engineering development of the SMR and all aspects of plant engineering.

Helena Perry

Regulatory Affairs & Safety Director

Helena has nearly 20 years' experience in the regulatory and safety arena of the nuclear industry with companies such as Vattenfall, Westinghouse and Horizon. Helena brings with her a wealth of regulatory experience from different countries and technical areas, as well as UK specific Generic Design Assessments, and will lead on our regulatory and safety agenda.

Chris Tierney

Programme Delivery Director

Chris is a Materials Engineering graduate with over 35 years’ operational and general management (P&L) experience within high value manufacturing industries in the UK and USA. He is responsible for delivery of all aspects of the Integrated Programme, including leadership of PMO and Supply Chain.

Linda Costello

Director of Internal Audit

Linda is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant who has worked across audit, advisory and forensic services for over 20 years. She was a member of the Senior Civil Service for the last five years; most recently as the Director of Internal Audit at the Department for Work & Pensions, alongside being an Executive Director of the Government Internal Audit Agency, which provides audit services to over 120 government bodies. Linda spent six years working in the UAE, with three of those providing in-house internal audit to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Company, who developed and delivered the first civil nuclear power program within the UAE.

Alastair Evans

Director of Corporate and Government Affairs

Alastair has 15 years of Corporate Affairs and Government experience across the energy sector, notably with NuGeneration and Neptune Energy. Alastair has a legal background and experience working in Europe, North Africa and the Asia Pacific regions on a diverse set of policy and communications challenges. Alastair is responsible for public affairs, policy, communications, and investor relations.

Adam Ellis

Talent & HR Director

Adam has 30 years’ experience working in human resources in a range of multinational companies including EDF Energy, American Express and NuGeneration. Adam is responsible for everything people-related at Rolls-Royce SMR, including skills and learning and our talent acquisition strategy.

Peter Hall

General Counsel

Peter has been a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright since 1994, having joined the practice in 1985. As the former nuclear energy and water groups lead, he brings decades of practical experience to the challenge of deploying nuclear power generation in the UK and overseas. Peter is a member of the Technology and Construction Court Solicitors Association, an accredited adjudicator, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a past lecturer at the Centre of Construction Law and Management at Kings College, University of London and sits on the City of London Law Society Construction Law Sub Committee.

Donal Guerin

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Donal has a vast amount of experience in the successful launch of new businesses from within existing blue-chip companies, including a $5bn Emerging Markets business at Cisco Systems and Quantum's DLT $1bn division. Most recently he was CFO at Ventient Energy, partnering with the CEO to establish the largest independent offshore wind energy generator.