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Panel5: Succeeding in a multi-cultural environment within the Nuclear Industry
Kerry Bethel
Senior Advisor Continuous Improvement
ESKOM

A second-generation “Nuclearite”, Kerry started her career in nuclear as a Data Capturer in the Maintenance Department after matriculating. A combination of further studies, internal training courses and a keenness for new opportunities and growth saw her move to the department workscope Planner and then on to one of the first female outage project leaders at Koeberg by 1997. Apart from her official duties, Kerry also occupied the post of a trade union office bearer for a number of years, and also created Koeberg’s first daily outage newspaper, The Shutdown Times, an initiative that is still in place today.

Upon completion of her LLB in 1999, Kerry was requested by Koeberg’s PSM at the time (now WANO CEO, Peter Prozesky) to do one more project – a 6 month venture to set up the Human Performance Programme for Koeberg. She would then be free to leave nuclear for the legal world. Needless to say, the project did not end in 6 months. 17 years later and Kerry is still integrally involved in the human performance and the continuous improvement field. She has assisted Peer Reviews and Assist visits for WANO centres and the IAEA, as well as consulting to the South African Pebble Bed Modular Reactor development team in the field of nuclear safety culture.

She drove the development of the first experienced-based learning human performance simulator at Koeberg, making the dry HUFC theory practical and real to plant staff, and became the manager of the human performance group at Koeberg. Along this path she was instrumental in the startup of the Koeberg WIN chapter, and was elected the first Koeberg WIN Chairperson in 2003, and 2004.