Nuclear Performance Expert Tom Houghton Joins Certrec’s Office of Performance Improvement

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Former Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Senior Director and NRC Reactor Oversight Process Expert to Guide Certrec Clients in Performance Improvement

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We are excited to have Tom Houghton, formerly an NEI Senior Director, join Certrec. Tom offers 40 years of real life experience including NRC, ROP, licensing, corrective action, and safety culture expertise. – Ted Enos, CEO

Certrec, a leading regulatory licensing and compliance solutions provider, is pleased to announce that noted performance improvement expert, Tom Houghton has joined Certrec’s Office of Performance Improvement. Certrec’s Office of Performance Improvement (OPI) provides Chief Nuclear Officers with Problem Identification, Corrective Action, Safety Culture Assessment, Regulatory Strategy, 9500X Recovery, Communications Planning, Inspection Preparation, and Effectiveness Monitoring to address cross-cutting issues.

“Tom Houghton has over 40 years of nuclear power experience including operation and maintenance of the Navy’s largest reactor plants and regulation at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC),” says Ted Enos, CEO of Certrec. “As an eleven year veteran of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), Tom’s insight on Reactor Oversight Process (ROP), regulatory licensing and compliance, regulatory strategy, corrective action, safety culture and performance improvement is regularly sought by nuclear utilities and national laboratories.”

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Tom qualified as Chief Nuclear Engineer and served in the surface fleet. As a Licensing Project Manager for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Tom was responsible for reviewing reactor plant design, engineering, construction, operations, emergency planning and security, environmental siting, and quality issues. Prior to NEI, Tom provided consulting services to industry executives in the areas of recovery from the Watchlist, staffing and organization, and performance improvement.

“Over the past three years with NEI, he was instrumental in developing NEI 09-07, “Fostering A Strong Nuclear Safety Culture,” says Ted Enos. “Tom then piloted the initiative at four nuclear plants before it was accepted by the nation’s CNOs as an industry initiative. Tom also collaborated with the NRC and INPO to develop a common language of nuclear safety culture. INPO and the NRC built upon Tom’s work to create a new safety culture survey instrument for the industry. We are confident that Tom will provide exceptional value to our Office of Performance Improvement clients.”

Founded in 1988, CERTREC is a regulatory and compliance solutions provider that helps utilities manage the NRC, FERC, and NERC regulatory process to their advantage. With more than 250 cumulative years of regulatory and industry experience, Certrec’s licensing and compliance solutions, performance improvement, and technical services solutions help professionals better manage the risks of the regulatory and compliance process.


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