Who we are

PALLAS aims to realise a state of the art multifunctional nuclear reactor, which is suitable for mainly producing medical isotopes and for conducting nuclear technology research.

An independent foundation

The PALLAS project organisation was part of NRG (subsidiary of ECN) until the end of 2013. As of December 16, 2013 the project is incorporated in an independent foundation, the Foundation Preparation Pallas reactor.

The Foundation is responsible for the successful completion of the first phase of the project: the design, tendering and licensing procedure. For this phase, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, together with the Province of Noord-Holland made available 80 million euros. The Foundation is also responsible for attracting funding for the second phase: the construction and commissioning.

Read the statutes (in Dutch) of the foundation.

Management and supervision

Upon the establishment of the Foundation, dr. H. J. (Hermen) van der Lugt was appointed Managing Director. Previously Van der Lugt was director at Foundation Novay in Enschede, the former Telematics Institute.

The Supervisory Board of the Foundation consists of:
Chairman J.W.R. van Lunteren MSc (Director of Strategic Alliances for the University Medical Center Utrecht and former member of the Executive Council of the Province of Utrecht),
drs. M.C. van der Harst (former top official Ministry of Economic Affairs),
prof. dr. J. Telgen (professor of Purchasing Management, Twente) and
prof. dr. W.C. Turkenburg (emeritus professor of Science and Society, Utrecht).

The organisation

The daily management of PALLAS is the responsibility of the Managing Director. For the projects ‘design and licensing’ and ‘financing’ project managers are appointed. The first is responsible for delivering the ‘licensable design’, so the construction phase can be started. The other is responsible for obtaining private financing for the construction phase. Both managers steer a team consisting of various (technical / financial) specialists. These specialists are supported by a handful of ‘staff employees’ (Project Office, Communication, Contract Management, Procurement and SHEQS).

Our Design & Licensing Director is Jan van der Marel. He is responsible for delivering a safe design for the PALLAS-reactor which is ready for the construction phase, meets the licensing criteria (‘licensable’) and satisfies the framework conditions of private financing and commercial operations. Construction and commissioning of the reactor can commence as soon as the licences are issued.
Having previously worked for Jacobs and Siemens, Jan has spent most of his career employed as a project manager of complex international projects for energy supplier Nuon, most recently as Director of Engineering at Nuon Vattenfall.
The Design & Licensing team consists of several highly qualified specialists who combine with the international nuclear experts of Owner’s Engineer Tractebel Engineering and the experts of Licensing Engineer Arcadis to form an integrated project team.
Licensing Manager Marco Visser studied political science and subsequently developed a career in Quality, Health and Safety. Later, while working among others at Arcadis he specialised in the environment-related aspects of various large-scale industrial projects, in particular licensing and environmental impact reporting.
Before joining PALLAS, Design Control Manager Marisa van der Walt worked at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) and SAFARI-1 medical isotope production reactor in South Africa. In her role as Head of Nuclear Safety and Technology, Marisa was responsible for nuclear safety and the development of new production facilities for medical isotopes. Her study in nuclear technology at North-West University led to her being awarded a Master of Science.

The Manager of Business Case & Financing Titus Tielens is responsible for preparing a business case which serves as a basis for obtaining private financing for construction and commissioning as well as for the operational phase.
Titus has had a career in strategy and business development at various leading organisations, including McKinsey, TNO, Booz & Company and Avery Dennison. His most recent position prior to joining PALLAS was as Strategy and Innovation Manager for the Port Authority of Amsterdam.
The Business Case & Financing team consists of highly qualified specialists in market research and financial modelling, as well as experts in the fields of nuclear medicine and technological nuclear research. In addition, the team has specialist knowledge of financing with in-depth knowledge of medical isotopes.
Business Start-up Manager – Medical Isotope Production Centre Koen Kodde has had a varied international career in the radio and biopharmaceutical sector, most recently as Project Director for MSD. He has set up multiple GMP production facilities.
Programme Developer for Nuclear Research Margaret McGrath has held various research positions at the IFE (Institute for Energy Technology). In recent years, she acted as the Project Manager for the international Halden Reactor Project of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), which carries out research into improving the safety of nuclear reactors and of which the Netherlands is also a member.

Both teams are supported by specialised staff executives with experience in international, complex projects and/or organisations;
Financial Manager Nico van Ginkel has worked for several international organisations, including Ballast Nedam, BAM, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Stork.
SHEQS (Safety, Health, Environment, Quality and Security) Manager Roel Krol has a solid career with Stork (oil and gas industry) and previously worked in project management roles at Promech Sorting Systems and Spaans Bulk Handling Systems.
Communication Manager Anneloes Geldermans previously performed various communication roles at financial and legal organisations including ING, Delta Lloyd and DAS. She has a background in journalism and advised the Ministry of Justice and Education of Aruba on developing training programmes and policy documents for judicial services.

Read more about the core values and the PALLAS policy on the page ‘Environment’.