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Assessing behavioural competencies to achieve safe, secure and effective performance


16 Dec
Nuclear Security Culture Programme (NSCP)
Assessing behavioural competencies to achieve safe, secure and effective performance
Part of Nuclear Security Culture Programme webinars

Speaker: Wendy Anyster, Consulting Occupational Psychologist, the Leadershipvine Ltd

Chair: Karl Dewey, Research Associate at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS).

This month's Nuclear Security Culture Programme (NSCP) webinar will welcome Wendy Anyster, Director of the Leadershipvine Ltd, a consulting occupational psychology practice. This is the second part of a two-part webinar that was broadcast in September.

The nuclear industry places very rigorous demands and high-performance standards on nuclear professionals due to complexity of the technology and the need for constant safety and security vigilance. The nuclear workforce involved across the spectrum of activities in nuclear facilities need to have the skills, knowledge, and attributes to perform their roles in a safe and effective way. The wrong actions can put others in danger, risk the health and safety of personnel employed at the facility and even have serious consequences for the community at large.

This session will focus on why it is important to assess behavioural competencies and how effective behavioural assessments can help us to achieve safe, secure, and effective performance. The session will include methods of assessment and guidelines to establish fit for purpose behavioural assessment programmes. In particular, the following questions will also be addressed:

  • What influences behaviour at work?
  • Why assess behavioural competencies?
  • What are the best methods to assess behavioural requirements?
  • What are some of the challenges in implementing a behavioural assessment programme
  • What is the role of Occupational Health, HR, and line managers?


Wendy Anyster is a consulting occupational psychologist who has 27 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Prior to becoming a consultant, she held several specialist and management roles at Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, including Head of Human Resources Development and Organisational Development Manager.

She works with clients in the nuclear industry that include nuclear power operators and international safety organisations. She has contributed her expertise to the development of World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear industry guidelines on leadership development and behavioural assessment.

She is passionate about helping individuals to be at their best, teams to work better together and supporting leaders to create engaged thinking and high-performing work environments.

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Karl Dewey

Karl Dewey

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