Jean-Bernard Chérié, previously IRSN Secretary General, has been appointed Deputy Director General of the IRSN, responsible for administration, as from 1st February 2010.
Chief civil engineer, 52 year-old Jean-Bernard Chérié began his career in 1982 in the Normandy Regional Industry Research and Environment Directorate where he was responsible for energy, before taking on industrial development questions.
From 1987 to 1990, as Technical Co-operation Attaché at the French Embassy in Algiers, he was responsible for the plant, industry and energy sectors. He then joined the "Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées" engineering school, where he was responsible for developing international continuing education programmes.
In 1992 he joined the General Directorate for Energy and Raw Materials (DGEMP) in the French Ministry of Finance and Industry as Assistant to the Head of Nuclear Affairs, taking responsibility for international matters, and acting as special advisor to the Director General for questions of nuclear safety in Eastern Europe.
In 1998, he was appointed International Relations Manager for the Nuclear Safety and Protection Institute (IPSN) that became the IRSN in 2002. He then became Deputy Director of IRSN’s Strategy, Development and External Affairs Department.
This last function involved reforming the IRSN’s support functions: human resources, finance, legal and commercial affairs, and computing. He was Secretary of the IRSN’s Board of Directors and member of the financial committee of the combined French/German European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) Riskaudit.