NIS Patrons

Jonathon Porritt

NIS Patron

Jonathon Porritt is a co-founder of Forum for the Future, former director of Friends of the Earth UK (1984 – 1990), and a former co-chair of the Green Party (1980 – 1983).  He stood down as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009 after nine years of providing high-level advice to government ministers, and was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012.  Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

Nick Ritchie

NIS Patron

Nick researches and teaches in international relations and international security at the University of York, and previously ran the 'Nuclear Armed Britain' programme at the University of Bradford, examining progressive options for British nuclear weapons policy on a path towards nuclear disarmament.

NIS Board Members

Duncan Barnet

NIS Board Member

Duncan is a retired ACMA qualified accountant with 16 years experience in industry followed by over 25 years in the voluntary sector. He is the Nuclear Information Service Company Secretary, providing financial management advice and ensuring that company legal and governance obligations are met.

Ele Carpenter

NIS Board Member

Ele is a curator, writer and researcher in politicised art and social networks of making. She is curatorial researcher in Nuclear Culture with The Arts Catalyst, Senior Lecturer in MFA Curating and convenor of the Nuclear Culture Research Group at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has over 20 years experience of working across the visual arts in public museums and galleries and in Higher Education.

Paul Harper

NIS Board Member
Vice Chair

Paul has over 20 years experience, both as a board member and manager, with education, campaigning, and advice organisations in the voluntary sector alongside experience as a senior manager in local government. He brings his expertise in strategic and organisational development and performance management to the Nuclear Information Service Board.

Ailsa Johnson

NIS Board Member

Ailsa has been a grassroots campaigner for 30 years at a local and national level with various groups such as CND, Surrey Peace Action Network and Aldermaston Womens Peace Camp.

Di McDonald

NIS Board Member
Chair of the Board of Directors

Di founded Nuclear Information Service to provide information on nuclear issues after living at Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and working with Cruisewatch in the 1980s. She retired as our Project Director in 2009 and now brings a wealth of network contacts to the organisation through her previous roles in The Submarine Dismantling Project, Nuclear Submarine Forum, Solent Coalition Against Nuclear Ships, Peacerights and her continuing  support for Nukewatch.

Tim Street

NIS Board Member

Tim has been working on peace and disarmament issues since 2005. He has worked with Nuclear Information Service, Campaign Against Arms Trade and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Tim recently completed his PhD exploring Nuclear Disarmament at Warwick University and is now working as a researcher at Oxford Research Group.

Ben Whitham

NIS Board Member

Ben is currently Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University, Leicester. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Reading in 2015 for a thesis on the "neoliberal way of war", which explored post-Cold War UK security policy. In his present role, Ben teaches and researches across a range of areas within the field of international relations, including security studies and diplomacy. His work has been published in the journals Resilience and Political Studies Review. Ben has also worked as a professional policy researcher at the national headquarters of Citizens Advice, and has previously taught international relations on a part-time basis at three other universities.  

NIS Staff

David Cullen

NIS Staff
Research Manager

David Cullen has a background in environmental, social justice and disarmament campaigning. He worked for six years as the main researcher for the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, and before joining Nuclear Information Service he worked on a community energy project in Salford.

Trish Whitham

NIS Staff

Trish combines senior marketing and management experience gained in the IT industry with many years campaigning experience on nuclear issues. Her work with Nuclear Information Service includes planning and executing projects and events, research, copywriting, social media, website, office administration, fund raising, recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers. 

NIS Volunteers

Chris Burden


Chris has been a regular volunteer with NIS since 2011 providing invaluable assistance with research and administration work 

Lucas Bertholdi-Saad



Lucas is a History & Economics student at the University of Oxford who has been volunteering at NIS since 2017 helping with project, admin and research work.