Body: Committee on Radioactive Waste Management
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Energy
Location: CoRWM members are based all over the UK and are committed to flexible working. Members generally work remotely and make regular use of video and teleconferencing. Committee meetings and work may be conducted at various locations around the UK and there may also be some limited overseas travel.
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair will receive a part-time pay at the rate of £450 per day. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: Up to 78 days per year. Any additional days worked will be on a voluntary basis.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Greg Clark appoints Sir Nigel Thrift as the new Chair to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM).

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Vacancy Description

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) provides independent scrutiny and advice to UK Government and Devolved Administration Ministers on the long-term management of radioactive waste, including storage and disposal. The Committee’s primary task is to provide independent scrutiny on the UK Government’s and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd’s (RWM’s) high profile programme to deliver geological disposal, together with interim storage, for higher activity wastes.

Details of CoRWM’s governance, as well as their reports and minutes of meetings, are available at

The role of the CoRWM Chair is high profile and the Chair may be required to appear before Parliamentary Select Committees. The Chair is also the Committee’s main point of contact with stakeholders and will represent the Committee’s views to both broadcasting and written media (where required).

The CoRWM Chair will:

  • manage the relationship between CoRWM and Sponsor Departments and Ministers, ensuring that the Committee’s work programme and its delivery meets sponsors’ requirements, including alignment with current stages of Government programmes for radioactive waste management;
  • be responsible for effectively managing the Committee so that the work programme is realistically focussed according to the resources available and outputs are delivered within the timescale agreed with sponsor officials;
  • ensure CoRWM’s outputs are well-informed, balanced, accurate, clear in their intent and maintain the Committee’s reputation for impartiality and authority;
  • ensure the Committee speaks with a unified voice and that, where possible, a consensus is reached on CoRWM’s advice and public position on issues;
  • chair plenary meetings of the Committee, set agendas, encourage and value contributions from all the members;
  • ensure that all Committee members contribute to CoRWM’s work programme, that the workload is shared appropriately amongst members, and that members receive regular, constructive feedback on their performance;
  • be the main point of contact with stakeholders and the media as necessary, representing CoRWM in an authoritative manner and communicating effectively on key issues regarding the Committee’s work;
  • ensure CoRWM submits its annual written report to Ministers, setting out the Committee’s progress with its agreed work programme, advice deriving from it and costs incurred;
  • be available to present the position of CoRWM to Parliament or Assembly committees and representatives as appropriate; and
  • ensure that CoRWM works with its secretariat to deliver its work programme as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

The position of Chair will be supported by a Deputy Chair (appointed from the Committee members on the Chair’s recommendation), and a small Secretariat based in BEIS (1 Victoria Street).

Person Specification

We are looking for a Chair with vision and a strong record of leadership and achievement. The appointee will be capable of successfully and objectively leading others, grasping complex technical issues and managing a diverse group of experts to deliver substantial results.

They will need to represent the Committee in a range of public fora. In addition, the Chair will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to encourage participation, mediate as necessary and build consensus within the Committee.

In addition, the Chair will be skilled in the fostering of constructive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. He or she will also have the personal credibility and presence to be a key point of contact for Ministers and senior stakeholders as well as having a good understanding of the process of public sector decision making.

Your application should demonstrate the following:

Essential criteria

  • Experience of chairing group discussions to deliver specified outcomes within a clear remit, balancing conflicting interests to achieve consensus, where possible;
  • First rate leadership and motivational skills, particularly the ability to lead a multidisciplinary team to deliver successful outcomes;
  • Operational experience at a senior level;
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate complex technical information and to consider such information as part of strategic decision-making at a senior level;
  • Excellent personal communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate technical information to a wide range of stakeholders and the public; and
  • The ability to listen to, command the confidence of, and influence stakeholders, including business.

Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of the issues and challenges involved in managing radioactive waste;
  • Experience of dealing with the media;
  • An understanding of how public advisory bodies work; and
  • An awareness of Devolved Administration responsibilities (in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), within the UK and the potential need for tailored advice for different administrations.

Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to BEIS on this appointment.


A candidate brief with full application details can be obtained from their website at using reference code QATXA. Alternatively email or telephone 0207 227 0880 during office hours.

Applications should be received by 23.00 on 19 February 2018.

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