Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Non Executive Board Member (Chair of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee)

Body: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Energy
Location: The NDA operates 17 sites across the UK and has offices in Cumbria, Warrington and London. The ability and willingness to travel around the UK will be essential.
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £40,000
Time Requirements: 3 days per month


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

Date: 29/07/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    23/02/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 28.03.22

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 11.04.22

  • Announcement


Please note that all times are subject to change


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) plays a role of national importance; cleaning up our nuclear legacy in a safe, secure and cost-effective way, and securing disposal of nuclear materials into the future to enable the UK’s green economy. The NDA has a strategic role which establishes the overall approach to the decommissioning and waste management work across its wider group and oversees its safe and efficient delivery through the NDA’s group of companies. The Chair and Non-executive members of the Board, working together with the CEO and Executive team, have an important role in providing united leadership across the diverse group.

Board members provide oversight of the NDA and work with government, regulators and other key stakeholders to shape the organisation’s strategy and play a leading role in developing the organisation to deliver its challenging mission in a better way. The NDA is seeking an exceptional Non-executive Board member to join its Board and chair the important Audit and Risk Assurance Board committee. This Board committee was established to ensure the continuous monitoring of the effectiveness of the risk assurance control framework established by the Board.

As Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, you will advise and report to the NDA Board on strategic processes for risk management, control and governance; assurances relating to the effectiveness and quality of the group risk management framework; anti-fraud and accounting policies; financial reporting; and internal and external audit plans, activities and performance. These responsibilities extend to the core NDA and the wider NDA Group.

The ideal candidate will have audit committee experience as a Non-executive on the Board of a complex organisation, possess a chartered accountant or equivalent qualification with relevant financial expertise at an organisation of comparable scale and complexity, as well as experience of overseeing risk at Board level. A previous track record of shaping and implementing strategy and delivering transformational change is further required. Risk committee experience, experience chairing a Board or Board committees as a Non-executive and experience working with the public sector is desirable.

This is a hugely exciting, challenging and rewarding position in which decisions over the coming years can carry weight for the next generation and beyond.

Person Specification

Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Chair

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate substantial relevant experience and achievements to show their competence for this role.

When completing your application, please ensure you provide evidence against the criteria below, against which your application will be assessed


  • Audit Committee experience as a Non-executive on the Board of a large scale and/or complex organisation;
  • Chartered accountant or equivalent qualification with relevant financial expertise at a complex organisation, preferably at group level;
  • Experience overseeing risk at a Board level; and
  • Experience of shaping and implementing strategy and delivering transformational change.


  • Risk Committee experience as a Non-executive on the Board of a complex organisation; preferably a group structure;
  • Previous experience chairing a Board or Board committees as a Non-executive;
  • Experience working with the public sector and/or an understanding of how the public sector context may impact this role; and
  • Familiarity with a similarly complex and regulated sector at an Executive or Non-executive level.


  • Clear and effective influencing and communication skills, including a desire to and an ability to contribute fully to Board discussions and activities;
  • Team working and collaboration skills, including an ability to work together with other Executives and Non-executives in the organisation to capture opportunities and solve collective problems;
  • An open and independent mind with the courage to challenge existing assumptions effectively but constructively, and communicate with a wide range of audiences;
  • Strategic thinking with an ability to analyse complex issues and promote innovative thinking;
  • An appreciation of the roles of Non-executives and Executives and how these roles interact efficiently and constructively;
  • Results orientation and a willingness to look for solutions combined with a focus on targeted performance measurement;
  • Adaptability and pragmatism, including an ability to adapt quickly to fast moving situations; and
  • Ability to handle complex and sensitive issues effectively.

Additional Information

It is anticipated that the appointment will be for a period of around 3 years, renewable by mutual agreement.

Disability Confident

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is an accredited user of the Disability Confident symbol, which signifies organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled applicants. All Disability Confident Employers will offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirements for a job or role. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the declaration in the Diversity Monitoring Form provided. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability. Whether you choose to apply under the Disability Confident scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular adjustments for you when attending an interview.

Conflicts of Interest and Due Diligence

Public Appointments require the highest standards of propriety, involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity, in relation to stewardship of public funds and the oversight and management of all related activities. This means that any private, voluntary, charitable or political interest that might be material and relevant to the work of the body concerned should be declared. It is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue(s) in your application. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media. The Panel may explore issues with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment. As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Panel and they may wish to explore issues with you, should you be invited to interview.

How to Apply

GatenbySanderson has been appointed as employment agency adviser to assist with this appointment.

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than noon Wednesday 23rd February 2022.  All applications must be submitted using the link 

You will be asked to submit the following:

  1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
  2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than three pages) explaining: Your motivation for applying for this role and how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

In addition, to be considered for the role, you must complete a Diversity Monitoring Form and a Declaration of Conflicts of Interest/ Political Activity form.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application or are unable to apply online please contact

We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included, and able to perform at their best.

At the NDA we are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive, and we therefore particularly welcome applications from women, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson:

Peter Guilder, Principal Researcher

07545 441127

Darra Power-Mooney, Associate Consultant, Central Government

07595 781 609

Michael Dobson, Partner and Practice Lead, Central Government

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