Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - Non-Executive Director (Programme and Projects Committee Chair)

Body: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Energy, Science & Technology
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: Major Projects
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £40,000 per year
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment for this role is 3 days per month.


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

Chris Train OBE has been appointed to the Board of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority from 10 January 2022.

Date: 16/12/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/09/2021 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 27 September

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 18 & 25 October

  • Announcement

    16/12/2021 at 14:00

Please note that the sift and interview dates may be subject to change.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The work of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is critical to the country, for this and future generations, and being a Board member is a unique opportunity to make a nationally significant contribution.

The NDA’s mission is to safely and securely clean-up the UK’s nuclear legacy across its 17 sites, reducing risks previously considered so complex and dangerous that it was not clear how they might be overcome. Its 120-year mission is one of the UK’s largest liabilities, and the group’s 16,000 people and estates are home to the UK’s most challenging technical problems, as well as its greatest engineering prowess

The NDA sets the overall strategy for decommissioning and waste management across its sites and performance manages its group of delivery businesses – such as Sellafield – with the aim of maximising value to the taxpayer. The Board provides effective leadership and strategic direction to the NDA.

The NDA is seeking an exceptional non-executive Board member to join its Board and chair one of its important Board committees, the Programmes and Projects Committee. 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.

As Programmes and Projects Committee Chair you will have knowledge and experience of major projects and large-scale programme/project management expertise. You will have experience working on major infrastructure project procurement, contract management and contract execution. You will also have experience working at Board level in either an Executive or Non-Executive capacity.

Person Specification


  • Knowledge and experience of major projects
  • Large scale programme / project management and assurance with capital intensive industries
  • Experience of major infrastructure project procurement, contract management and contract execution
  • Experience working at Board level in either an Executive or Non-Executive capacity



  • Experience as a Non-Executive at a comparably complex organisation
  • Experience chairing a Board or Board committee or similar
  • Familiarity with a similarly complex and/or regulated sector
  • Experience of government context.



  • 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;
  • Results orientation and a willingness to look for solutions combined with a focus on targeted performance measurement;
  • An appreciation of the potential differences that come from operating in a public sector environment; and
  • Adaptability and pragmatism, including an ability to adapt quickly to fast moving situations.

Additional Information

More information can be found in the attached candidate pack

Applicants will be asked to fill out a diversity monitoring form and declare any potential conflicts of interest.

Please note: Due Diligence will be undertaken on shortlisted candidates

It is anticipated that the appointment will be for a period of 3 years,

How to Apply

The roles are appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in consultation with Scottish ministers; and the search is led by our employment agency advisor Saxton Bampfylde Ltd.

For further information and to apply visit using reference AANAE, or call +44 (0)20 7227 0880.  Applications close noon on 6 September 2021.

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