Non-Executive Chair, Sellafield

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

National/ Flexible

  • Location

    National/ Flexible

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitive - Time Commitment: approx. 8 days per month

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    12 January 2021

  • Client

    Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Ref: GSe69423

Sellafield has led the development of the UK’s nuclear industry, from the production of plutonium for the country’s nuclear deterrent programme through to the development of nuclear power generation. Today we are faced with the challenge of cleaning-up the legacy of the site’s early operations, including some of the most hazardous nuclear facilities in Europe.

Sellafield Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and is responsible for the safe and secure operation and clean-up of the Sellafield nuclear site.

Sellafield Ltd is responsible for ensuring that all activities are carried out safely, securely, and predictably, with due regard for the environment and in the long-term interests of the NDA, our employees, the local communities and our supply chain partners.

The NDA is now seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead the Sellafield Ltd Board as it sets the strategic framework and direction for Sellafield Ltd’s operations, in alignment with the NDA’s Strategy.  Working closely with the Sellafield Executive Team, and others where appropriate, you will use your experience to shape and define our strategy and scrutinise the delivery of it. You will set the expectation and pace for change and improvement. Further to this, you will represent the organisation to our stakeholders, suppliers, Government, regulators and the communities in which we operate.

In addition to performing the core role of a Chair, we are seeking candidates with expertise in the delivery of complex, high risk programmes to offer insight into the ongoing operational excellence of the business. Above all, you will bring a demonstrable track record of senior leadership in the delivery of safety critical projects and programmes in a highly regulated sector. You will be a recognised leader with an in depth understanding of operating within a similarly complex group structure.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced non-executive director, with a track record of operating as a Chair, capable of heading up a Board in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code. A track record of leading and reporting within highly public and scrutinised, pressurised environments will be an advantage. The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of building diverse boards and will be an effective communicator across a complex stakeholder landscape. You will work in a collaborative manner, building effective relationships with Board colleagues, the executive team, and across the organisation with an open and personable style.

Closing date23:55 Monday 11 January 2021
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson from w/c 18 January 2021
Short listingw/c 25 January 2021
Further assessment, due diligence, and referencing w/c 1 February 2021
Final interviews from w/c 8 February 2021
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than 23:55 Monday 11th January 2021.

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:

a.  Your motivation for applying for this role

b.  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.

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

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

Darra Power-Mooney, Associate Consultant

07595 781 609

Michael Dobson, Partner and Practice Lead

07891 142 325