Non-Executive Chair

National Nuclear Laboratory


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £40,000 per annum (minimum of 36 days per annum)

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    15 June 2021

  • Client

    National Nuclear Laboratory

Ref: GSe72817

Owing to the existing Chair’s tenure coming to an end, this is an exciting opportunity to Chair the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) which comes at a critical time given the global focus on solving Net Zero through clean low carbon energy. The NNL sits at the heart of this agenda with world-class science capability. The role of the organisation goes further in helping to restore the environment through technology to support legacy waste clean-up as well as working on innovative disciplines such as nuclear technology for medical applications and cancer treatment and nuclear technology to support space exploration.  We are the UK’s national laboratory responsible for nuclear fission R&D, providing technical support to all aspects of the nation’s nuclear programmes, operating on a commercial basis with key customers such as NDA, MoD, EdF, as well as overseas public and private sector organisations.

The Chair is appointed by the Government, through a process regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA).  In addition to leading the Board, the Chair plays a significant role in the interactions between NNL and the Government as shareholder, notably BEIS and UK Government Investments.  Candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to lead the board of an agile technical organisation in a key policy sector. They will bring experience as a Non-executive Director with the ability to engage a diverse stakeholder base including within senior levels of government.

Whilst specific experience of the nuclear sector is not a requirement, experience of operating in a safety, regulated environment is essential. Our success is measured in part by operating on a financially self-sustaining basis, as well as facilitating significant value savings, so candidates will also bring strong commercial acumen.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
11:00pm on Friday 28th May 2021

Short listing
w/c 31 May 2021 - w/c 14 June 2021

Final panel
w/c 21 June 2021

How to apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than 11:00pm Friday 28 May 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:
    1. Your motivation for applying for this role
    2. 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;
  3. A completed Diversity Monitoring Form;
  4. A completed Conflict of Interests Form.

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

NNL is a place where everyone is valued, respected and welcomed. Our ongoing commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) means we’re creating an inclusive workplace, built upon equal policies, procedures and transparency, where everyone’s free to be themselves and feel like they belong. From early careers to executive level, we look beyond barriers to find the people for the job.

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:

Dr Emma French, Principal Consultant
07384 464 181

Michael Dobson, Partner and Practice Lead
07891 142 325


  1. NNL Chair - Disability Confident Scheme and Conflicts of Interest.docx