National Nuclear Laboratory


Friday 30 April 2021

Non-Executive Chair Role

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. 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.

To find out more and apply, please visit, or for an informal conversation, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson; Emma French (07384 464 181) or Michael Dobson (07891 142 325).

Time Commitment: minimum 36 days per annum
Remuneration: £40,000 per annum
Location: Flexible

Closing date: 11:00pm, Friday 28 May 2021

 We are committed to the principles of diversity and equal opportunities, and selection is on merit, in order to contribute to a workplace that is diverse and inclusive.