The NDA has announced that its Chief Executive John Clarke is to retire this year. The move has come as something of a surprise and there is speculation that it is linked with last Friday’s High Court ruling that the NDA has wrongly awarded the Magnox contract. The ruling in favour of Energy Solutions found that the NDA had wrongly awarded the contract. This allows Energy Solutions to seek damages which could be quite substantial.
However, NDA Chairman Stephen Henwood praised Mr Clark’s achievements at the helm of the organisation saying, “John has made a major contribution to the NDA and its mission to safely clean up the UK’s nuclear legacy. Through his leadership, drive and commitment, John has improved performance at Sellafield with a new operating model, delivered an integrated approach to accelerating decommissioning across the estate and created an optimised strategy, resulting in increased value to the taxpayer.”
“The NDA has made great progress under John’s leadership, but I recognise that the CEO role is all-consuming and places great demands on both the individual and their family. I must therefore respect John’s wishes and reluctantly accept his decision to retire.”
For his part John Clarke said, “I have been honoured and privileged to lead the NDA and its exceptional people through some major changes. It’s a demanding role and now is the time to hand the reins to someone who can take the organisation through the next phase of its development over the next five years.”
The NDA is now setting in train a process to recruit a successor and have a smooth handover period. Mr Clarke’s precise departure date will be announced later once the timing of this process is clearer.