Tom Smith, currently a non-executive Director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), will take over from Stephen Henwood as Chairman on 1 March following his appointment by Energy Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe. Stephen Henwood, will step down as Chair after 9 years in the role, to be replaced by Mr Smith who’s term off office will run until February 2010.
Tom Smith said, “I am honoured to have been asked by the government to become the NDA’s Chairman and in doing so oversee the important task of decommissioning the UK’s nuclear legacy. It is a privilege to be taking up this post with the NDA, which through a highly-skilled workforce, cutting-edge innovation, and strong utilisation of the UK supply chain, is making good progress on delivering its exceptionally challenging mission.”
“I would like to thank Stephen for his excellent stewardship of the NDA over the last 9 years, and wish him well for the future. It has been a pleasure to serve on the board under him.”
Tom Smith has a strong track record in delivering infrastructure projects and complex commercial contracts between the public and private sectors, and since 2013 he has been a member of the NDA Board. With a degree in Chemistry his initial career was in the Diplomatic Service, working in London, Hong Kong and Beijing between 1979 and 1990, when he was part of the team that negotiated the 1984 treaty with China on Hong Kong.
Most recently his career has focussed on the transport sector he spent 10 years at the Go-Ahead Group plc, becoming Managing Director Rail Development and was instrumental in making Go-Ahead one of Britain’s largest train operators. He was Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies from 2009 to 2013. Previous to his career in the rail industry, he was Managing Director of Midland Expressway, the company that developed and operates the M6Toll; and held a number of senior positions at Trafalgar House plc.
In 2013 he was appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, serving as a member of the NDA’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. In January 2014, Mr Smith was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Highways Agency and became a Non-Executive Director of Highways England on 1 April 2015. He is also Chairman of Angel Trains Group.