Lieutenant General Sir Philip Trousdell KBE CB has been appointed as interim Chair of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority to take over from Sir Chris Fox, who has stepped down.
Lord Marland of Odstock, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said:
“I would like to thank Sir Chris for his work as Chair of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority. He has made a truly valuable contribution to the organisation.
“I welcome General Trousdell to the authority as interim Chair and wish him every success with this important work.”
Notes for editors
The Civil Nuclear Police Authority is the public body responsible for the oversight of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, which provides a dedicated, on-site armed response capability for designated UK civil nuclear sites and designated movements of civil nuclear material.
Sir Philip Trousdell KBE CB served in the British Army from 1968 to 2005, reaching the rank of Lieutenant General. From 2000 to 2001 he was Commander of Operations for the Stabilisation Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 2001 to 2003 he was Commandant of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. From 2003 to 2005 he was General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland.
The appointment will be for up to nine months, until a permanent Chair is appointed following the full OCPA (Office of the Commissioner of Public Appointments) regulated process for appointments to national and regional public bodies.
General Trousdell holds no other ministerial public appointments. Because of the need to make an appointment quickly, it was not possible to hold a full public appointments process in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. This appointment was therefore discussed and agreed with the Commissioner for a duration of nine months while the Department of Energy and Climate Change runs an open competition to appoint a successor to Sir Chris Fox.
In his response to the political activity questionnaire, General Trousdell has declared no relevant political activity.