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. We will now set in train the process to select his successor and secure a smooth hand-over. The precise timing of John’s departure will be announced at a future date.