Tom Smith


Previously a Non-Executive Director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority(NDA), Tom was appointed Chair of NDA in March 2017.

Tom began his career 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.

In 1990 he joined Trafalgar House plc and held several senior positions before becoming Managing Director of Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL) in 1997, in which role he led the development and construction of the M6Toll, the UK’s first privately financed toll motorway. He subsequently joined the Go-Ahead Group plc as Managing Director Rail Development and over 10 years was instrumental in turning Go-Ahead into one of the country’s largest passenger rail operators.

He was Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies from 2009 to 2013. He was a non-executive director of Highways England from 2014 to 2016.


The Chair of the NDA is responsible for leading the organisation and making sure that it fulfills all of its goals.

Previous roles in government

  1. Non-executive director

    • 2015 to 2017
  2. Non-executive Director

    • 2014 to 2017
  3. Non-executive director

    • 2014 to 2015