The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has announced the appointment of David Peattie as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

From 1 March 2017 David will be responsible for leading the NDA in the decommissioning and clean-up of 17 legacy nuclear sites across the UK, including Sellafield. He replaces John Clarke, who steps down after five years in the role.

David Peattie said: “It is a privilege to have been asked to take on this important role, which is central to delivering the important mission of decommissioning the UK’s nuclear legacy.

“The NDA, its subsidiaries and Site Licence Companies, have a highly-skilled and focused workforce, and I look forward to working with them to drive forward progress on clearing our sites for future generations.”

Peattie is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Petroleum Engineering). He was previously CEO at Fairfield Energy, where he led the successful turnaround of performance of North Sea assets and oversaw the start of the decommissioning project for the Dunlin Alpha Platform.

Tom Smith, who begins his term as chairman of the NDA on the same day, said: “I am delighted the NDA has secured a new CEO of such calibre and experience and I am looking forward to working with him in driving forward delivery of the vital mission to clear up the UK’s nuclear legacy.”

The appointment was made by the non-executive members of the NDA Board, with the approval of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary of State Greg Clark.

Energy Minister Jesse Norman said: “The NDA carries out essential work decommissioning and cleaning up the UK’s nuclear legacy, keeping our citizens safe and secure and protecting the environment. David’s considerable experience in roles across the energy sector makes him well-placed to lead the organisation and take this vital work forward.”