The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced the appointment of Tony Fountain as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Fountain, who will take up his new position in October, joins the NDA from BP where he was Chief Operating Officer of BP’s Fuels Value Chains business.

NDA Chairman Stephen Henwood said: “Our task moving forward is to focus on delivery and performance in what will clearly be a very challenging environment. Tony’s experience and leadership will be crucial to our future success.”

“The Board is extremely grateful to Richard Waite who, as Acting Chief Executive, has led the NDA team that has delivered strong results for the NDA over the last 12 months – including the successful conclusion of the Sellafield PBO competition and the sale of land around some of our sites. Richard’s experience as acting CEO and his strong nuclear background and track record make him a key member of the senior team and we will be working with him to develop and grow his future role.”