Executive Recruitment

About The NDA

We ensure the safe and efficient clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is a non-departmental public body created through the Energy Act 2004.

Our headquarters are based in west Cumbria. We own 17 sites across England, Wales and Scotland, some dating back to the 1940s, plus the associated liabilities and assets.

We report to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); for some aspects of our work in Scotland, we are responsible to Scottish ministers.

Our role is strategic: we establish the overall approach, allocate budgets, set targets and monitor progress.

We do not have a hands-on role in cleaning up our facilities. Instead, we deliver our mission through others, primarily 12 businesses.


We are responsible for:

  • decommissioning and cleaning up these nuclear facilities
  • ensuring that all waste products, both radioactive and non-radioactive, are safely managed
  • implementing policy on the long-term management of nuclear waste
  • developing UK-wide strategy and plans for nuclear Low Level Waste (LLW)
  • scrutinising the decommissioning plans of EDF Energy, who own the operating fleet of Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear power stations


Since the NDA was established in 2005, we have made significant progress in delivering safe, sustainable solutions to the challenge of nuclear clean-up and waste management in the UK.

In 2018, NDA will focus on:

  • delivery against the Sellafield Transformation Programme
  • performance against the targets and milestones selected for Magnox, Dounreay and Low Level Waste Repository

More detail on our priorities and progress can be found here.