A FORMER chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has been appointed as chairman of Sellafield Ltd.

Tony Fountain, 55, succeeds Tony Price in the role on April 1, when the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) takes over responsibility for day-to-day management of the nuclear site from the Nuclear Management Partners consortium.

He was chief executive of the NDA from 2009 until 2011 and has 30 years of industry experience, having held key roles at BP and more recently at Reliance Industries’ refining and marketing business in India.

Paul Foster, managing director of Sellafield Ltd said: “In Tony Fountain, the NDA has found someone with the right skills, experience and attributes to chair an organisation with a mission as complex as ours.

"I am looking forward to working closely with Tony as we drive progress in evolving the business.”

The appointment will run for three years and is renewable by mutual agreement.

With an annual spend of around £2bn and 10,000 employees, Sellafield represents one of the largest public-sector funded programmes in UK and takes up 60 per cent of the NDA’s annual budget.