Trustee-Director – Chair of Audit Committee
The Nuclear Trust and Nuclear Liabilities Fund

Context

The Nuclear Liabilities Fund (NLF) holds approximately £9.5 billion and was established to meet the costs of decommissioning the UK’s second-generation nuclear power stations, which are currently operated by EDFE. The Fund helps ensure the industry is able to meet its security and environmental responsibilities with regard to the waste management and decommissioning of these plants.

The NLF is controlled by the Nuclear Trust, a Scottish Trust with five trustees. By convention, the trustees of the Nuclear Trust appoint themselves as directors of the NLF, with the Trust Chair chairing the NLF Board. Three of the Trustee-Directors are appointed by the BEIS Secretary of State and two by EDFE.

UK Government Investments (UKGI) on behalf of the BEIS Secretary of State is seeking to appoint a Trustee-Director with investment and finance experience to the boards of the Nuclear Trust and NLF to fill a vacancy which arises this spring with the retirement of one of the Trustee-Directors. The new Trustee-Director will also chair the NLF’s Audit Committee. The anticipated time commitment for the role is c.33 days per year.

The primary objective of the NLF board and the Trustee-Directors is to manage the Fund assets to meet its decommissioning liabilities. The Fund also has an ancillary role in offering strategic challenge to EDFE’s decommissioning plans.

The Role

This role offers the opportunity for active participation in managing innovative investment strategies to meet the Fund’s future liabilities. In addition, the right candidate will oversee the development of the Audit Committee at a time when payments out of the NLF are expected to increase significantly.

The appointee will join a board that is making a major contribution to the UK economy, to the public good and to the financial and environmental wellbeing of future generations.

Key responsibilities of the Trustees include:

• Determining appropriate investment strategies to implement the agreed investment policy, and evaluating options and providing advice to help the BEIS Secretary of State shape future investment policy.

• Monitoring the performance of the investment portfolio and providing appropriate oversight and challenge to NLF’s fiduciary manager in relation to investment strategy, fund governance and risk management.

• Ongoing review of liquidity requirements, to anticipate possible changes to investment strategy necessary in the future and advice to BEIS on these.

• Monitor, evaluate and manage risks to (and opportunities for) the fund.

• The board is collectively responsible for fostering constructive relationships with key stakeholders to further the NLF’s strategic objective. To this end, ensure the Fund’s strategic objective is fully understood and has the support of stakeholders.

• Appreciation of the political context within which the NLF operates and its public sector responsibility. The board’s governance and conduct must exhibit the highest standards of governance, propriety and transparency.

The Individual

The successful candidate will need a combination of high level investment expertise and accounting and / or audit knowledge, together with excellent inter-personal, communication and influencing skills. The appointee must demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, authority and independence.

Key requirements:

• A demonstrable record of leadership at senior management level in an investment/asset management/financial institution, or similar role.

• Senior level expertise and competence in accounting or auditing.

• Experience of operating at Board level, preferably including in a non-executive capacity.

• Excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to challenge and be challenged and a demonstratable ability to manage complex stakeholder relationships within a senior leadership context.

• Strong intellectual capability, with the capacity to understand technical financial issues and to think strategically.

• A commitment to the values of public service.

Candidate Brief attached.

The application deadline is midnight on Sunday 23rd February 2020.

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