Job Title: Chief Executive Officer (formerly Secretary General)

Closing date: 29/02/2024
Are you looking for an opportunity to influence the future of global nuclear transport? Do you have experience and a thorough understanding of the nuclear industry? The World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI) might have the perfect job for you!

As the CEO of the World Nuclear Transport Institute, you will lead an agile global organisation, implement the approved strategy and serve as the main spokesperson for the organisation and our members. You will play a vital role in coordinating global activities and influencing strategies to drive the highest standards of safety and security in the global transport of nuclear and radioactive material.

WNTI Context:

The World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI) was founded in April 1998 to represent the collective interests of the nuclear transport industry. WNTI is a global non-governmental membership organisation headquartered in London, UK.

‘Keeping Nuclear Moving’ – WNTI’s purpose is to drive the highest standards of safety and security in the global transport of nuclear and radioactive materials. The strategic objectives for WNTI are to:

  • Be the authoritative voice on behalf of the industry and our Members.
  • Drive stakeholder collaboration
  • Innovate, learn and share
  • Influence Policy, Regulation and Practice in Industry.

WNTI Members are drawn from companies with a demonstrable stakeholding in maintaining safe and secure transportation of nuclear and radioactive materials. WNTI protects and enhances Members interests to influence regulatory change affecting the transport of nuclear materials and represents Members interests to several intergovernmental organisations, UN specialized agencies and non-governmental bodies.

During 2022, a strategic review was undertaken that resulted in a refreshed strategy being approved by the WNTI Board of Directors. In parallel, a revised Operating Model was implemented that created a Portfolio Board. This board is tasked with understanding priorities across the membership of WNTI, integrating these into a coherent portfolio with clear priorities, and resourcing accordingly.

WNTI is a company limited by guarantee registered in England, with a Board of Directors drawn from the three Founder Members (currently operating as Orano, Japanese Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Group). The Board sets and monitors the strategy and strategic objectives against which the Portfolio Board agree and define tactical objectives.

Role Expectations:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has full responsibility to run WNTI within the strategic aims and framework agreed and defined by the Board. The CEO will be a key contributor of future strategic direction and shaping the Operating Model. The Portfolio Board remains formative and requires strong, determined leadership and vision to improve integration, prioritisation and effectiveness.

The role has two broad areas of responsibility in addition to day-to-day operational business management:

  • Delivery duties to ensure WNTI remains sustainable and relevant, offers value to Members and delivers their needs.
  • Ambassadorial duties to promote the WNTI brand, ensure WNTI remains authoritative in its field and attracts stakeholder support and membership growth.

The successful candidate needs to be fluent in English with a second language preferable. They also need to have a good understanding of the global nuclear industry, with knowledge of nuclear transport preferable but not essential. The Board is looking primarily for strong leadership and delivery driven individuals.

Delivery duties

  • Contribute to and implement the Board approved Strategy against clear and transparent delivery objectives.
  • Address membership issues and challenges.
  • Full business planning and delivery responsibility to meet strategic and operational needs.
  • Optimise the running costs of the organisation ensuring value for money.
  • Develop and monitor the annual budget for Board validation including agreement on overseas missions, alignment with strategic objectives and approval of portfolio board priorities.
  • Monitor adherence to budget, reporting deviations and proposing corrective actions.
  • Deliver effective management, learning and development of the WNTI team.
  • Reporting on delivery performance to the board and wider members.
  • Ensure internal controls are appropriate, robust and maintain compliance.

Ambassadorial duties

  • To promote WNTI on the global stage, raising awareness of its role and benefits of membership.
  • To ensure WNTI acts as an influential voice on behalf of its members and wider global nuclear transport community.
  • Develop and maintain influence and close relationships with stakeholders, including regulators, intergovernmental organisations (such as IAEA, IMO, ISO), and industry associations (WNA, WANO, WINS etc.).
  • Pursue opportunities for collaboration and co-operation with other industry organisations.
  • Hold gravitas with executive leaders to enable WNTI members to provide authoritative advice and leadership on all matters related to nuclear transport, including providing access to technical expertise.
  • Maintain and grow membership, being representative of global interests.
  • Provide a forum for members to exchange information and ideas, and act as a catalyst in the development of consolidated industry positions.

Responsibility and Accountability:

The CEO is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a small, dedicated team of 3 employees, along with seconded technical experts from the Founder Members (3 No.), regional global representatives (3-5 No.) and consultants deployed to progress the mission (2-5 No.).

The CEO reports to the Chair of the Board and will work closely with the Honorary Secretary who reports to the Board. The Board has ultimate responsibility for all WNTI matters and sets the WNTI Strategy and performance expectations through approved strategic and tactical objectives. Principal accountabilities and responsibilities for the CEO include:

  • Leading and growing a sustainable WNTI business, and building financial security
  • Effective day to day operations of WNTI with full responsibility for organisational delivery and performance
  • Responsible for maintaining/ growing the membership
  • Engaging, developing and managing WNTI staff, contractors and secondees
  • Full business planning and budgetary responsibility
  • Responsible for the effectiveness of the Portfolio Board including annual activity planning and monitoring delivery
  • Responsible for setting and maintaining effective internal controls
  • Responsible for financial and performance reporting to the Board
  • Responsible for promoting the WNTI brand on an international stage
  • Maintaining contemporary knowledge of trends in the nuclear and transport sectors
  • Responsible for maintaining excellent member and stakeholder relations
  • Responsible for delivering a successful International Symposium on the Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Materials (PATRAM) every 3 years
  • Responsible for organising regular member communications, engagement and events (such as the Semi-Annual Members Meeting (SAMM))
  • Work with the Honorary Secretary on all governance and statutory responsibilities
  • Responsible in co-operation with the Chair and Honorary Secretary for agreeing the Board agenda and providing timely, accurate and quality information for Board consideration.

The CEO will operate within a defined delegated authority matrix that enables empowerment of the wider WNTI team.

Values and Behaviours:

  • Act with honesty, integrity and respect.
  • Drive inclusivity, diversity and equality in all activities.
  • Deliver on agreed plans.
  • Act as an ambassador for the membership and wider community.
  • Encourage creativity and strive to improve.

In addition, we expect the CEO to:

  • Be results orientated.
  • Manage and embrace change.


Terms are negotiable and flexible with some previous Secretary Generals (now redefined as the CEO) being either seconded from Founder Member organisations or employed on a fixed-term basis. WNTI is headquartered in London, UK. Key aspects to consider include:

  • Ideal opportunity for career progression into a CEO role
  • Option for secondment, permanent or fixed term employment
  • Blended working option with some time spent routinely in London and some time working elsewhere
  • Ability to travel internationally on a regular basis both in Europe and globally
  • Salary, pension and bonus commensurate with experience and qualifications:
    • Non-contributory pension scheme of 9%
    • Bonus potential 18%

Flexibility in overall package and benefits to tailor requirements to individual needs.

How to apply

To apply for this position please send your CV and a Cover Letter via email to WNTI Chair, Chris Watson: [email protected]
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Closing date: 29/02/2024

With your CV and Cover Letter in PDF or Microsoft Word format, please include the below information in your application:

  • Full Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Current Position/Company

and finally, please include your responses to the below questions:

  1. Do you have the right to work in the UK?
  2. Are you fluent in English?
  3. Do you have a valid passport?

We endeavour to respond to all applications, and thank you for your patience.