Feb 262016


Recruiter: Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)
Location: London
Salary: £300 per day, part-time
Posted: 22 Feb 2016
Closes: 18 Mar 2016
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Public
Position Type: Permanent

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) is looking to appoint a diverse group of 11 members.

About the Committee

CoRWM plays an essential and high profile role in demonstrating government commitment to transparency and use of evidence in guiding radioactive waste policy. In doing so it helps to create greater public understanding and trust. The Committee provides independent advice, based on informed scrutiny of the available evidence, to UK Government and Devolved Administration Ministers on the long-term management of radioactive waste, including storage and disposal.

Its primary task is to provide independent evidence-based advice to the UK Government, on its programme to deliver geological disposal, together with interim storage, for higher activity waste. A long-term solution to the management of this waste is crucial in supporting the UK Government’s policy for new nuclear power stations.

This is vital to the UK Government’s delivery of a highly-engineered geological disposal facility, compliant with stringent regulatory requirements, using the approach of working in partnership with local communities. It is also vital to the on-going development and implementation of safe, secure, environmentally sound and publicly acceptable radioactive waste management programmes across the UK.

About the role of members

We are currently looking to appoint a diverse group of eleven members to join the existing Chair. It is expected that members will spend a maximum of one day per week on CoRWM business. Appointment terms will be for two or four years. Remuneration will be £300 per day.

Committee members work, under the Chair’s supervision, to deliver CoRWM’s programme of scrutiny and advice to Governments. This involves participating in sub-groups on specific issues of interest, drafting papers, and representing CoRWM at meetings with organisations that contribute to the Committee’s work, the public, a wide range of stakeholders and the media.

About you

You will be able to build good working relationships and achieve consensus within a multi-disciplinary team, working co-operatively to achieve programme outcomes. Good communication and analytical skills will be vital. You will be able to build good working relationships and achieve consensus within a multi-disciplinary team, working co-operatively to achieve programme outcomes. Good communication and analytical skills will be vital. You will also be able to demonstrate, and have a proven track record in one or more of the particular skills and experience that we are seeking to bring into the Committee in this appointment round. These include:

  • Geosciences including geology, geophysics, geochemistry and hydrogeology.
  • Geological disposal of radioactive waste.
  • Intermediate and deep underground radioactive waste disposal concepts and the performance of engineered barriers.
  • Underground design, engineering and construction.
  • Nuclear safety, security, safeguards, environmental protection and radiation protection.
  • Radioactive waste management technology & the operation of nuclear facilities.
  • Nuclear science & engineering including interim storage of nuclear materials.
  • Practical experience of regulation in the context of the UK nuclear industry.
  • Project management and delivery of large infrastructure projects.
  • Public & stakeholder engagement.
  • Practical experience of working in or with local government.
  • Land use Planning.
  • Nuclear and Environmental Law.
  • Practical experience of planning law.
  • Practical experience of the law relating to Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and National Policy Statements.

Person Specification

Demonstrable expertise in one or more of the areas specified in the vacancy description. In addition to demonstrating one or more of these areas of expertise, members will be selected against the following criteria:

Essential criteria

Evidence of having –

  • built and maintained good working relationships with experience of working cooperatively and achieving consensus in multi-disciplinary teams, where views may differ, in order to deliver successful outcomes to agreed timescales
  • good analytical skills involving evaluating complex issues
  • good drafting and communication skills
  • ability to communicate and engage with a wide range of stakeholders and the public

Desirable criteria

  • operational experience in the nuclear or radioactive waste management fields
  • experience of advising on complex issues such as those encountered on major infrastructure projects

Additional Information

Please see the candidate pack for more information about CoRWM and the application process.

How to Apply

Full details on how to apply can be found at:


CoRWM candidate pack
CoRWM monitoring form

OCPA Regulated

This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Closing date: 18th March 2016. Interviews are expected to be held in April 2016.

CoRWM is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Devolved Administrations. 

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality for all. Appointments will be made on merit.

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