The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is responsible for overcoming one of the greatest challenges of modern times. Through strategic reviews, improved assurance and programme management support, Nichols have enabled them to achieve their goals safely and effectively.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is a non-departmental public body tasked with decommissioning and cleaning up civil nuclear sites across the UK. They are responsible for effective implementation of an annual £3bn portfolio of major programmes.


In 2009 we undertook a strategic review of the NDA’s capability to manage its capital programmes and projects. We then became a close and trusted advisor, helping the NDA and its Site Licence Companies to assure delivery of many of their most complex and challenging programmes. We have supported the NDA through significant changes, including a re-organisation and a new Chief Executive.

One of our key recommendations was to establish a Programme and Project Review Group to provide independent advice and intervention. We assisted the NDA with its implementation, secured internal cooperation and led the group during its first year of operation.

Nichols works in a creative and integrated way. One way we do this is through our Comparator Product which provided the NDA with a unique and fresh perspective, sharing information from other industries.

£3bn portfolio of major programmes

The NDA commended us for being challenging and innovative in our recommendations and particularly for bringing in a new perspective, fresh ideas and experience from other industries.

The deployment of our skills, experience and clear strategic focus has been critical to providing assurance and improving client performance. As a result, the NDA and its partners are able to exercise enhanced control of programme delivery, increasing the confidence of the principal funders in the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the National Audit Office.

We are proud to have supported the development of the NDA’s programme and project management strategy to ensure the effective implementation of their portfolio.


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