The chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has been named as the new patron of a national organisation which aims to promote diversity in the industry.

David Peattie, who lives in west Cumbria, was invited to take on the role by Women in Nuclear UK.

Current patron Adrienne Kelbie, chief executive of the Office for Nuclear Regulation, is stepping down from the role.

Women in Nuclear UK’s mission is to address the industry’s gender balance, improving the representation of women in leadership and engaging with the public on nuclear issues.

The role of patron involves helping to gain government and industry support, and raising the profile of Women in Nuclear UK and its objectives, as well as supporting activities at conferences.

Mr Peattie said: "I’m honoured to take on this role with Women in Nuclear UK because I am passionate about the positive impact of diverse teams in business.

"I believe Women in Nuclear UK has an important part to play in making change happen.

"I’d like to thank Adriènne Kelbie, who has achieved so much during her time as WiN UK patron – driving many businesses and individuals to make a difference across the industry."

Jack Gritt, President of WiN UK, said: "David Peattie’s appointment as our patron is great news for us and reflects, yet again, the importance of gender balance in our industry.

"We’re energised by his positive view of the future.

"Everyone has a part to play in supporting the attraction, retention, and successful progression of women at every level in the nuclear industry.

"We are delighted to welcome David as a hugely powerful advocate and role model for our mission.”

Mr Peattie joined the NDA as its chief executive in 2017, after a successful career with BP, where he held a number of executive, technical and commercial positions.

During his time in the nuclear industry, he has pushed hard for improved diversity across the NDA group and industry as a whole.