The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), the trade association for the UK’s civil nuclear industry, has appointed Tim Stone as its new chair.

Stone, who is a non-executive director of the Arup Group board and a non-executive director of Horizon Nuclear Power, will replace Lord John Hutton who will step down at the conclusion of his term at the NIA’s annual general meeting on 5 December.

Speaking about his appointment, Stone said: “It’s a pivotal time for the industry, with a wide-ranging and ambitious sector deal to implement, a new build programme underway, important export opportunities and domestic work for our world-leading civil nuclear supply chain.

“I look forward to working with all NIA member companies to advance the interests of all our industry, and to help support trust and confidence that the UK can deliver and satisfy the clear need to ensure nuclear remains a key part of the UK’s future low carbon power mix. We need to make this happen for the future of our children and grandchildren.”

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the NIA, added: “At such a crucial and exciting time for the UK’s civil nuclear industry, his appointment will be of great benefit as the industry embraces new opportunities and rises to current challenges of security of energy supply and climate change.

“On behalf of the NIA, I’d like to thank Lord Hutton for his support and expertise as chair of the NIA since he was appointed to the role in 2011.”

Meanwhile the outgoing chairman of nearly eight years said: “As an industry we have worked hard to ensure new nuclear is built to replace the power which will be lost as old stations retire, and more recently for nuclear to remain at the forefront of Brexit negotiations.

“I step down from chairing the NIA with much achieved, but also a big agenda for the future at a critical point for the country. As the UK makes crucial decisions on our future low carbon power mix for the decades to come, it is a good time to hand over the reins to Tim Stone, who will bring his experience to support the UK civil nuclear industry.”