Treasury troubleshooter has been brought in to run Britain’s military nuclear programmes with a remit to keep the massive Trident replacement submarine programme on track. Civil servant Julian Kelly will join the Ministry of Defence in May in the new position of director-general nuclear, where he will be responsible for Britain’s nuclear submarines, nuclear warheads and day-to-day policy. Top of his to do list in the £200,000-a-year role will be ensuring the £41bn programme to build the next generation of Dreadnought nuclear missile submarines for the Royal Navy stays on track.
Telegraph 14th April 2017 read more »
Britain has failed to hire a big-hitter from the private sector to oversee its nuclear deterrent programme despite more than 18 months of headhunting. An “uncompetitive” salary, in commercial terms, of up to £200,000 and the insufficient seniority of the role meant that a number of senior figures from management consultancies and industry declined to apply, according to defence industry sources. Instead, Julian Kelly, a Treasury civil servant, will take on the newly-created position of director-general nuclear within the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from May 8.
Times 15th April 2017 read more »