Tim Stone, the chairman of accountant KPMG’s global infrastructure and projects group, has been appointed senior government adviser on nuclear decommissioning costs.

Stone will help develop the government’s policy towards the decommissioning of any future nuclear power stations, and the management of nuclear waste. He will lead discussions with industry on the issues, and make proposals to the DTI and the Treasury.

Stone's appointment was announced this week by Alistair Darling, the trade and industry secretary. Darling said: “With his extensive background in investment and corporate banking, Tim Stone will put in place the right arrangements for any new nuclear build that might come forward.”