Centrica PA boss lands top British Gas position

British Gas has recruited parent company Centrica’s director of public affairs Patrick Law to beef up the company’s stakeholder relations work.

Law, who joined this week, will take the newly created role of director of corporate affairs and replaces British Gas’s previous most senior PRO, director of communications Dominic Cheetham, who left by mutual agreement at the end of last year.

As well as overseeing Cheetham’s former responsibilities, including national and regional media relations, brand and marketing PR and social policy, Law’s priority is to improve British Gas’s links with a raft of stakeholders. These include government, MPs, regulators, consumer bodies and the energy watchdogs.

Mish Tullar, British Gas’s head of communications, said the decision to bring in Law to ramp up this area was made by British Gas MD Mark Clare as it was felt within the company that lobbying work was too disparate and could be more effective.

Tullar said: ‘There is stakeholder work but it is in separate parts of British Gas. We will be giving more of a strategic direction to that.’

Law oversees a 35-strong team and retains an advisory role regarding public affairs at Centrica. Much of his work there, however, will be handled by his deputy Barry Neville, who has been handed greater responsibility.

One area of improvement in British Gas’s lobbying activity is likely to be with consumer body Energywatch, which last month criticised the firm after it announced a 5.9 per cent price hike.

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