The newly integrated gas and electricity regulator is to recruit an
outside candidate as its public affairs director, as neither of the
press chiefs at Ofgas or Offer are standing for the post.
Jan Luke, public affairs director at Offer, the electricity watchdog, is
leaving her post at the end of this month after seven years. She has not
yet decided what her next move will be.
Meanwhile, her counterpart at Ofgas, Chris Webb, will assume overall PR
responsibility for Ofgas and Offer until the merged regulator is fully
staffed, which is unlikely to happen until at least this time next
The future of Ofgas and Offer’s respective PR teams - six PROs in total
- remains undecided (PR Week, 8 January).
Ofgas is based in London while Offer’s headquarters are in
The new operation will be headquartered in London, but not in Ofgas’
The new public affairs director for the integrated regulator will report
to its director general Callum McCarthy and handle communication with
Parliament, Government, electricity and gas providers, consumers,
business audiences and pressure groups.
Webb said: ’I am trying to look after both offices. I’ve got no plans to
do anything with either the Ofgas or Offer teams; that’s for the new
person to deal with.’