The corporate affairs director at Newcastle-based utility Nothern
Electric, David Faulkner, who was awarded an OBE in the new year’s
Honours List, has now left the company amid anger in the PR department
at shabby treatment.
Faulkner, who won his gong for services to the community in
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has been on leave since last November, when the
company responded to industry regulator Ofgem’s demands to cut prices by
announcing 500 job losses.
Faulkner’s deputy, corporate affairs manager Andrew Horne, is taking the
company to an industrial tribunal following his own departure last
November, claiming unfair and wrongful dismissal.
The company is losing four of its five remaining PR staff to voluntary
redundancy and its sole remaining PRO is public affairs manager Julian
Kenyon. It is not yet clear whether he intends to recruit fresh
- Among the other communications professionals named in this year’s
Honours List were John Lavelle, the executive director of the Institute
of Public Relations for 15 years until 1998 (OBE). He was joined by News
International’s communications trouble shooter Jane Reed (CBE), and
Clare Sillars, an information officer at Buckingham Palace (MVO).