The National Grid Group (NGG) has appointed Susan Stevens as
director of group corporate affairs. Stevens joins from NGG’s US
subsidiary New England Electric System (NEES) where she was
vice-president of corporate communications. She replaces Margaret
Stewart who has left NGG. Stewart’s future plans have not been
The hiring of Stevens marks a ’subtle shift’ in the utilities
communication’s structure, as it moves from a UK focus to becoming a
global utility with affiliates in the US, Brazil, Argentina and
Stevens reports to NGG’s CEO David Jones. She is currently building her
communications division at group level and is looking to recruit two
senior PROs to handle strategic marcomms, as well as someone to
specialise in environmental affairs. In total, she envisages a
department of ten in place by later this year.
As a result of the changes, the UK operation National Grid Company (NGC)
now has a separate head. Gareth Lloyd joined NGC from Centrica at the
end of last year as corporate affairs manager and reports to Roger Urwin
who heads NGC and is a director of NGG.
Stevens spent five years at NEES. In 1998, NGG agreed to buy NEES for
pounds 1.8 billion, a deal that is seeking final governmental approval.