National Power, the UK’s top energy firm, has established shadow
communications teams ahead of its demerger into two separate
The utility plans to split into nPower, controlling UK retail markets
and its 15 UK power stations, and International Power, which will run
foreign power stations. Management teams for the two entities were
announced last week, ahead of a split expected to take effect in the
next financial year.
Company secretary Andrew Swanson, to whom the firm’s communications head
Andy Roe reports, is working with the personnel department to divide the
eight-strong in-house and four-strong investor relations teams. Although
junior staff are thought to have been allocated roles, it is understood
the two team heads have not yet been appointed.
A spokesman for the company said it was too early to predict the
communications outcome of the demerger, but confirmed shadow teams had
been formed to assume responsibility when it becomes official.
Discussions on NP’s PR agencies are at an earlier stage. Bell Pottinger
Consultants, Bell Pottinger Public Affairs and Smithfield Financial are
all still advising the board on the communications, regulatory and
financial implications of demerging a company with a market
capitalisation of over pounds 6 billion.