Transco appoints Tullar to new public affairs role

Transco, the gas pipeline and emergency services subsidiary of the British Gas group, has appointed Mish Tullar to the post of head of public affairs.

Transco, the gas pipeline and emergency services subsidiary of the

British Gas group, has appointed Mish Tullar to the post of head of

public affairs.



In the newly-created position Tullar will report to director of

corporate affairs Chris Le Fevre and oversee 40 staff in government

relations, the press office, community relations and internal

communications.



Tullar joins from the Electricity Association - the trade body for

electricity companies - where he has spent two years as head of media

relations and corporate communications. Before that he was chief press

officer at Magnox Electric, the company which ran nuclear reactors until

it was taken over by BNFL. Prior to his time at Magnox, Tullar spent

five years as the Labour Party’s broadcasting officer, including the

1992 general election campaign.



In his new role he faces two major issues: freshly-introduced

competition in the gas industry following deregulation; and the current

demerger of Transco from British Gas as it is urged to thrive alone.



Last week, the firm also launched a pounds 250 million venture with US

telecoms operator SpectraSite International, to erect thousands of masts

for third generation mobile phones. A company source said this is a

project on which Tullar’s PR and political experience is likely to be

tapped.



Both Transco and BG use PR agencies on a project basis, although both

retain public affairs consultancy GPC. Tullar told PR Week this

arrangement would have to be reconsidered in the light of his

appointment.



At the Electricity Association, Tullar’s former boss, director of policy

and communications David Potter, is recruiting to fill the post. Public

affairs officer Neil Williams has assumed responsibility for media

relations in the interim.



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