Combined utilities company United Utilities is seeking a group
director of corporate communications to replace John Drummond, who is
Drummond will stay until the end of July in order to oversee the
transition period himself. He and human resources director David Scott
will look for a replacement.
There are no plans to change the scope of the role, which involves
responsibility for media relations, public policy, employee
communication and the company’s impact on society generally.
Among the challenges for the new recruit will be overseeing moves to
introduce pounds 400 million in efficiency savings over the next five
years as required by gas and electricity regulator Ofgen and water
regulator Ofwat. Other issues include moves towards e-commerce and
generating further growth.
The new recruit will head a communications team of eight serving United
Utilities. The communication teams for its branded companies, including
Norweb, North West Water and the call centre operator Vertex, report to
their respective managing directors.
Drummond, who has been at the company for seven years, is joining the
board of Liverpool-based corporate communications company Corporate