McRoberts quits comms head job at British Energy

British Energy's head of communications is to stand down next year

as part of a restructure of the utility giant's in-house PR team.

Internal communications manager Irene Clark is set to replace Doug

McRoberts but a replacement will not be sought for her role.

Chief press officer Bob Fenton said although the decision not to appoint

an internal communications manager will cut costs this was not the

motivation behind the move.

He said: 'It was felt that there was no need to have both these two

senior roles.'

McRoberts reports to British Energy head of human resources Sally

Smedley, as will Clark when she takes up her new role.

British Energy is also looking to appoint an online communications

manager, following the departure of Ben Green from the role. He has left

to join web design firm Green Cathedral.

British Energy's 12-strong team includes six PROs based at sites across


Fenton will continue to manage external PR and will report to Clark.

FTSE 100 company British Energy runs nuclear reactors, including

Dungeness B and Sizewell B. It also owns a coal-fired plant in Yorkshire

and has joint ventures to build wind-power facilities in the UK and


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