BNFL review sees creation of corporate affairs team

British Nuclear Fuels has revamped its in-house communications


The move follows a review led by recently recruited director of

corporate affairs Philip Dewhurst.

A dedicated corporate affairs division has been created and has seen the

appointment of two communications chiefs to lead a five-strong team.

Former British Airways corporate affairs manager Ipek Yigit has joined

BNFL to becomes head of corporate affairs. She joined from Echo

Research, where she was new business director.

And, Tom McLaughlin heads government affairs, after relocating from

BNFL's Brussels office.

He will be supported by government relations manager Rory O'Neill, who

joins the group from the Department of Trade and Industry.

The team also includes head of media Bill Anderton, whose role has been

expanded to include employee relations, and Sean Trainor, head of

communications planning and strategy.

Dewhurst - former Weber Shandwick Worldwide UK chief executive - said

the division was formed to ensure comms better matched BNFL's

increasingly global structure.

Dewhurst, who joined in April (PRWeek, 17 April) said the review does

not affect retained PR firm Bell Pottinger.

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