British Energy creates communications role

British Energy, the UK’s largest electricity generator, has created a communications director post to oversee PR, government relations and environmental issues, as part of a complete restructure of the company.

British Energy, the UK’s largest electricity generator, has created

a communications director post to oversee PR, government relations and

environmental issues, as part of a complete restructure of the

company.



Last week British Energy, which controls eight nuclear power stations,

including Sizewell in Suffolk, announced the merger of its Scottish and

English subsidiaries.



The new communications director, yet to be appointed, will oversee six

government relations staff, 20 PR staff, and an environmental adviser,

who joins the company later this month. Investor relations director Paul

Heward will continue to report to finance director Mike Kerwan.



The new post will mean a reshuffle for the company’s PR chiefs.

Currently PR director Doug McRoberts and government relations director

Peter Haslam report to company secretary Robert Armour.



McRoberts is responsible for co-ordinating PR in the subsidiaries. Barry

Culmer is corporate communications manager for Nuclear Electric, the

company’s English subsidiary, and Irene Clark is corporate services

director for Scottish Nuclear, British Energy’s other subsidiary.



McRoberts said the new role was created to ensure more integrated

communications across the company. The communications director will be

responsible for promoting the environmental benefits of nuclear power.

He or she will report to chief executive Peter Hollins, who joined in

February.



The company, which supplies 21 per cent of the British electricity

market,wants to acquire power stations in the US. In Canada, it hopes to

operate five nuclear power stations in Ontario through a public/private

sector partnership.



British Energy retains Gavin Anderson for financial PR and Hill and

Knowlton for public affairs in the UK, and PR and public affairs in the

US and Canada.



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