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
Last week British Energy, which controls eight nuclear power stations,
including Sizewell in Suffolk, announced the merger of its Scottish and
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
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
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.