Roger Hayes is to step down as director general of the British
Nuclear Industry Forum after four years in September.
Corporate affairs and marketing director Ipek Yigit is also leaving.
Hayes, who is president of the International Public Relations
Association, and Yigit are the most senior casualties of a cash-crisis
at the BNIF, which provides information and support services to the
nuclear industry and acts as a powerful PR and lobbying force.
Subscription revenue has declined as much of the industry has
transferred to private ownership. Its annual budget has been slashed
from pounds 3.5 million four years ago to around pounds 1 million today.
Over the same period of time the number of staff has dropped from 25 to
Describing his departure as entirely amicable, Hayes said it was ’a sad
situation, but inevitable given privatisation and the changes in the
Hayes’ role as chief spokesperson will not be replaced, although it is
expected that the BNIF will continue with its trade promotion and public
affairs functions under the joint direction of trade and industry
director John Haddon and public policy manager Keith Parker.
Hayes, whose career has included stints in the top PR jobs at Thorn EMI
and Ford of Europe as well as running his own consultancy, said it is
likely he will continue as a consultant to the BNIF after September. He
also remains a director of public affairs consultancy Matrix.