Utility watchdogs shake up PR in move to merger

PR jobs are under review at the UK’s gas and electricity regulators as the two offices edge towards merger. From this month the Office of Gas Supply (Ofgas) and the Office of Electricity Regulation (Offer) operate under one boss - Callum McCarthy, Britain’s first combined energy regulator.

PR jobs are under review at the UK’s gas and electricity regulators

as the two offices edge towards merger. From this month the Office of

Gas Supply (Ofgas) and the Office of Electricity Regulation (Offer)

operate under one boss - Callum McCarthy, Britain’s first combined

energy regulator.



With Ofgas in London and Offer in Birmingham, the offices are likely to

be united in one location. McCarthy has appointed management consultancy

Towers Perrin to study the feasibility of a move.



The result of the Towers Perrin study could affect 13 jobs: Offer

retains eight PR officers under public affairs director Jan Luke, Ofgas

has three reporting to public affairs director Chris Webb. Either PR

department could find itself shifted to the other’s location, or merged

into an office in a new location.



Webb said: ’It’s in everyone’s interest who works for the organisation

to know what the new organisation will look like. And we expect to know

by the spring of this year.’



Webb refused to speculate on any redundancies, saying: ’There will be

people who won’t want to move so things will work themselves out.’



Ofgas and Offer are likely to be replaced by a single corporate

identity, as yet undecided. McCarthy, who was recruited to head the

merged entity, became director general of Offer on 1 January after

Stephen Littlechild stepped down.



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