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
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.