Uncertain PR future as Gas splits

Uncertain PR future as Gas splits

The future of British Gas’ 30-strong corporate PR division, headed by

Peter Sanguinetti, was thrown into question this week when British Gas

announced plans to split into two. It is expected to announce the make-

up of the two main boards before John Wybrew, its new executive director

for corporate affairs, starts in April.

Sky’s the limit for Haynes

Liz Roberts, head of press and publicity at BSkyB has left after two

years with the company. Roberts, who resigned two weeks ago, has been

replaced by senior sports publicist Chris Haynes. He heads a department

of 18 reporting to director of promotions and publicity Raymond


DR and Leedex to advise Wessex Water

Wessex Water, the private utility, has appointed Dewe Rogerson and

Leedex as its PR advisers. It is believed that DR will take

responsibility for financial and City relations while Leedex will work

on consumer media relations.

Van Reenen leaves Booker

Maggie Van Reenen, head of corporate affairs for Booker, the food

wholesaler which runs the Booker Prize, has left the company after more

than three years. Formerly responsible for all internal and external PR,

she handled publicity for the prize with publishing PR specialists

Colman Getty. She is replaced by Sue West, previously internal

communications manager at Glaxo Wellcome.

Text 100 drops plans for Seattle agency

Text 100 has pulled out of negotiations to acquire Seattle-based

consultancy Kauffer Miller (PR Week, 26 January). MD Katie Kemp said

that after a lengthy process Text recognised that the aims, finances and

personalities of the two agencies differed too significantly to justify

a deal.

Mandelson takes on Labour’s campaigns

Former Labour Party communications director Peter Mandelson has been

given a formal role in the day-to-day management of campaigns at the

party’s new pounds 2 million media centre. This follows the departure of

director of campaigns, elections and media Joy Johnson (PR Week, 26


Greenwood Tighe finds MFI opening

Furniture retailer MFI has signed up Greenwood Tighe PR to handle media

relations and promotional support for its 1996 store openings and re-

launches. Greenwood Tighe, which has worked for the chain on its MFI

home works stores since 1994, got the business without a pitch.

Advocacy builds on architectural work

The Advocacy Partnership has won a year-long lobbying contract with the

Royal Institute of British Architects. The agency will be supporting

RIBA through the passage of the Housing Grants, Construction and

Regeneration Bill. The appointment follows Advocacy’s 1994 campaign for

RIBA against deregulation.


Le Fevre Communications has asked us to point out that some of the

information it gave us concerning Dunhill Cigars and the BAFTA Awards

(‘Where there’s cigar smoke there’s snobbery’ PR Week, 2 February) was

incorrect. The BAFTA Awards have been sponsored by Lloyds Bank for the

last three years. Dunhill Cigars is supporting the event by supplying

product samples.

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