Midlands Electricity’s PR department has been split in two in the
run-up to the sale of the company’s energy supply business to National
Power later this month.
Nine of the 12-strong Midlands Electricity PR team this week transferred
to National Power, while Midlands’ former corporate relations director
Mike Dernie left last month to start up his own consultancy, Dernie
The remaining four staff will stay at Midlands, whose business is now
solely electricity distribution, involving managing the pylon
They will be led by former media relations officer Caroline Whittle, who
becomes PR manager.
The nine staff transferring to National Power will set up a PR
department for National Power’s new retail division, handling all
internal and external communications. The department will work
independently of the existing National Power PR department which handles
corporate matters. It will be headed by former Midlands Electricity
corporate relations manager Dave Thompson who becomes PR manager.
Thompson said: ’We had to work out on the basis of the skills of the
staff which would transfer to National Power. We will handle PR for the
two million energy supply customers that National Power has bought.’
National Power is buying Midlands Electricity’s energy supply business
for pounds 180 million in a deal announced last year, which is expected
to be completed by the end of this month.