NEWS: NatWest loses Lewis to British Gas Energy

Simon Lewis, director of corporate affairs at NatWest Group, is leaving to become British Gas Energy’s first director of corporate affairs.

Simon Lewis, director of corporate affairs at NatWest Group, is leaving

to become British Gas Energy’s first director of corporate affairs.



Lewis, 37, will join the start-up firm in September with responsibility

for the full range of public relations activities, including media

relations, internal communications, government relations and community

programmes.



Based at British Gas Energy’s Middlesex headquarters, he will report to

the company’s chief executive Roy Gardner and also have a seat on its

executive committee.



It remains unclear how large the corporate affairs department will be.

Lewis told PR Week that decisions about staff recruitment, external

agencies and PR resources generally would be made after his arrival in

the autumn.



British Gas Energy is one of two companies to be formed out of the

demerger of British Gas, announced in February, and will manage the

supply of gas and other services to BG’s 18 million UK customers.

Communications for its sister company TransCo - which will manage

exploration and production - will be handled by British Gas executive

director John Wybrew.



‘It is an exciting opportunity with a new company which is going through

a demerger process and it’s a sensible move in terms of my career,’

commented Lewis.



Lewis has been at NatWest for four years, and was head of public

relations at investment bank SG Warburg before that. He takes over as

president of the IPR in January.



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