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
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
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
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,’
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.