Hayes to quit after gas demerger

Neil Hayes, head of international public relations at British Gas, is to quit next month in a revamp of communications prompted by the company’s demerger into Centrica and BG PLC.

Neil Hayes, head of international public relations at British Gas,

is to quit next month in a revamp of communications prompted by the

company’s demerger into Centrica and BG PLC.



Head of international PR at British Gas for more than two years and

media relations chief before that, Hayes will leave shortly after

trading in the two companies commences on 17 February.



Centrica is to be floated off as a gas trading and supply company while

BG will take control of the gas pipeline system and oil and gas

exploration.



Corporate affairs for Centrica will be headed by Simon Lewis, while

executive director John Wybrew will take charge of BG’s

communications.



Hayes, who was formerly head of information at the Department of Energy,

is responsible for communications related to British Gas’s overseas

exploration, production and downstream activities. After the demerger

his role will be split between BG’s corporate communications team.



Based in Reading and employing around 20 staff, the department will be

formed from the merger of BG’s London-based corporate communications

department and the existing international team in Reading. Its remit

will include investor relations, government affairs, media relations and

public policy issues.



Hayes declined to say where his next job would be but he confirmed that

he was ’pursuing other interests and talking to various people’. He

added that his next move would be to a ’PR-related field’.



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