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
Corporate affairs for Centrica will be headed by Simon Lewis, while
executive director John Wybrew will take charge of BG’s
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’.