Edelman’s Sarah Richardson has been appointed to the newly created role of director of public affairs at Centrica.
Richardson’s move represents the latest in a string of departures from Edelman following a ‘refocusing’ of its public affairs work into a supporting role for wider client work.
Alongside leading the public affairs team, Richardson will handle strategy and thought leadership for Centrica’s exploration and production division from 8 September, when she takes up her new position.
Centrica devolved its public affairs operation to the company’s individual businesses last September.
Richardson said: “Delivering the UK’s energy security in a clean and affordable way is one of the defining challenges of my generation. It will be a privilege to play a part in helping to communicate the issues and solutions for this complex and vital industry.”
Richardson, a former Lord Mayor of Westminster, was a journalist for the London Evening Standard for more than a decade and is married to the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe Damian Collins.
Speaking on Richardson’s appointment, Centrica Energy’s corporate affairs director Gabe Winn said: “As well as a successful Westminster and media career, Sarah has a wealth of real-world experience tackling some of the biggest issues facing global businesses. Her insight and experience will bring additional strength to our public affairs team and will play a valuable role in how we approach our communication challenges.”