Ovo Group takes on Theresa May’s top energy adviser
Georgia Berry left Downing Street in June after less than one year in the job.
Former Number 10 energy adviser Georgia Berry has been snapped up by energy provider Ovo Group weeks after leaving Downing Street.
Berry joined the prime minister’s policy unit last year from Centrica, where she was head of corporate responsibility. She was among a number of May’s senior advisers who resigned shortly after the 2017 general election.
At Ovo Energy, she takes on the newly-created post of chief of staff to chief executive Stephen Fitzpatrick
She is expected to assist with the firm’s lobbying around issues such as government plans for a possible extension of price caps on energy bills, which Berry partly orchestrated herself.
A limit on the cost of gas and electricity for those on pre-payment meters already saves about four million people £80 a year. This could be extended to about two million other households on low incomes, after business secretary Greg Clark wrote to Ofgem to challenge the regulator to use its existing powers to reduce bills.
Berry starts in September and will work closely with both Fitzpatrick and Ovo's head of public affairs Claire Cuff.
Fitzpatrick said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Georgia to OVO. She will play a vital role in helping to shape our strategy as we accelerate our efforts towards helping create a democratised and decarbonised future energy system.
“Her deep understanding of the impact digitisation is having on our industry, coupled with her passion for sustainability issues, will prove invaluable as we seek to harness the disruptive power of technology to make energy better for everyone.”
Ovo’s lobbying firepower was depleted in 2015 when head of policy Guy Newey left to work as energy secretary Amber Rudd’s special advisor and head of corporate affairs Jessica Lennard joined Talk Talk.