Sampson gets Energy UK gig

Written by Rod Muir on 12 October 2016 in News

Former Number 10 chief press officer to oversee press and public affairs.

Which? head of news Abbie Sampson has been appointed as director of external affairs at trade body Energy UK.

Sampson takes up the new post in January, after five years at Which? Before joining the charity and consumer campaign group she was chief press officer at 10 Downing Street.

Energy UK has nearly 100 members involved in the energy generation and supply industries. Sampson will lead its press, public affairs and events team, replacing Lesley McLeod, who left in August this year to become CEO of health and safety institution at the Association for Project Safety.

Energy UK CEO Lawrence Slade said: "An unprecedented number of firms are now competing for customers. Energy companies are investing many billions of pounds in renewing and decarbonising the power sector. Abbie will bring a sharper edge to our communications about how consumers, communities and the economy benefit from reliable, low carbon and affordable energy."

Sampson said she was looking forward to a "well informed debate about how the energy industry is changing and its vital contribution to the UK".

News of Sampson’s departure from Which? comes after the organisation recently brought in former Number 10 press chief Vickie Sheriff as director of communications and campaigns.




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