British Gas Energy md decides it’s time to go

The man British Gas Energy Centres hired to guide the 240-strong retail chain through gas deregulation has quit the company, although deregulation is still six months from being fully implemented.

Simon Kirk, the one-time British Gas head of corporate marketing, was most recently managing director at British Gas Energy Centres. Staff at the Centres division were told this morning (Wednesday) of his decision to leave the company after 30 years.

But, according to sources, Kirk is not retiring. He will remain with the organisation until March to help find his replacement.

Last year, Energy Centres struck a deal with the Grattan catalogue company which gave the High Street white goods retailer access to Grattan’s 2.4 million customers. It was the first such retailer to make the move into the home shopping market.

Simon Waugh joined the Centrica Group, of which Energy Centres is a part, as group marketing director last June. He began a review of the group’s 30m media account last week. It is now shared between BMP Optimum, which handles the Energy Centres media, Manning Gottlieb Media, which handles the Goldfish credit card, and TMD Carat, which buys media for British Gas Services.

The creative advertising account for the energy centres is held by BMP DDB. British Gas refused to confirm Kirk’s departure.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here