Vodafone legal director takes up revamped British Gas GC role

Vodafone’s corporate and external affairs director Justine Campbell is leaving the company to take up the re-created GC role at British Gas.

Campbell resigned last month and will leave the company in December – the same month as Vodafone chief executive Guy Laurence, who handed in his resignation last month.

Campbell worked closely with Laurence since joining the company in 2009 in a radically overhauled legal team. Vodafone UK bought together several elements of the business under one director two years ago, putting Campbell in charge of legal, regulatory, compliance, government affairs and security.

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Her appointment at British Gas marks the re-establishment of the GC role following the company’s management restructure. The company underwent a drastic change in July 2013 when it was bought under Centrica with British Gas heads reporting directly to Centrica boss Sam Laidlaw instead of regional British Gas teams.

The GC role was phased out last year following the exit of Melanie Rowlands in 2012. The company also lost director of legal, Jane Forster this year, who moved on to a role at Bournemouth University in May.

Campbell’s role will now cover all legal, regulatory and compliance issuesand she will report to managing director Chris Weston. 

The internal shake-ups at both companies have been followed by several high-profile exits.

British Gas managing director Phil Bentley is also set to leave the company after a 12-year stint citing the impossibility of being promoted to chief executive as his reason for leaving.

Campbell’s move marks her first foray into the energy sector after a prolific career in the telecoms sector. Before the role at Vodafone UK, Campbell was general counsel of Telefonica Europe and head of competition law for O2 plc. Previously she worked as senior counsel at BT following five years in Freshfields’ London and Brussels offices.