British Energy Group is in an unclear position. The nuclear power generator, which runs eight such power stations (but also one conventional one), and which is 35 per cent owned by the government, is very much up for sale - but can't find a buyer. It rejected a bid from France's EDF as too low and had nothing formal on the table when the CIO 100 went to press from European power giants RWE and Iberdrola. The company was also dogged by temporary closure of two of its sites, which led to a 32 per cent drop in pre-tax profits for the year to the end of March. (The UK's two nuclear sites are run by British Nuclear Fuels.) Pressure for this firm is nothing new, though - it has been in financial trouble since 2002, something not even a £3bn lifeline from Westminster has helped much.
But with a next generation of nuclear power back on the agenda, British Energy seems set for a revival. Hopefully its new CIO, Derek Wilde, appointed last December, will help support that. Wilde succeeds outgoing CIO Ian Campbell, who led a successful 18-month change programme to overhaul a formerly fragmented and isolated IT department. Wilde joins British Energy from drinks-maker Allied Domecq, and has been tasked with management to drive even greater efficiencies and cost savings out of British Energy's IT infrastructure.