Sarah Flannigan is joining the EDF Energy as CIO, the French energy firm has confirmed. Flannigan has been CIO with the National Trust for the last six and a half years.
Flannigan told Horizon that she starts at EDF Energy in November 2016 and “a new phase beckons”.
During Flannigan’s tenure at the National Trust, considered to be the one the largest charity organisations in the world, the CIO has been leading a three-year £40 million transformation project. Systems Simplification Programme (SSP) aims to increase revenues and reduce business processes within the organisation, which has its headquarters in Swindon. The SSP transformation programme supports both the National Trust’s members, of which there are four million and the 20 million pay on entry visitors its properties receive annually.
Flannigan told the Horizon editorial team recently that SSP will deliver £90 million in benefits to the organisation.
To deliver SSP Flannigan said she had to change the culture of the IT organisation within the National Trust. The CIO focused on building a team that was fantastic at communications as well as technology, critical for an organisation that is heavily reliant on volunteers alongside its full time employees. Flannigan said she inherited a department of “No” when she joined the organisation, she used communications methods, field trips, photography and group events to change the team and the perception of the IT team across the National Trust.
EDF Energy has been making headlines in the UK of late for its plans to build a nuclear power station in Hinkley, Somerset with funding from the Chinese. However the UK’s Conservative government has delayed approval of the plans.