Tom Breckwoldt

"I enjoy working with different teams and ensuring that we're compliant with the regulator. It's also exciting to be at the forefront of the significant regulatory and policy changes that are underway."

A typical day at Gazprom Energy

Name: Tom Breckwoldt
Team: Regulation
First day: 12th April 2011

What attracted you to Gazprom Energy?

I worked in telesales for several months after graduating but I was keen to use my degree in politics and Gazprom Energy happened to be looking for someone with that sort of background. The opportunity required knowledge of politics and economics and despite not knowing much at all about the energy industry, it was an industry I was intrigued by.

How did you learn about the energy industry?

Since I knew very little about the energy industry when I joined, I was put through a fast-track mentoring programme with Cornwall Energy for 12 months. I also learnt a lot by speaking to colleagues, working with my manager and a lot of reading!

What’s the first thing you do when you get in the office?

I would love to say something really witty here about drinking some brand of special coffee, but I don’t even like coffee! The first thing I actually do is check my emails and plan my day. Each day is different and often dependent on external factors such as regulatory change.

Are there any regular duties you take care of each week?

I send out a weekly regulatory newsletter to around 70 people at Gazprom Energy and I also attend weekly regulatory meetings.

How much time do you spend speaking to customers?

I don’t deal with Gazprom Energy’s customers directly because my key customers include the likes of Ofgem, the Department of Energy & Climate Change and other government/industry bodies.

How much time do you spend out of the office/do you travel often?

I have to go to London at least once a week to attend both internal meetings and also industry meetings and forums.

What’s the most exciting part of your job?

Analysing, influencing and advising on industry changes that can have fundamental impacts on Gazprom Energy. I enjoy working with different teams and ensuring that we’re compliant with the regulator. It’s also exciting to be at the forefront of the significant regulatory and policy changes that are underway.