Please tell us a bit about your professional background, what attracted you to working at Gazprom Energy, and how long you’ve been with the business.
I would say my entry into the energy industry was non-traditional. Upon leaving school, I played professional football for Blackburn Rovers before re-occurring injuries brought my career to a premature end at the age of 20.
In pursuit of a new career path, I gained teaching qualifications and spent the next four years educating young people detained in a youth offenders institute in the North West of England. In 2007, I took the decision to enter the commercial world and secured my first sales role at what was then Pennine Natural Gas, which was purchased by Gazprom Energy not long after. The rest, as they say, is history.
What is your position within the team, and what does your role involve day-to-day?
I am the Manager of the Corporate Accounts team for Gazprom Energy in the UK. I oversee a team of individuals responsible for the strategic delivery of our I&C strategy in the UK, including the day-to-day management of what is now the largest I&C gas portfolio in the UK.
What makes Gazprom Energy different to other business energy suppliers?
I believe it’s our entrepreneurial spirit and a genuine desire to deliver best-in-class service which separates us from competitors within the marketplace. We recognise that there is room for improvement in relation to the service we deliver – however, every day I walk into an environment where we challenge each other to do more.
What do you find enjoyable and satisfying about your role within the business?
Without a doubt, it is the variety. No two days are ever the same and there is never a dull moment. I also quite enjoy the fact that we never sit still. We’ve achieved a number of key milestones over the years and at no stage has a discussion ever been had about scaling activities back and settling for what we’ve got.
We are constantly looking to the next milestone and the next target, and I believe that is the fundamental reason we have achieved what we have in the UK and Europe over the past 11 years.
What skills has your role enabled you to develop, and how do you put these into practice to benefit our customers?
Having joined the business back in 2007 when we had fewer than 20 employees, I have been fortunate enough to gain experience in many commercial and operational areas. As anyone who has been involved in a high-growth business will know, you often end up being involved in a process end-to-end, which ensures you develop a well-rounded understanding of the business and its relevant stakeholders.
In my role as the Manager of Corporate Accounts, I feel able to draw on those past experiences across the entire business to ensure a quality experience for our customers.
You should get in touch with Stuart on 0845 873 2291 if you’re looking for a flexible gas contract for your large industrial manufacturing business.