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Zoe Hanslip

Commercial Director

Vivergo Fuels

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Zoe Hanslip Commercial Director Vivergo Fuels

Zoe joined Vivergo Fuels in 2014 following a decade at the Bank of England. She is a trained accountant and has more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Working at Vivergo has taken her out of her comfort zone, while creating new career and learning opportunities. Commenting on her move to a commercial role, Zoe says:  

"Get advice from anybody and everybody. People generally want to help people who are keen to learn so use it.”

From banking to bioethanol

“The time I spent at the Bank of England provided a perfect grounding for my move to Vivergo, where there are strangely many similarities. The market changes and commodity nature of the business mean an understanding of the global financial markets and risk is pivotal. During the financial crisis of 2007, I learnt a lot and many of these experiences have shaped the roles and responsibilities I have since taken on.

“And when the chance came to move into a new industry and set up the treasury and risk function at Vivergo, the opportunity was too good to turn down.”

Taking risks

“Since joining Vivergo Fuels, I have spent time in various roles but the move to the commercial team was a risk in itself. While I had some exposure to this discipline before, many aspects of the role were new to me but it was something I grasped with both hands. Getting out and talking to customers meant I could develop my networking skills and with a more direct involvement in negotiations I made use of all the experience I had gained previously.

“It’s important to take risks and push yourself outside of your comfort zone – you never know where you might end up.”

My advice to those starting out…

“Talk to lots of people and stay in touch. Get advice from anybody and everybody. People generally want to help people who are keen to learn so use it.”

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