Neville Hindley,
Business Development Manager

Teesside & North East
Industry Expert in Petrochemical Sector


Can you tell us about your career history prior to joining Hazchem Safety?

Prior to my time at Hazchem I have worked in various sectors having always worked within the sales environment but with a marketing focus, with over two decades of experience. After the pandemic I decided to make a change in my career – and I am glad that I did! Part of my experience in marketing included corporate branding which I am extremely passionate about and I use today within my role at Hazchem with our specific workwear designed for ultimate protection as safety being our first priority.

Within your role as Business Development Manager, what does a typical day look like?

My role involves getting people aware of the company and what it is that we do and ensure there is awareness of Hazchem. I travel my area along the M62 corridor east to west and up to the central belt of Scotland meeting my clients and discussing ways to keep personnel safe in hazardous environments DSEAR or ATEX. I am seeking opportunities to open doors and I make that happen by emailing and picking the phone up. I am also active on LinkedIn as using the platform to make contacts and potential clients.

“Marketing is creating opportunities for the salespeople to fulfill the orders by the day, by the hour, by the minute.”

As our industry expert in the Petrochemical sector, in your opinion, how has the industry changed over the years?

The petrochemical industry has always been an interest for me, growing up in Teesside & North East area there has always been a chemical focus and meeting a lots of people here that have worked in the sector there is always a link to the industry. –In one sense I feel it’s not changing but what is coming on board is the different concepts of energy as businesses aim for net zero. There are greater opportunities for a mix in relation to the petrochemical industry moving forward such as hydrogen, biomass, anaerobic digestion and then battery power.

What do you think the future holds for the Petrochemical sector?

Of course we all have a part to play for the protection of the environment and Hazchem are very active in that. I believe that there will still be a need for the petrochemical sector as we have relied on it for so long, but in the future as businesses aim to protect the environment and carbon capture there will be a more development on refined approaches to limit environmental impact.

What do you enjoy most about your role at Hazchem?

I enjoy meeting and interacting with people, getting out and about and I love solving problems. When there are events relating to the safety industry I also attend is I am out going and enjoy speaking to people face to face telling them what we offer. I enjoy assisting them to come up with a solution.  I also believe that education is important and I take pride in informing all of hazard prevention clothing and equipment that we offer.

What advice would you give to someone beginning their career in the industry?

The advice that I would give to anyone, no matter what industry that you are in is to be passionate about something. This passion will allow you to engage in discussion with others within that sphere. Also, always be open minded to learn from others no matter their background. The world’s full of oysters and if you just take one, you may have to discard 20 but one might just open up something different.

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