Meet Dru our new business executive

What are you specific responsibilities for the 6C project?

As a new business executive for the 6C Energy scheme, my job involves looking for potential clients in Calderdale who could benefit from pooling their resources together.

To reach businesses and organisations in the local community I set up meetings with prospects and regularly meet with Calderdale Council to review the scheme.

When we launched back in September 2015, I was involved in running the 6C roadshows which took place across the borough and enabled business leaders and organisations to find out more about this new local energy initiative.

My day-to-day work involves managing the process of signing up new 6C customers. I then hand the client over to my colleague Kate Lord who will look after their account and ensure everything is put in place for them. This enables me to get back out on the road, looking for more potential clients to join the cooperative!

I work closely with Jez Tweed from the Environmental Team at Calderdale Council and introduce him to our customers at client meetings. Jez and his team can deliver a whole array of energy efficiency services to clients and really add value to joining 6C.

Describe your typical day?

My alarm goes at 6:30am, and I get into Orchard HQ at 8.15am. I live literally five minutes away from Orchard’s HQ which is amazing.

The first thing I do when I sit down at my desk is check the energy markets – at Orchard we have access to a wealth of market data that allows us to identify emerging trends and ensure our clients stay up-to-date with changes in legislation and compliance that might affect the market.

I then attend any internal client energy renewal meetings before making my way to external meetings – this could be with new clients looking to join, or clients who have already signed up and are due their first renewal with energy pricing.

I’m normally always on the road, meeting customers and advising them on their energy usage, and with this comes a lot of coffee!

When I am not doing any of the above I’m on the rooftops in Calderdale shouting about how great 6C is!

How many years experience do you have working in the energy sector?

I have worked at Orchard Energy for three years now.

What’s your proudest personal achievement?

It’s got to be the birth of my girls Tillie and Florence.

Tell us a bit about what you do outside of work?

I’m a family man and really dote on my girls. When I’m not with my family, I can be found spending time with my girlfriend, watching a good film, enjoying a nice meal with good company, or visiting my parents in France where we love to go on holiday.

I’m a gym nut too and can be found most days lifting and running.

I love anything that you can fly and have been microlighting, paragliding, and more recently I have taken control of a WW2 Tiger Moth fighter trainer aeroplane which was a present for my 40th birthday.

This year I’ll be walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks for the British Heart Foundation – I walked it last year for One in a Million. I also like to run half marathons.