People: Vivergo makes key hire; CFO appointed at technology firm; and more

HULL-based Vivergo Fuels, the UK’s largest producer of bioethanol and high protein animal feed, has appointed Richard Royal as its head of government affairs.

The role will see Mr Royal working with politicians and media to raise awareness of the role Vivergo Fuels is playing in boosting the UK economy by sustaining a market for domestic animal feed grade wheat, supporting UK farmers and creating UK jobs throughout its supply chain.

He will spearhead the company’s ongoing call to government for the swift, coordinated rollout of E10 petrol – a greener fuel containing 10% bioethanol – in 2017. Its introduction would deliver a carbon reduction equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the roads in the UK, helping the government to achieve greener transport and support economic growth.

Mr Royal, who was also a Parliamentary Candidate at the 2015 General Election, brings more than 15 years’ experience in public affairs to Vivergo Fuels, gained through senior-level roles with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Food and Drink Federation, Britvic and Ladbrokes.

His arrival comes as the company renews its commitment to championing the Humber region, its economy and its aspiration to be the UK’s energy estuary, as a Hull 2017 City of Culture partner.

Mark Chesworth, managing director at Vivergo Fuels, said: “It is a crucial time for E10 and we’re delighted to welcome Richard to the company. His expertise and extensive political knowledge will be vital as we continue to call on the government for the swift, coordinated rollout of E10 to benefit both the environment and the economy.”


CLEANING technology business Xeros has welcomed Paul Denney as chief financial officer.

Mr Denney has experience in international corporate finance with businesses operating in the public markets and under private equity ownership.

He established his career in financial management with US-based IT outsourcing business, Electronic Data Systems Inc. (now part of Hewlett Packard), working in the UK, Spain and Latin America.

His two most significant recent roles were within high growth environments at Experian and at Callcredit Information Group.  

Mark Nichols, chief executive of Xeros, said: “Paul brings key financial and commercial skills to Xeros, which we now need as we look to accelerate the commercialisation of our bead technology across multiple global industries. His experience will be highly valuable as we grow both in our own right and with industry partners on a multi-national basis.”


Langleys Ian FowlesLangleys Solicitors has appointed Ian Fowles as its IT director.

He joins York and Lincoln-based Langleys from Irwin Mitchell and previously worked at npower.

Mr Fowles will ensure that Langleys benefits from the high quality delivery of processes and technology that support the overall business strategy.

David Thompson, managing partner at Langleys, said: “Ian is an expert in many different areas of information technology. His experience and knowledge will support our staff and further enhance the service we offer to our clients.”