Our Team

Our unique brand brings with it in excess of 50 years’ experience comprising of both senior technical and recruitment experience as well as extensive networks at all levels throughout the energy sector.

Chris Flavell
Executive Chairman

Chris holds a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Applied Geophysics from the University of Birmingham. He started his career in 1980 with BP in London, and has since worked for a variety of small to large Independent Oil Companies in various technical and managerial roles, as well as consulting for 8 years. Chris’s last oil company role was General Manager of Exploration for Tullow Oil when the company grew rapidly following the discovery of major new oil provinces in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. Chris is a Founder and the Executive Chairman of Zinc Consultants.


Joe Hetherington
Managing Director

Joe holds a BSc in Mathematics from Newcastle University. He soon grew his career in within the Energy sector accumulating a wealth of knowledge predominately in the Upstream Midstream and Downstream sectors.  Joe has a successful track record in delivering high-level and complex search assignments on behalf companies across the sector and has built  particular expertise in advising Energy companies on leadership appointments and talent management.  He is currently Managing Director of Zinc Consultants where he is overseeing the rapid growth within North America and Europe on both Zinc Executives & Zinc Technical brands


Nikola Kindlova
Executive Director

Nikola holds a BSc in Business Administration from University of Brighton. She started her career in international business development role working for a global manufacturing business in the oil industry. Following direct industry experience, she moved across to energy recruitment focused on international technical and senior management search assignments.  Nikola is a Founder and Business Development Director of Zinc Consultants