Meet the Board, Kellie Twigge, VP P&C Trading, Shipping & bp Singapore at bp
This month we had the pleasure of speaking with Kellie Twigge, VP P&C Trading, Shipping & bp Singapore at bp and President of the New Zealand Chamber.
Briefly what is your role?
I’m the Lead Vice President People & Culture for bp's global Trading & Shipping organization. Based in Singapore, myself and the People and Culture team support our global team of traders and originators. They work with our partners to buy, sell and move energy, integrating our products and services to provide energy solutions for 12,000 customers in 140 countries. Part of this role is partnering with bp Shipping. At any one time, about 300 ships are on the water for bp, enabling us to move around 240 million tonnes of oil, gas and products every year. I’m also the P&C head of country for all our businesses in Singapore, the regional hub for Asia Pacific.
Any advice for doing business in Singapore and/or the region?
Creativity, innovation and agility. Strong relationship skills and stakeholder management is also critical. I love living and working in Singapore and kiwis bring a lot of pragmatism and critical problem solving to the challenges and growth happening in Asia Pacific.
When did you move to Singapore? Where from?
I’ve been based in Singapore since 2016 after an 8-year period in the United Kingdom. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand
Where were you born? What country do you call home?
I was born in Auckland and did Bachelor of Commerce in Management & Employment Relations and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Business Ethics at the University of Auckland. I have a lot of family and friends in Singapore, London and New Zealand so sitting round the dinner table in any of these locations with loved ones is home!
What do you like most about Singapore?
I love the warmth and diversity of people, food and culture! I also really like the weather although not the humidity.
What do you do to relax?
My new passion that I developed during COVID restrictions is sailing and are now the proud owner of ‘Babe’ a F16 performance catamaran. You’ll often find me at Changi Sailing Club in the weekends capsizing or enjoying a beer by the pool. I also love to cook and doing big walks with Ricky Baker my miniature schnauzer.
What's top of your bucket list?
Anywhere where I can combine my love of the outdoors, food and meeting amazing people. Now travel is opening up again Hokkaido, Kakadu National Park, more of Africa and the islands of Indonesia are all up there.
Why did you join the New Zealand Chamber (Singapore) and what do you like most about it?
I firstly joined MĀIA, a network for women to give and receive support through leadership, career development, diversity and inclusion. Since then the social events, especially the ball, networking events and community have been great.
Any last words?
I’m excited to be stepping in as the President and keen to hear your ideas on what makes the chamber great to be part of. Please feel free to reach out to myself or the board with your thoughts.