LLEWELLYN BANKES-HUGHES - MANAGING DIRECTOR, PETROSPOT
Llewellyn began his career in the oil industry in 1980 as an oil price reporter (Petroleum Argus), working in London and New York. In 1983, he launched the Petrospot Directory, the first international oil trading contacts directory of its kind. From 1983 to 1985 he was a physical oil broker (Eperon Petroleum and Albion Oil) in New York and London. In 1985, he became markets editor of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, leaving in 1988 to launch the real-time oil information services OPEC Listener and Oil Market Listener.
Llewellyn joined the Oxford-based MRC Business Information Group in 1992. He founded and launched BunkerNews, which became the world’s leading information provider to the marine fuels industry, and later the BunkerNews Daily and the BunkerNews Directory of International Bunker Suppliers, Traders & Brokers.
In May 1993, he organised the first ever convention on behalf of the newly-founded International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).
In May 1999, Llewellyn was appointed Publisher, Informa Energy Publishing, expanding his portfolio to include Lloyd’s List Energy Day. In June 2000, he was appointed Director of Publishing, MRC Business Information Group, part of the Informa Group. In September 2002, he was appointed Managing Director of MRC Business Information Group Ltd.
In May 2003, Llewellyn left Informa to establish Petrospot Limited.
Over the past 17 years, Llewellyn has worked to raise the profile of the international bunker industry and campaigned for a greater level of education, training and co-operation among industry members, creating some of the industry’s most successful training courses, conferences, magazines and books. Llewellyn has organised conferences and training courses in Argentina, Panama, United States, Canada, UK, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Monaco, South Africa, Ghana, Hong Kong, Singapore and China, initially on behalf of MRC, Informa and IBIA, and latterly for Petrospot and Bunker Events Limited.
Born in Wales in 1957, Llewellyn lives in Milton, near Oxford, with his wife and two children. He has a degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of London.
GORIS VERMEULEN - MANAGING DIRECTOR, VERGO CONSULTANCY
Goris Vermeulen started his career in shipping over 30 years ago, followed by his first involvement with the oil industry in 1973. He has enjoyed over 20 years experience in the bunker industry.
After eight years in real estate, he returned to the oil business, joining Frisol bv in 1983.
By means of a management buy out, he became an owner of Frisol in 1989. He expanded the company by opening an office in Hong Kong and during his management, Frisol bunkering b.v. became the leading independent bunker supplier of the ARA.
In 2003 he left the bunker industry, by selling his shares in Frisol.
Goris Vermeulen is an acknowledged lecturer and has spoken on many bunker conferences in the world. Furthermore he has been an active member of various bunker related working groups, programme committees and participated in various panels.
He is a founding member of International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and was vice president of NOVE (organisation of independent oil, gas and coal traders in The Netherlands.)
Mr. Vermeulen runs twice a year the very successful course BUNKEREXPERIENCE, which offers the perfect mix of three days theory in the morning and practice in the afternoon.
Currently he lives in both Belgium and Greece, enjoying his semi retired life, running BUNKEREXPERIENCE and organizes Bunker Industry Events together with Petrospot.