Charles has spent a lifetime in the downstream oil business, working for many years in BP and Ultramar, initially in research then in logistics and refinery supply and subsequently in developing business internationally.
As well as working in the Netherlands, USA and Canada, he has in more recent years been based in London, where he has held senior management positions in a number of companies in the refining, supply/logistics, shipping and oil trading sectors.
An international oil market expert and consultant to established and emerging companies, he is a recognised authority on oil supply markets in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Russia. He has also been actively engaged in many business restructuring projects around the world.
Charles has extensive knowledge of financing and of legal matters pertaining to the oil industry and he is regularly called upon to serve in court as an expert witness in legal cases.
He was a founder member, and the first vice-chairman, of the UK’s International Petroleum Exchange and he has lectured on a wide range of oil-related subjects all over the world. He is a visiting lecturer at CASS Business School in Energy Economics and presents papers internationally on a wide range of oil-related subjects.