LLEWELLYN BANKES-HUGHES - MANAGING DIRECTOR
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.
LESLEY BANKES-HUGHES - DIRECTOR – PUBLISHING
Lesley Bankes-Hughes began her career in publishing in 1982 with the Hutchinson Publishing Group. She left in 1983 to join Jane’s Information Group and over the next six years she held a variety of editorial and journalistic posts within the company, including Business Editor of the then newly-launched Jane’s Defence Weekly and as Chief Business Analyst for Jane’s Defence Data. She also contributed a number of articles on defence issues to highly-respected industry journals and newspapers.
Lesley joined the International Stock Exchange in London to work on editorial projects, and, in 1989, joined Euromoney Publications to set up a screen-based service covering Mergers and Acquisitions in association with Reuters.
In 1990, Lesley established M&A Europa, a specialist weekly newsletter covering the corporate acquisition sector in Europe. During this time, she was also a contributing editor to East European Privatisation News.
Following a seven-year stint at Christ Church, University of Oxford, with responsibility for developing educational outreach projects, she joined Petrospot in 2007 as Associate Editor.
Lesley was born in York in 1958 and lives in Oxfordshire. She has a degree in English from the University of London and undertook post graduate work at the University of Liverpool.