Mr. James Rockall is the CEO and Managing Director of the World LP Gas Association. He is responsible for leading the organisation, ensuring that the Association delivers on its Mission Statement and delivers value to all WLPGA members. James has a strong energy and business development background having worked for nine years for Shell International in project management and business development in The Netherlands and Venezuela. Prior to joining the WLPGA in July 2003 as Director of Market Development, James worked for two years for the global energy group ALSTOM SA as an e-Business Director. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham in the UK and an MBA from the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mr. Michael Kelly is Director of Market Development and Deputy Managing Director at the WLPGA. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the George Washington University in Washington DC. He brings a multi-cultural touch to his role because of his experience working throughout the world. Michael spent 5 years working for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), an organisation which is the voice of world business, championing the global economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity. He was responsible for the energy and environment policy portfolio and led business delegations in UN level negotiations on topics in this area. Before the ICC, Michael Kelly has lived and worked in the UK, Sweden, China, Japan, Italy and the US. Living in so many different countries provides him with an understanding of different cultures and ways of working. Michael’s role is to look for new opportunities for LP Gas, both in the developing world and in more mature markets. He acts as the interface between the industry, development agencies, intra governmental bodies, such as the UN and the NGO community.
Mr. David Tyler joined the World LP Gas Association team in March 2009 as Director, Technology & Business Practices. His primary role will be to further consolidate the World LP Gas Association’s programs on innovation and to drive the global Autogas initiative, including working closely with industry members on the GLOTEC (Global Technology Network) and GAIN (Global Autogas Industry Networks) Committees. He will also be responsible for the Asian/Pacific membership group. He brings with him a deep experience of the LP Gas industry on a global scale after working 25 years with Shell International. In 1996, David established his own LP Gas consultancy business in Australia and since then has successfully undertaken strategic projects in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Australia. David has lived and worked in many countries including the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong and China which will reinforce the global dimension at the WLPGA.
Mr. Nikos Xydas joined WLPGA as Technical Director in September 2011. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow/Scotland. His main professional background is from Shell, in Technical, Operations and HSE positions, the largest majority in international roles with Shell Gas (LPG) and Shell Global Lubricants. Earlier he was with ABB in Switzerland and also in Greece. He has a double French/Greek nationality and his permanent residence is in Paris. He speaks English, French, German and Greek. The width of his international roles in Shell in charge of large numbers /zones of countries provided him with a good mix of competences and experiences and not only in the Technical, Operations or HSE which are his main expertise areas. Outside these, he spent some years in developing and managing the network of the Shell Select outlets in Greece (mostly food retailing) and in roles as Communications mgr. Most recently, in Shell Lubricants he held the roles of Global Strategy/Planning mgr, Global Communications mgr, Global Assurance/Audit mgr and Global Performance mgr. in HSSE.
Ms Alison Abbott joined the WLPGA in October 2010. She is responsible for both the communications initiatives of the WLPGA to its members and stakeholders and also for the global rollout of the Exceptional Energy brand. Having previously held similar positions within telecommunications and software companies both in France and the UK, Alison joined the WLPGA with a wealth of experience in global communications and international brand marketing.
Ms. Esther Assous joined the WLPGA team in October 2007. She is responsible for the management of the annual World Gas Forum events and the European Association Congress. She is a multi-lingual Dutch citizen speaking both English and French fluently. Ms. Esther Assous joins WLPGA with 12 years experience in marketing and communications. She has a varied background having worked as office manager for the French Chiropractic Association, for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Luxemburg and as Communications and Marketing Assistant for Schlumberger in Paris. She has a Masters Degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor in marketing.
Ms. Laurence Poret graduated in languages (English and Spanish) at La Sorbonne. She spent more than 20 years with the Paris subsidiary of an American Human Resources consulting firm in various jobs. She specialized in company opinion and compensation surveys. She contributed to the organization of several large seminars involving top executives for client companies. She joined WLPGA in 2005 as Office Manager. She is in charge of all administrative matters including members support, accounting, personnel, suppliers, website and organization.
Camille joined the WLPGA in April 2011. She has a Master's degree in Negotiation and International Business and specialized in Marketing and Communication. She cooperated to several profesionnal Events and Public relations missions in various companies. She speaks French, English and Spanish.