Portland Fuel is run by a team of people who have bought, sold, transported, stored and traded fuel for the majority (and in some cases all) of their careers. With in excess of 100 years’ experience in the fuel industry, they are all proud to be known as genuine experts in the field.
For more information, please click on one of our team members below:
James started work at what was then, Mobil Corporation’s UK Refinery (Coryton) in 1994. Having been shouted at by Production Operators for 2 years, he transferred to BP and went on to have a number of roles in Planning, Sales, Logistics and Trading. In 2003, he joined the Bayford Group of Companies (Gulf Petrol Stations, BE Fuelcards) as Group Operations Director, looking after their £500m pa operational portfolio. During this time, he also became Chairman of the Association of UK Oil Independents which represents the petroleum interests of Supermarkets, Importers and Wholesalers in the UK. In 2009, he set up Portland Fuel Price Protection.
James is a graduate of Cambridge University and is married with 3 children. He lives in York.
Joe joined Portland in January 2010 and is our Commercial Director. He is an economics and sociology graduate from York University and on leaving York, he used his qualifications to great effect by erecting marquees for a living for several years. He topped up his knowledge with a spell in the City and jobs in the oil industry covering Depot Operations, Fuel Cards and Pricing.
Joe is an active cyclist and enjoys keeping fit. We once swapped his “maxi-muscle” powder for a slim-fast and somewhat predictably, he didn’t notice the difference.
Steve is our Trading Director and is the person responsible for finding and placing the fixed prices that Portland offers their customers. Steve has worked in the oil industry for several years and prior to that, was in banking (although we try not to hold it against him). We are also fairly sure that he is one of the only commodity traders around, who started his career as a car mechanic.
Jon joined BP as an 18 year old in 1996, back in the day when people from Southampton were allowed to leave Hampshire. He went on to have roles in Operations, Logistics and Marine Support. But he got thirsty and so in 2003 joined Scottish & Newcastle breweries as their youngest UK Product Manager at the time. He then worked in the drinks industry for 13 years (Beer, Energy Drinks and Wine – that’s some hangover) until 2016 when he got a call from his original boss in BP (James Spencer) asking him to join Portland.
Juliette graduated from Oxford University in 1992, although she would rather not be reminded of that fact. She is Portland’s Company Secretary and is a KPMG trained tax accountant. Outside of work, she is the treasurer of a local playgroup and enjoys reading, spending time with her children and being in charge. Company Secretary.