Tony Yates


Tony began his career in the Merchant Navy and is a Master Mariner, having sailed on tankers of all sizes over a period of 14 years. He moved to the USA to take a role with Caleb Brett (now Intertek), as a Marine Technical Supervisor and was subsequently promoted to the position of North East Regional Manager responsible for 9 offices.

Tony moved back to the UK in 1989 and joined BP moving through various roles in cargo assurance and trading operations including a number of management positions. In 2004 Tony was appointed Head of Operations for Integrated Supply and Trading. In this capacity he set the strategy and vision for the future whilst managing a large team in excess of 120 people, covering the operations functions of trading (crude and products), demurrage, inventory, cargo assurance, and shipping coordination.

As part of his wider responsibilities Tony was the Business Sponsor for the commercial graduate scheme, managing the demand, recruitment and development of quality talent. He was also the Marine Authority for the Company’s trading business.  He is accredited in leadership development techniques and has developed and presented courses on a variety of subjects.

As a consultant Tony has provided advice and conducted reviews on the structure, organisation and performance of business teams on a global basis. He has developed leaders, engaged the workforce and motivated staff. Tony has both strong technical and operational experience and has presented many courses covering all aspects of operations to a wide range of companies as well as to the oil industry in general.

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