Michael Panas – Managing Consultant
Michael is a specialist in the field of NGL/LPG supply/demand, commercial and shipping. Michael has led a number of global NGL/LPG projects, focusing on commercial aspects, supply/demand issues, shipping analysis and supply/demand, price & freight forecasting.
Michael started his career in the gas market in 2005 in the Greek shipping industry before working for Poten & Partners between 2007 and 2017 as an LPG senior consultant and subsequently manager of the NGL/LPG consulting practice.
During his time as an NGL/LPG advisor, Michael has consulted on LPG economics, investment valuation, strategic/business analysis, infrastructure, due diligence and marketing projects including developing business plans and strategies for a wide range of companies.
Michael, a Greek native, has a BSc in Shipping, Trade and Transport economics from the University of the Aegean in Greece and an MSc in Project Analysis, Finance and Investment from the University of York. He is also a frequent speaker at various international NGL conferences. He is based in Houston.
Peter Manning – Senior Consultant
Peter has fifty years of experience in market analysis and developing corporate strategy in the petrochemical and energy sectors. He has in-depth knowledge of the petrochemical business (primarily ethylene, propylene, butadiene and their derivatives) and natural gas liquids markets - ethane, propane and butane.
He has been a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. He worked initially for Esso Chemical at Fawley, became Editor of European Chemical News (now ICIS Chemical Business) and began his consulting experience with Trichem Consultants, London in 1976.
He subsequently opened a European office for CMAI (now part of IHS) before founding Peter Manning Associates (PMA). He has also worked for Poten & Partners, first as a consultant and more recently as a contractor through PMA.
Peter brings extensive understanding of the interface between petrochemicals and their feedstocks, particularly NGLs - an understanding that has become increasingly relevant in assessing today’s gas liquids markets.
He obtained a BSc (Eng) degree in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University.
He is based in London.
Emma Lamb – Lead Consultant
A PhD graduate in chemistry, Emma has a thorough knowledge of the chemicals industry and its influence within commodity markets.
Emma has led numerous LPG and NGL consulting assignments for many years and regularly provides market insight and advise to key players in the market on effective strategies.
She is an expert in supply/demand modelling and trade flows for the global LPG market developing indivudual approaches for both propane and butane. Utilising her chemical expertise, she has a clear understanding of downstream LPG outlets, in particular European and Asian petrochemical applications.
Previously Emma has worked at Poten & Partners as a consultant and analyst and holds a Masters in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews and a PhD from the University of Bath.
She is a frequent speaker at global LPG conferences, most recently giving the keynote speech at the LP Gas Seminar in Tokyo in March 2018.
Emma is currently based in London.
Colin Shelley – Senior Advisor
Colin Shelley has more than thirty-five years’ experience in the international LPG industry.
For much of that time he was the LPG consulting manager for Poten & Partners, based firstly in New York and then in London.
More recently he ran FGE's LPG consulting practice in Singapore.
He is a well-known speaker at industry conferences and is the author of the book The Story of LPG.
He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
James T. (Jim) Webster – Executive Advisor
Jim has nearly 40 years of experience in all areas of the hydrocarbon value chain including general management, business and marketing development, operations management, trading, field sales and corporate planning.
Within this framework, there has been particular focus on Midstream and NGL Management including large capital program business development and implementation.
Extensive international experience in the Middle East, NWE and Asia Pacific. Jim retired from Phillips66 as General Manager, Phillips Midstream NGL, in March 2017 after 37 years.
Prior to returning to US to take over NGLs in 2006 as GM, he held the position of President of ConocoPhillips Asia Supply and Trading (which included the Middle East liquids activity as well as Asia Pacific).
He resides in Houston and Oklahoma City. Jim brings outstanding commercial and high-level management experience to the team.
He will participate in workshops and give direction to commercial and strategic aspects of NGLS studies and projects.