Meet the PE team

Peter Ramsay, Editor-in-chief

Peter joined Petroleum Economist in October 2018 as editor-in-chief, with responsibility for all content produced under the PE brand. He has almost two decades’ experience of energy and commodity market reporting and analysis.

Peter was previously managing editor at Argus Media. His previous roles encompass leading Argus’ European gas and power and global coal strategy; senior analyst positions within the European gas trading team at BP and at price forecaster Eclipse Energy Group, now part of Platts Analytics; and editing Argus’ daily European natural gas report. Peter is an M.A. (Cantab) graduate of the University of Cambridge.

 Charles Waine, Americas correspondent

Charles heads the Americas region for Petroleum Economist and specialises in US shale and Latin American upstream, with a particular focus on the region’s NOCs.

Before joining Petroleum Economist, he worked in due diligence and conflict research and holds a MSc in International Development from The University of Bath. 

Rhys Timson, Digital & copy editor

Rhys is a production journalist with more than 14 years of experience and joined PE Media Network in September 2020. He has previously worked for Interfax Global Energy Services and Hydrocarbon Engineering and LNG Industry magazines. He has an MA in English Literature from the University of York. 

Polly Martin, Digital editorial assistant

Polly joined PE Media Network in 2021 as a digital editorial assistant. She manages the publication of online articles and social media for Petroleum Economist, Hydrogen Economist, and Transition Economist. She also writes for the latter two titles, with a focus on decarbonisation and renewables. She has three years of experience in energy media and communications, and received a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester. 

Contributing editors

Simon Ferrie, Editor (Asia Pacific & Sub-Saharan Africa)

Simon is a London-based journalist and covers the Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan African markets for Petroleum Economist. He has 13 years of experience reporting on a range of energy and commodity sectors, including heading up freight coverage at Argus Media.

Tom Young, Contributing editor

Tom is a contributing editor based in Bristol. He has 15 years of experience covering the technology and energy industries, including eight years working across three desks at Argus Media. He specialises in covering hydrogen, renewables and the transition to a low-carbon economy. 

Stuart Penson, Contributing editor

Stuart is a contributing editor based in London. He has previously held senior editorial and management roles at Reuters, Dow Jones and Argus Media in a 30-year career covering energy, commodities and financial markets. He specialises in hydrogen and renewables, with a particular focus on traded markets and government policy.


Gerald Butt

Gerald has reported on the Middle East for four decades – as BBC correspondent in Lebanon and then Israel/Occupied Territories. He later edited the Cyprus-based Middle East Economic Survey and today is a freelance writer and consultant on the region.

James Gavin

James is a London-based journalist specialising in Central Asia and Asia Pacific oil and gas markets. Formerly based in the Middle East, he has covered energy markets and political risk issues for the past two decades. 

Anna Kachkova

Anna is a freelance writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has over 12 years of experience covering the energy industry, including eight years as NewsBase's North America editor, five of which were spent in Houston, Texas. She specialises in covering energy in North America and Europe, as well as global unconventional oil and gas and LNG. Anna is a graduate of the University of St Andrews and also holds an MA from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Vincent Lauerman

Vincent is president of Geopolitics Central, a Calgary-based energy consultancy. He has spent the majority of his three-decade career working as a global energy analyst, specialising in oil markets. Vincent has also worked as a manager of energy economists, policy analysts and reporters, and as a private macro-speculator. He graduated with a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, and has worked in Calgary, New York and Tokyo.

David Whitehouse

David, a journalist for over 25 years, is the business editor of The Africa Report in Paris. He spent 17 years as an editor with Bloomberg News. His freelance work appears in publications including Jeune Afrique, The China-Africa Project, Heavy Lift and The Trade. He also holds a PhD in the colonial history of Rwanda and Burundi.