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.

Rhys Timson, Chief subeditor

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 editor

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. 

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, Co-editor

Tom is a co-editor for Hydrogen Economist and Transition Economist​ 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, Co-editor

Stuart is a co-editor for Hydrogen Economist and Transition Economist 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.

Commercial team

Alastair Noakes, Head of subscription sales

Alastair has been with PE Media Network for 15 years and currently heads up the subscriptions department. He is based in London, having previously lived in Liverpool and Nagoya, Japan.

Owen Raw-Rees, Commercial director

Owen is the commercial director for PE Media Network and is responsible for all non-subscription commercial activity across print, digital, and events. Since joining PE in 2017, Owen has helped evolve PE’s energy mapping product from print to digital and grown the hugely popular LNG to Power Forums from a EMEA event to a global series of events.

 

Rachel McGhie, Events manager

Rachel joined PE in 2017 as commercial manager, before progressing to lead the events department in early 2020. She is responsible for producing all live and virtual events across the PE Media Network portfolio, including researching and setting agendas to create valuable events for our senior-level audience; liaising with speakers and sponsors to build enable high quality discussion and debate; marketing and delegate acquisition; and coordinating the operational and logistical requirements for anything from a 40-minute webinar to a 3-day, multi-track hybrid conference.

Belinda Brusoni, Marketing manager

Belinda joined PE Media Network in 2022 as marketing manager, where she manages subscriptions and for commercial marketing for the group. She has 4 years of experience in digital marketing, and graduated with a MA in International Media Business from the University of Westminster, London.

Contributors

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.

Ros Davison

Ros is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. She has 30 years of experience covering energy and, more recently, climate. She has worked for Thomson Reuters, and has corresponded for BBC radio and several Scottish newspapers.

Clare Dunkley

Clare Dunkley is a London-based journalist with 20 years’ experience covering politics and business in the Middle East and North Africa, with a special focus on Gulf energy, for publications including Meed, Newsbase and the Economist Intelligence Unit. She has a BA from Oxford, an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and comes from Aberdeen.

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.

Victor Kotsev

Victor Kotsev is a reporter-at-large. He has covered the intersections of international politics, business and energy for over a decade, for mainstream media such as USA Today, Globe and Mail and Fast Company as well as for specialised publications. He pays particularly close attention to developments in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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.

Ahmed Mehdi

Ahmed Mehdi is the founder of Renaissance Energy Advisors, an energy consulting firm. He also serves as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and Distinguished Associate at Facts Global Energy (FGE). He previously acted as an advisor to BHP Petroleum and worked in the deals advisory division at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London. He regularly writes and comments for the media, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, S&P Global Platts and Middle East Economic Survey (MEES).

Robin Mills

Robin Mills established Qamar Energy in Dubai in 2015 to meet the need for regionally-based Middle East energy insight and project delivery. Robin worked for fourteen years for Shell and the Dubai government, concentrating on new business development in the Middle East energy sector. He is non-resident fellow at the Columbia University SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, the author of two books, The Myth of the Oil Crisis, and Capturing Carbon, and editor of Low Carbon Energy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Karolin Schaps

Karolin Schaps is a freelance journalist based in the Netherlands. She worked previously as energy correspondent at Reuters in London and market reporter at Argus. A German national with roots in Belgium, she speaks four languages and specialises in reporting on the energy sector.

Chris Stephen

Chris Stephen is a London-based journalist who covers oil and gas in North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. He was previously based in Tunisia and Libya, from where he reported on the 2011 Arab Spring revolution for media including The Guardian and Bloomberg.

Conal Quinn

Conal is a journalist based in Mexico City covering the domestic oil and gas industry and the wider Latin American energy sector and its geopolitical repercussions. He is a graduate from the University of Cambridge and speaks five languages.