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Tank Storage Awards Judges

The Tank Storage Awards judges are a cross section of experts taken from across the terminal industry around the globe. They receive no personal or financial benefit for their participation.

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James Foster
Trading Manager, BP Oil International

James Foster has worked in supply and trading roles in BP for the last 27 years. During this time he traded Middle Distillates in both London and Chicago, helping to set up BP’s trading activity in the US following the Amoco merger before moving on to trading management roles. These have included Head of Trading for Europe and Africa,  Global Commodity Head for Middle Distillates, setting up the original global commodity book structure, and Trading manager for  European crude.

Mr Foster holds a M.Eng degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.


Jonathan Silk
Technical Manager, Oiltanking & Co. LLC

Jonathan Silk is the Technical Manager at Oiltanking Terminal Oman. He has been in the Tank Terminal business for over 20 years, working in South Africa, the UK and the Middle East. *

Niels Van Bladeren
Chief Financial Officer, LBC Tank Terminals

Niels has close to 20 years of experience in financial management. From 1998 until 2007 he worked with a division of Unilever in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. From 2007 until 2012 Niels worked for Van Gansewinkel, as Group Controller and as Treasurer. From 2012 to 2015 he worked at Argos Terminals which merged with Koole Terminals in 2014 of which he became CFO. In April 2015, Niels joined LBC as CFO. He is a keen sailor and runner, and married with 4 children.

Laurent Hatzopoulos
Manager, Third Party Storage, Shell Trading

Laurent is responsible for the sourcing of liquid storage for Shell Downstream, including bringing external insights within the Shell Group and relationships with key storage providers. Laurent has a particular passion for the application of new technologies in the storage world. He joined Shell leading post-merger integration, acquisitions and divestments as well as efficiency projects. Prior to Shell, Laurent started his career with BP Plc, holding a variety of business development and operational roles across Trading and Marketing operations, including Castrol lubricants. He is a graduate in economics from the Universite Catholique de Louvain.

Margit Blok
Global HSE Director, VTTI

Margit Blok joined VTTI as Corporate HSE Director when the company had only just started in 2006. She started in the terminal industry in 1998, working as the Director of Engineering, Safety & Environment for IMTT in Canada. In between she spent two years working as HSE manager for Vopak Oil EMEA and Vopak Oil Rotterdam.*

Keith Jackson
Operations Director, InterTerminals

Keith Jackson has been with Inter Terminals (& formerly the business known as Simon Storage) for over 30years. He has worked at the majority of the UK terminals in some form. He has also been manager of three of the UK terminals including the two largest terminals before becoming firstly, Director at the Immingham terminals and more latterly Director at each of the UK sites.

Previous to joining Inter Terminals, Keith was Chief Officer in the UK Merchant Navy working predominantly on Tanker trades and latterly specialising in Chemical tanker trades.

He has been Operations Director since January 2015, with the role now encompassing Operations at all Inter Terminals’ European operations. Aside from the Operational aspect of the Company’s business he also has responsibility for Safety, Health and Environmental matters.

Oliver Stanelle
General Manager Central Engineering, Oiltanking

Oliver joined Oiltanking in 1997 after completing his Master of Science degree in Engineering. He has held a progression of engineering roles in different operating arms of the company, both in Germany and internationally. Oliver’s experience ranges from the design and construction of new storage terminals, terminal renovation and expansion projects, and the construction of pipeline connections and corridors, through to business development and due diligence in technical matters.

Roel Brouwer
International Technical Advisor, Vopak

Roel holds a Master in Chemical Engineering and joined Vopak 7 years ago. He spent 2 years at the Europoort terminal, the largest terminal in the Vopak network, 4 years at the Netherlands Division and joined the Global Department 1 year ago. From his current role he advises Vopak terminals all over the world on projects and technical issues. Furthermore he is leading global improvement projects from the headquarters.

Before joining Vopak, Roel worked for 13 years in the petrochemical industry, in the Netherlands and abroad, mainly in Process Engineering and projects.

Corne van de Reijt
Director Projects, Vopak

Corne has 24 years of management experience in the field of total tank maintenance and construction of bulk liquid terminals around the globe

Erik van Ommeren
Group Technical Director, Koole Terminals

Erik joined Koole Terminals in 2012. He has a masters degree in mechanical engineering and held different technical management positions over de last 17 years at amongst others Arcelor Mittal and Vopak Chemicals Netherlands. Erik’s experience ranges from the development and execution of a wide range of capital projects (green / brownfield), maintenance upgrades and due diligence trajectories.

*The judging process is a joint decision. Those judges that work for a storage terminal will not be eligible to judge in any category where there is a conflict of interest.