Janet Ashdown Appointed President of UKPIA
UK Petroleum Industry Association

30th April 2009


Janet Ashdown Appointed President of UKPIA

Janet Ashdown, head of UK Fuels for BP Oil UK, has been appointed President of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, the trade association representing the nine main oil refiners in the UK. She succeeds the outgoing President Nick Thomas of ExxonMobil.

Janet joined BP as a graduate trainee in refining during the 1980s. Since then she has undertaken a number of roles including product trading based in New York, London and Paris, and at BP's Corporate Headquarters in the Gas & Power and European Retail and Commercial Fuels Businesses.

Janet commented “I am delighted to be taking over as President in this 30th anniversary year of UKPIA’s formation. I look forward to working with my fellow Council members and with the UKPIA Secretariat to address the big challenges facing the UK oil refining industry in continuing to provide the secure fuel supplies that we shall need in the future, as well as meeting the tough targets for greenhouse gas reduction under EU and UK laws.”


Nick Vandervell +44 (0)20 7269 760

Notes to editors:

  1. UKPIA represents the oil refining and marketing companies operating in the UK, which also own approximately 2,190 of the UK's 9,264 service stations.
  2. UKPIA members own and operate the nine crude oil processing refineries in the UK.

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