David M. Thomas is an independent LNG and commodity advisor with 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. For the last 25 years he has been primarily engaged in LNG trading, shipping, origination, projects and related investments. David serves as a non- executive director and advisory board member for several energy-related companies. He has a strong focus on strategy, the environment, performance and governance. David has also worked with a variety of energy companies including helping utilities to establish
trading arms, advising on organisation, process and systems.
Until 2017 David ran Vitol’s global LNG business, having joined in 2006 to set up the team. As well as trading teams in Geneva and Singapore, he was responsible for all aspects of the LNG business, including origination and investments. Through his extensive networks across the industry he grew the business to become the largest independent trader of LNG.
Prior to Vitol, David spent 20 years at BP primarily engaged in natural gas and LNG marketing and trading activities; he jointly established BP’s LNG trading business in 1999. Previous assignments in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America included broader commercial, exploration and production roles. David began his career in Wireline Operations with Schlumberger in West Africa. He is a member of several professional organisations and holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Kent.