Senior Associates

Tim Atkinson - Senior Associate

Tim Atkinson is an expert in carbon and environmental markets with over 12 years experience of Transactions and Project Management.

He has been involved in the development and management of a global CDM project portfolio which included many of the largest carbon credit transactions in the market to date.

He also has many years of experience assisting companies seek opportunities and transact under the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS).


Richard Cockburn - Senior Associate

Richard has extensive knowledge and wide-ranging experience of the utilities industry and the retail power sector.

Following several years, firstly as an analyst then as a trader, at Innogy plc, Richard moved on to trading for ABB Treasury and Energy Services (UK) plc and Ecotricity.

More recently he has been working for a number of clients advising on risk management and price modelling issues.

His knowledge base covers wholesale power and derivatives, gas and spark spread trading, credit management, cost control and contractual and regulatory issues.

Richard is adept at modelling pricing and risk management problems and at analysing developing emissions-related matters in the power sector.


Grahame Cook - Senior Associate

Grahame is the latest addition to the Consilience Senior Associate stable. Grahame has almost 30 years of experience in oil trading, supply and the commercial aspects of refining.

Following several years trading crude oil and refined products for BP, he held senior management positions in BP’s crude oil and refined product trading teams for ten years, gaining extensive knowledge of both physical oil and derivative markets.

In his career Grahame has also worked as Commercial Director of BP Shipping, served on the shareholder committee of BP’s ROG refining joint venture with Rosneft, served as a director of BP’s Nigermed joint venture with NNPC and spent several years in international business development and origination roles.

Grahame has extensive experience of entrepreneurial oil trading, oil supply and crude oil marketing as well as price and operational risk management within large complex trading operations.

Grahame also played a material role in the evolution of the Brent or BFOE market over the last 15 years.


Nigel Harris - Senior Associate

Nigel has more than 35 years of oil trading and broking experience. An economist by training, Nigel has worked in supply, trading and refining for BP and as a crude oil broker for 3 different companies – First National Oil Consultants, Amerex Petroleum and most recently Tullett Prebon.

With vast execution experience, Nigel is able to advise clients on the working of the physical, futures and derivatives markets and to assist their entry into and ongoing participation in each market.

His recent activities with Consilience have included advising Exploration and Production Companies on the marketingof their crude oil, involving the negotiation of spot sales and both the setting up of term contracts with major oil companies and the monitoring of their operation from both a commercial and operational point of view.

He has provided input and analysis for litigation cases and also advised national petroleum tax authorities on the implications of suggested changes to their established mechanisms.

He has been a regular presenter of training courses on oil trading both in the UK and overseas.


David Jones - Senior Associate

David is the founder of Industrial Commercial Ventures (ICV) - providing advice and consulting services to the oil, chemicals and biofuels markets.

David brings over 25 years of experience in these markets to provide unique insights and practical advice to companies seeking to navigate through challenging markets.

David has specialist expertise in the areas of commercial optimisation of production assets and price risk management in commodity markets.

Before setting up ICV in 2006, David spent 15 years at BP: Assignments included oil exploration, refining, oil trading, pipelines and chemicals with his experience culminating as Commercial Director at Innovene – BP’s carve out of its chemicals division that was sold to INEOS.

He worked at Masefield, a specialized international energy trader, as Head of Oil and Chemicals Products.


Andy Kerr - Senior Associate

Andy was involved in the first UK Emissions Trading Scheme and has since managed participation in and traded on behalf of a number of different companies in the UK, EU and Kyoto carbon markets.

Andy has worked with governments and corporations in North America, Europe and Australasia as they develop their strategic responses to environmental and climate change challenges.

He has performed this type of work for the UK, Italian and Scottish Governments, as well as for a number of global blue-chip companies such as Ford, Intergen, Vattenfall, Endessa, Royal Mail, WWF, Scottish & Southern Energy, amongst many others.

Andy is the author of a number of papers and Government reports on climate change policy and emissions trading and the implications for the energy sector.

He is the co-author of Climate Change and Emissions Trading: What Every Business Needs to Know.

Andy is currently Director of SAGES, a £15m initiative to pool resources in Scottish Universities to engage with business and policy agendas and tackle some of the grand environmental challenges of today, and a Director of strategic consultancy E3 International Pty Ltd.


Robert Pritchard - Senior Associate

Robert is head of ResourcesLaw International Associates, our affiliated consulting firm, based in Sydney, Australia.

Robert has extensive international energy connections and serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Alliance of Australia.

Robert provides specialist advisory services to our clients on energy policy, climate policy, energy investment, project financing and risk management.

Robert has been a consultant to the APEC Energy Working Group on a number of international studies, including cross-border power, cross-border gas projects, electricity industry reform and energy security.

In 1982, Robert was the founding chairman of the Section on Energy Law of the International Bar Association.

He is closely associated with the London-based World Energy Council and served as a member of its Finance Committee for 9 years until 2007.


Martin Wakefield - Senior Associate

Martin is a chemical engineer, but also has extensive first hand trading experience.

His career has covered both crude oil and refined products trading internationally with a particular specialization in African crude.

As a consultant since 2010, he has carried out many crude oil evaluation studies on new crudes and crude blends and more recently analysed the crude streams expected to be exported from Uganda and the sizing of the Ugandan refinery to meet local product demand.