Who we are

Our Leadership team

Carol Howle

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Carol Howle joins BP Shipping from her current role as joint head of the group chief executive’s office, BP plc, and brings a breadth of experience across finance, operations, and supply and trading. Carole assumed this role in February 2018.

Prior to this she was the regional business leader of Global Oil Europe & Finance, which is part of BP’s global integrated supply and trading business, where she was responsible for BP’s trading activities across Oil and Chemicals for the region covering Europe, FSU, North Africa and West Africa; and also had global commodity accountability for treasury trading, lightends and middle distillates.  Her team consisted of c.400 people across various locations in supply, trading, marketing & origination, analytics, operations and HSSE.

From Sep 2009 to 2011, Mrs. Howle was Chief operating officer for the natural gas liquids business in North America gas and power based in Houston, Texas, USA.  BP Energy is a leading natural gas, power and NGL supply, marketing, trading and logistics company in North America. 

From 2008 to Sep 2009, Mrs. Howle was the Head of executive office for the Chief executive of the global integrated supply and trading business, based in the London corporate office.

Prior to that Mrs. Howle worked for several years in Asia, based in Singapore, as the trading manager for Global LPG and Chemicals, the Head of operations for the Eastern Hemisphere business; and as a Commercial Manager looking after a number of functional teams.

Mrs. Howle has also worked for Shell UK Ltd, and Rhein Oel Ltd (subsidiary of RWE-DEA AG), and has 20+ years of broad energy industry experience with the past 17 years in BP.

Mrs. Howle is a Fellow Chartered management accountant.

Guy Mason

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Guy joined BP in 1986 and his career has spanned many parts of the group.  After graduating with a first class degree in mechanical engineering from Loughborough University, he started his career at the chemicals manufacturing site at Hull performing engineering, manufacturing operations and industrial relations roles before moving to London in 1993.  Between 1993 and 2000 Guy assumed a number of commercial and business leadership roles in oxygenated solvents and polymers, ultimately leading the European sales and marketing team for BP’s Rigidex high density polyethylene product range.

Guy joined BP’s Gas Power and Renewables business shortly after it was formed following BP’s merger with Amoco.  Between 2000 and 2005 he held a number of business and commercial leadership roles, building new gas and power businesses for BP in China and Italy.

On returning to London in 2005, Guy was appointed as director of strategy and planning for the global Communications and External Affairs function, where he built expertise in external affairs, advocacy, policy development, planning and capability development.

Guy joined BP’s Alternative Energy business in late 2007, and held a number of finance, commercial and business leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officer roles for BP’s Hydrogen Power Business, and its Corporate Venturing business.

Prior to appointment as Chief Financial Officer for BP Shipping,  Guy was head of executive office for corporate business activities which encompassed BP’s Trading, Alternative Energy, Shipping, Remediation Management and Group Technology activities.

Guy oversees Finance, Chartering, Strategy, Risk, Compliance, and Information management activities.

Chris Bailey

Vice President Operations

After various roles within the marine industry including time spent at sea and as a Surveyor to Lloyd’s Register, and as an Engineer Superintendent based in Abu Dhabi, Chris joined BP Shipping in 2001 as an operations Superintendent.

After a spell as Fleet Superintendent Chris moved out of operations and into the Technical Team as Technical Manager, this was during a time when BP were in the process of building some 60 vessels for both for BP Shipping and other parts of the BP Group.

In early 2009 Chris then took up a role with a wider remit within the Marine Assurance Team, this included offshore assurance, marine assurance into the gas trading business, design and construction for both the BP Shipping fleet and upstream and also the provision of capability to the BP Group.

In October 2011 Chris was appointed to the role of Technical Vice President of the Marine & Technical division of BP Shipping initially setting up the division in order to prepare for the additional activities of fleet rejuvenation projects before becoming Vice President of Operations in 2014.

Oli Beavon

Vice President, Marine & Technical

Oli began working for BP in the chemicals business, initially as an intern in Grangemouth, Scotland in 1991. He graduated from Imperial College London in Mechanical Engineering and worked in project and plant operations on chemical plants in Hull, England from 1995 to 2002.

Oli was an Asset Mechanical Engineer and later a Shift Site Manager, giving him engineering and operational leadership experience. He supported the site leadership team through a major site reorganisation and spent time in HR as HR Advisor and Site Lead for Learning & Development.

He completed his MBA from Open University in 2003 while working as Planning and Performance Analyst at the BP Headquarters in St James's Square, London. He then joined BP Shipping in 2004 as Performance Manager. 

In BP Shipping, Oli has led the control and planning teams and developed BP Shipping fleet strategy as well as building risk analysis expertise prior to working for the BP Shipping CEO as Executive Assistant in 2009. Oli joined the Operations Leadership Team in 2010 as Procurement & Operations Performance Manager and then Fleet Health & Safety Manager and Designated Person Ashore. 

Oli moved to Marine & Technical as the Marine and Engineering Manager EMEA before being appointed as TVP in August 2014. Oli’s responsibilities in this role include assessment, inspection, vetting and clearance of third party assets for BP business, new vessel construction, providing mariner and engineering capability for BP in marine operations and projects and building capability through secondment and graduate programmes.

Oli is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering.

Richard Fulham

HR Director

Richard joined BP in 2010 as Director of Employee Relations working with business leaders, line managers and employees across BP to develop sustainable employee and industrial relations.

Prior to joining BP, Richard held a number of HR roles with RBS, working with both UK and international businesses. Whilst at RBS, Richard was variously responsible for employment policy, industrial relations and business change projects, as well as supporting many acquisitions and disposals.

Richard started his career working for one of the UKs largest unions and also spent time in Brussels working for the European Metalworkers’ Federation.

Carol McLeod

Managing Counsel, Global Shipping

Carol joined BP in 2007 as Legal Adviser in the BP Shipping Legal team in Sunbury.  Prior to joining BP, Carol spent more than ten years in private practice specialising in shipping, offshore energy and commodity trading law.  In 2010 Carol moved to BP’s Integrated Supply & Trading, Global Oil Europe legal team where she supported BP’s oil trading business in Europe, Russia and West Africa.  While in that role, Carol advised on oil and LPG trading and operational issues, and strategic marketing & origination projects as well as providing sanctions compliance advice as a member of the BP group International Trade Regulation Global Compliance Team.  In 2015, Carol was seconded to BP’s Global Lubricants legal team providing temporary cover for the role of managing counsel responsible for legal support to BP’s automotive and industrial lubricants businesses in Europe and Africa and the global corporate accounts team, before stepping into her current role in December 2015.

Mark Fortnum

VP S&OR Shipping

Mark returned to BP Shipping in 2015 as vice president of deployed safety and operational risk and brings a breadth of leadership, risk management, shipping and terminal operations experience.

He started his career working on gas carriers and oil tankers as a navigator, cargo officer and captain. A secondment to Upstream in Oman followed where he was a pilot and operations manager before moving Downstream to BP Coryton refinery to lead a contractor workforce providing safe and efficient jetty operations at the multi-jetty facility. He joined BP Shipping in 2002 as a marine assurance superintendent.

Various business and technical leadership roles followed including secondment to the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) where he sat on technical working groups developing industry best practice publications and representing member oil companies at the International Maritime Organisation; and as the global commercial voyage operations manager working alongside IST in Canary Wharf, London.

He was then based in Singapore as the general manager and director of BP Maritime Services. Mark joined S&OR from Group Audit where he was a business auditor conducting organisational, operations and commercial audits across Group.

He has also worked for Shell, Petroleum Development Oman, Briggs Marine Contractors and brings over 30 years of broad industry experience, the past 17 of which have been with BP. As well as being a chartered master mariner, Mark holds a BSc and an MBA with distinction from London City University, and combines his role of VP S&OR Shipping with that of the Group Marine Authority.

Our people

While the shipping industry is facing shortages of skilled sea staff in its traditional recruitment markets, there is also growing demand for the skills of our staff across the BP Group. This is due to the increasing need for experienced marine assurance specialists. As a result we have become a global recruiter in recent years.

BP Maritime Services (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (BPMSS) and BP Maritime Services (Isle of Man) Limited BPMS (IOM)

BP Maritime Services (Singapore) (BPMSS) is now the legal employer of all officers. It carries out and is responsible for all the HR functions applicable to sea staff, including global recruitment, development, training and performance, disciplinary and grievances of BP's marine employees and general HR functions relating to them.

BP Maritime Services (Isle of Man) BPMS (IOM) provides logistical support to BPMSS including allocating crew to vessels, crew changes and management of travel, and travel arrangements and logistics for training courses. This activity is administered from the Isle of Man.

The logistics management and interface with our Indian officers continues to be managed by Executive Ship Management (ESM).

With the increase in fleet size, and with over 1,000 officers now employed under BPMSS contracts, these changes were timely to ensure we have the organisational capability to continue to attract, motivate and retain world-class talent and continue to deliver clean seas, safe ships and commercial success.


Good communication is central to the creation of a more inclusive organisation. As well as a number of information initiatives and our online publication, The Flag, we have Sea Staff briefings to encourage more direct and positive two-way dialogue with shore management. A handbook on seafarers’ terms and conditions of employment was also developed and issued early in 2007 and has since been updated.


Employing a diverse workforce at sea remains a challenge both in terms of gender and ethnicity. Nevertheless we value diversity and seek to promote it through awareness programmes, diversity champions and the use of diverse selection panels for senior level management jobs.