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Peel Gas & Oil, a member of United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) has expanded its team by appointing Tony Smith as commercial strategy manager.
Joining from SLR – where he led development of business strategy, including environmental services, relating to shale gas – Tony brings over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector to the team.
Born in Bradford, Tony joined BP Research after gaining his PhD in oil degradation, kick-starting an accomplished career that would see him negotiate landmark gas contracts for ExxonMobil.
He will strengthen Peel Gas & Oil’s offer as an essential development partner to shale gas licence holders, helping to speed up delivery and de-risk investment via the company’s skills and assets in land, infrastructure and utilities.
“I’m extremely proud to be starting the next chapter of my career with Peel Gas & Oil,” said Tony.
“The commercial factors to getting an onshore industry off the ground are complex and require a collaborative approach. My experience of advising global clients on all aspects from sales and quality, to transportation and infrastructure will be a key aspect of my new role.”
Before joining Peel Gas & Oil, Tony also travelled the world during successful periods with Schlumberger and as a strategic adviser to some of the biggest players in the global gas market.
“Tony’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry and enviable experience of the market mean he will be a valued addition to our team,” said managing director Myles Kitcher.
“He joins us at an exciting time for the industry, as a swathe of new shale licences are due to be offered across the country. Our focus must now be to overcome the industry’s challenges and foster a connected approach that will deliver progress and stimulate a thriving supply chain in the UK.”
Earlier this year Peel Gas and Oil commissioned a study by AMION Consulting. The report Shale Gas – Creating a Supply Hub for the Bowland Shale – found that developing a supply hub in the Bowland Shale could see Northern economies benefit from a £30 billion boost. It also found that development of a supply chain to support the industry could also support 13,000 jobs – more than double the amount than without a supply hub.  Download a copy at