The WLPGA Team


James Rockall

CEO and Managing Director

Mr. James Rockall is the CEO and Managing Director of the WLPGA. He is responsible for leading the organisation, ensuring that the Association delivers on its Mission Statement and delivers value to all WLPGA members. James has a strong energy and business development background having worked for nine years for Shell International in project management and business development in The Netherlands and Venezuela. Prior to joining the WLPGA in July 2003 as Director of Market Development, James worked for two years for the global energy group ALSTOM SA as an e-Business Director. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham in the UK and an MBA from the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr. Michael Kelly is Director of Market Development and Deputy Managing Director at the WLPGA. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the George Washington University in Washington DC. He brings a multi-cultural touch to his role because of his experience working throughout the world. Michael spent 5 years working for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), an organisation which is the voice of world business, championing the global economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity. He was responsible for the energy and environment policy portfolio and led business delegations in UN level negotiations on topics in this area. Before the ICC, Michael Kelly has lived and worked in the UK, Sweden, China, Japan, Italy and the US. Living in so many different countries provides him with an understanding of different cultures and ways of working. Michael’s role is to look for new opportunities for LPG, both in the developing world and in more mature markets. He acts as the interface between the industry, development agencies, intra governmental bodies, such as the UN and the NGO community.


Michael Kelly

Deputy Managing Director
and Director of Market Development

Twitter: @MKellyLPG


Nikos Xydas

Technical Director

Twitter: @NikosXydas

Mr. Nikos Xydas joined WLPGA as Technical Director in September 2011. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow/Scotland. His main professional background is from Shell, in Technical, Operations and HSE positions, the largest majority in international roles with Shell Gas (LPG) and Shell Global Lubricants. Earlier he was with ABB in Switzerland and also in Greece. He has a double French/Greek nationality and his permanent residence is in Paris. He speaks English, French, German and Greek. The width of his international roles in Shell in charge of large numbers /zones of countries provided him with a good mix of competences and experiences and not only in the Technical, Operations or HSE which are his main expertise areas. Outside these, he spent some years in developing and managing the network of the Shell Select outlets in Greece (mostly food retailing) and in roles as Communications mgr. Most recently, in Shell Lubricants he held the roles of Global Strategy/Planning mgr, Global Communications mgr, Global Assurance/Audit mgr and Global Performance mgr. in HSSE.

Ms Alison Abbott joined the WLPGA in October 2010. She is responsible for both the communications initiatives of the WLPGA to its members and stakeholders and also for the global rollout of the Exceptional Energy brand. Having previously held similar positions within telecommunications and software companies both in France and the UK, Alison joined the WLPGA with a wealth of experience in global communications and international brand marketing. Alison also manages the Women In LPG Global Network (WINLPG).

Alison Abbott

Marketing & Communications Director


Esther Assous

Events Director

Twitter: @DutchSweetie

Ms. Esther Assous joined the WLPGA team in October 2007. She is responsible for the management of the annual World Forum events and the European Association Congress. She is a multi-lingual Dutch citizen speaking both English and French fluently. Ms. Esther Assous joins WLPGA with 12 years experience in marketing and communications. She has a varied background having worked as office manager for the French Chiropractic Association, for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Luxemburg and as Communications and Marketing Assistant for Schlumberger in Paris. She has a Masters Degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor in marketing.
Ms. Laurence Poret graduated in languages (English and Spanish) at La Sorbonne. She spent more than 20 years with the Paris subsidiary of an American Human Resources consulting firm in various jobs. She specialised in company opinion and compensation surveys. She contributed to the organisation of several large seminars involving top executives for client companies. She joined the WLPGA in 2005. She is in charge of all administrative matters including accounting, personnel, suppliers, website and organization. She is also responsible for the relations with members.

Laurence Poret

Office Manager and
Member Relations Manager

Camille Pieron

Communications Coordinator

Camille joined the WLPGA in April 2011. She has a Master’s degree in Negotiation and International Business and specialized in Marketing and Communication. She cooperated to several profesionnal Events and Public relations missions in various companies. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

Cécile joined both the WLPGA and the AEGPL team in 2016 as Autogas Manager. Cécile has a master degree in European Affairs from the Institute of Political Studies.  She worked for five years at Burson-Marsteller in Public Relations and Public Affairs in Brussels before joining the team. Cécile speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian.

Burson Brussels

Cécile Nourigat

Autogas Manager

Snehadeep Kayet
Communications Intern
Snehadeep Kayet is currently pursuing his masters in Environmental Policy at The Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po, Paris. He did his bachelor in civil engineering, and post that has worked in Nepal, Norway, South Korea and India in diverse organisations like the United Nations, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Fredskorpet, Norway. At Sciences Po, he is part of a projet collectif that works on higher education in Burundi. He lists Model UN as his hobby, and has recently chaired a conference in Turkey.
Faith is a graduate student at The American University of Paris, where she is studying Global Communications with a specialisation in development. She has two and half years of work experience in international development in Burkina Faso and Tamil Nadu, India. Her interests in development are diverse and include sustainable energy, education, health, and development communications. She has a BA from Spelman College in Political Science and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she served as an education development agent for two years in Burkina Faso.
Faith Toran
Communications Intern