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Roger Newenham is a Senior Consultant with Osterwald Rathbone & Partners and is based in the London office. He has worked in the downstream oil and chemicals sector for 37 years and applies this extensive experience as an expert in techno-economic, technical, market and commercial aspects of these sectors to guide clients engaged in litigation, in making acquisition and investment decisions, or in developing strategies.
Much of Roger’s work has focused on the integration of refining and petrochemical production, ranging from assessing the benefits of moving refiners “downstream” into petrochemicals, to at the other extreme moving petrochemical producers back “upstream” to use refinery feedstocks. In all cases the key has been differentiation: finding a solution based upon analyses of markets, pricing, technologies, etc., which provides a unique solution for the given circumstance.
Given the global nature of the refining and petrochemical industries Roger’s work has involved assessment of markets, pricing, delivered costs, etc., in all significant geographies. Moreover, he has worked on assignments in all major regions: NAFTA, South America, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Roger studied chemical engineering at university and initially worked as a chemical/process engineer for Courtaulds, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd and then BP. Here he added real-world experience to the theoretical learning from university and achieved charted status as a chemical engineer. As well as practical experience in areas including plant performance assessment, process design & optimisation, safety, risk assessment, HAZOP, etc., this experience also provided insights into world of the processing industries from both an operator’s and an engineering contractor’s perspective.
On leaving BP, Roger became a consultant working for Chem Systems (now Nexant), Jacobs Consultancy and CRA. He briefly returned to industry for an engagement as Director Regional Strategy Competitiveness for SABIC from 2012 to 2015, before returning to consulting in February 2015.
He is a chartered engineer, a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and holds M.A. and M.Eng degrees in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK.