UKPIA announces new Chief Executive

Elizabeth de Jong will become the new Chief Executive of UKPIA

London, 27/01/2022 – From 13th April 2022, Elizabeth de Jong will become the new Chief Executive of UKPIA – the UK’s leading trade association for the downstream sector. She succeeds Stephen Marcos Jones who has led the association since 2017.

Elizabeth will be joining from Logistics UK, where she has been Director of Policy since 2017 following previous roles at the Rail Delivery Group and the Department for Transport.

Responding to the appointment, Elizabeth de Jong said: “I am delighted to be joining the UKPIA team and our growing membership as its new Chief Executive. Society at large is going through a historic change with the need to deliver new, sustainable ways of working. UKPIA supports the Paris Goals, and our members are already on the path towards Net-Zero. As my predecessor made clear, by working collaboratively with all our members, government, and other sectors, there is a significant and positive role that UKPIA’s members can play in delivering the transformation needed to reach Net-Zero. I look forward to building on the progress already made to encourage a competitive, reliable and ultimately transformed downstream sector.”

Stephen Marcos Jones said “I am confident that Elizabeth will be an excellent leader for UKPIA. The role of the downstream sector is changing and the opportunities and challenges for the sector to be part of the solution to Net-Zero are clear.  I look forward to seeing how UKPIA and the sector will continue to play a central role in delivering a Net-Zero carbon UK economy.”

Darren Cunningham, UKPIA President, general manager of Humber Refinery and Phillips 66 lead executive in the UK said “We are excited for Elizabeth to join us. UKPIA’s members and I look forward to working with her at such a challenging time for the industry. She brings a wealth of highly relevant experience including working with and in government. Elizabeth will lead our collaboration work with policymakers to provide an attractive investment environment. It is vital for us that government offers certainty and the right policy levers if we are to make the energy transition a smooth one.”

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 Notes to Editors:  

  • UKPIA represents eight refining and marketing companies that operate the six major oil refineries in the UK and source over 85% of the transport fuels used. UKPIA members also own around 1,250 of the UK's 8,000+ filling stations in the UK. UKPIA’s associate membership comprises a wide range of companies - from heating fuel supply and LNG imports, renewable and sustainable fuel producers, to terminals and pipelines - all providing a range of essential services across the industry.
  • Stephen Marcos Jones leaves UKPIA on 31st January 2022 to lead The Association for Consultancy and Engineering and The Environmental Industries Commission.
  • Elizabeth de Jong will start on 13th April 2022.
  • In the interim, UKPIA will be led by Dr Andy Roberts, currently Director of Downstream Policy at UKPIA.


  • Jamie Baker, Director of External Relations, +44 (0) 2072 697 605  
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