Board of Directors

Christopher Paul Bake


Christopher Bake is a member of the Executive Committee and the Head of Origination at Vitol. He is also a director of VTTI, an independent energy storage joint venture company with Vitol.

From 2006-2012 Mr. Bake established and ran the Vitol office in Dubai. During this time, he established a partnership with the Oman Oil Company to create Oman Trading International (OTI), a joint venture between the two companies. He also oversaw the acquisition of Fujairah Refinery Company Limited, one of the company’s key assets in the region.

Since joining Vitol in 1995 Mr. Bake has held several global leadership positions and served in Vitol’s offices in Bahrain, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Houston and London. Prior to joining Vitol, Mr. Bake worked for BP and Phibro, in the USA.

Mr. Bake graduated from the University of Texas in 1987 with a BBA in International Business and Marketing.

Keith St.Clair


Mr. St.Clair is Executive Vice President and CFO of Buckeye GP.

Khalid Muslih


Mr. Muslih is Executive Vice President of Buckeye GP and President, Global Marine Terminals.

Mr. Muslih also serves as a director of Buckeye Texas Partners LLC, which owns and operates midstream assets, a condensate splitter and LPG storage complex in Corpus Christi, Texas as well as crude oil and condensate gathering facilities in the Eagle Ford shale.

Javed Ahmed


Javed Ahmed is the Head of Acquisitions and Investments for the Vitol Group, where he is responsible for overseeing Vitol’s investment activity, with an emphasis on midstream and downstream energy infrastructure. Mr. Ahmed is a board member of VTTI, Vivo Energy, and VPI Holding Limited and previously served as a board member of Ventspils Nafta and Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P.

Prior to joining Vitol in 2009, Mr. Ahmed was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and the Head of Acquisitions and Structured Transactions for Morgan Stanley’s Commodities Group (“MSCG”). He also served on the board of Heidmar Holdings LLC and Transmontaigne Partners L.P. Mr. Ahmed was with Morgan Stanley from 1997-2009. Mr. Ahmed holds a degree in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University and a JD/MBA from Harvard University.

Ian Farmer

Independent Director

On 31 October 2014, Ian Farmer was appointed by VTTI MLP Partners B.V., (the sole member of the General Partner), as an independent director to the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board.

Previously, Mr Farmer served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lonmin Plc from 2008 to 2012, having held several positions there including Chief Strategic Officer and Finance Director of Lonmin Platinum. He joined Lonmin Plc in 1986.

Mr Farmer is a past President of the International Platinum Association and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.

Paul Govaart

Independent Director

Paul Govaart is an independent strategy consultant who has served as non-executive director on several companies’ boards including Broströms AB, Dockwise Transport B.V., Flinter Groep B.V. and various Royal Vopak NV entities. From 1970 to 2010 Mr. Govaart worked for Royal Vopak NV, which operates 84 terminals in 31 countries worldwide.

He held various management positions such as member of the Executive Board, President of Asia and Senior Vice President of Strategy Management. He holds degrees in Business Economics and Industrial Engineering from The Hague University.

Thomas Leaver

Independent Director

Thomas Leaver has over 30 years’ experience in international oil trading, including roles in refining, marine terminal operations and marine transportation. Mr. Leaver served as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Mercantile Exchange from 2008 to 2012. Previously, he served as President of TransCanada International Petroleum Ltd. and Managing Director of Neste Oil. He also worked as an external consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc. from 2001 to 2004, and again in 2013 when he advised national and international oil companies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia on best trading practices, asset optimization, feedstock optimization and best risk-management strategies.

He also served as a member of the United Arab Emirates Advisory Council for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Mr. Leaver holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.

Audit committee

At least two independent members of the board of directors of our general partner serve as members of our Audit Committee. This committee assists the board of directors in its oversight of the integrity of our financial statements, as well as our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and corporate policies and controls.

Our Audit Committee has the sole authority to:

  • retain and terminate our independent registered public accounting firm
  • approve all auditing services and related fees and terms
  • pre-approve any non-audit services to be rendered by our independent registered public accounting firm.

The committee is responsible for confirming the independence and objectivity of our accounting firm, and for giving that firm unrestricted access to the committee.

Conflicts committee

At least two members of the board of directors of our general partner serve on our Conflicts Committee. Its role is to review specific matters that may involve conflicts of interest in accordance with the terms of our partnership agreement.

The committee determines if the resolution of the conflict of interest is fair and reasonable to us. Its members may not be officers or employees of our general partner, nor directors, officers or employees of its affiliates. They must also meet the independence and experience standards established by the NYSE and the Exchange Act to serve on an audit committee of a board of directors.

In addition, members of our Conflicts Committee may not own any interest in our general partner, or in us or our subsidiaries, other than common units or awards under our incentive compensation plan.

Any matters approved by the committee in good faith will be deemed to be approved by all of our partners and not a breach by our general partner of any duties it may owe us or our unitholders.