Meet our Leadership Team
At NARL Refining LP we are more then just a group of individuals, we are a united team. We lead by the example in which we set, we create goals and achieve them. We are a group of hardworking individuals who value the talents and upmost dedication of our employees, customers and the beautiful province in which we call home.
Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Jenke grew up in Germany and is responsible for the entire refinery activities as a whole. Thomas is accountable for guiding NARL’s strategy and keeping the company focused on its goals.
Prior to this role, Thomas worked for Shell in Brunei, Denmark, UK, Italy, The Netherlands, and Germany ranging from refining, LNG, commercial as well as logistics. He joined NARL Refining LP in 2018 and holds a Ph.D. and masters in Chemistry.
He and his wife have two children and keep them active with sports and enjoying the hiking trails in Newfoundland.
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Avery is responsible for the financial services of the business including financial reporting, treasury, taxation, supply chain management, and information technology. Mr. Avery serves on the Board Audit Committee and as well is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Atlantic Group of Companies.
Bruce joined North Atlantic in 1990 as financial accountant and has had various roles within the Finance department including assistant controller and Corporate Controller. His educational background includes Memorial University followed by accounting diploma from College of Trades and Technology. Mr Avery has over 28 years of experience in the oil industry.
Manager - Operations
William Newton is responsible for all refinery operations at the Come by Chance refinery including the terminal and jetty loading facility. As a community steward, our goal is to safely, reliably produce, store and transport our products to our customers at home and aboard.
William brings 30 years of refining experience from Chevron and Western refining. He has had a variety of leadership roles, including sitting on the southwest regional board of the American Red Cross. William is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico university with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
He and his wife, Nila have three grown children that allow them to enjoy the natural beauty of the Newfoundland landscape and culture.
VP - HR & Labor Relations
Gayle is responsible for the Human Resources and Labour Relations function for the refinery in Come By Chance. Gayle has a Business Degree from Memorial University and a professional designation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).
Gayle joined North Atlantic in June 2017 after leading HR functions in health care, education, government aligned departments and the transportation industry. She is a strategic business partner that utilizes HR metrics as the basis for solid decision making with a focus on the future. Gayle identifies a company’s most valuable asset as “its people” and she believes that an engaged workforce is a company’s greatest strategic advantage.
Gayle and her husband have one child, two dogs and two cats and they live in Portugal Cove.
Selma Martin is the Executive Assistant to the Refinery Manager/COO and is responsible for supporting the Senior Leadership Team. From her 18 years here at North Atlantic she has held positions with the Engineering and Human Resources Departments.
After completing her studies at CONA and prior to joining NARL Selma worked closely with medical teams at Eastern Health, Clarenville Medical Arts Clinic and Atlantic Offshore Medical Services.
A native from the great town of Sunnyside Selma enjoys gardening, hiking, spending time with family and volunteering with the Autism Society’s Eastern District and Children’s Wish.
Manager - Maintenance and Reliability
Rod Robbins joined the refinery twenty-two years ago as a millwright.
Rod has held several different roles within the refinery before taking on the role of Maintenance Manager.
Rod and his wife Lisa have 2 boys that keep them busy with sports and academics.
Manager - Business Optimization
Jaydip leads the business optimization team that is a group of process engineering, economics planning, scheduling and offtake and control systems engineering functions. Jay and his team ensure that every barrel of crude that is refined at NARL gets the best value out of it and at the lowest operating cost. Earlier in 2017-2018, Jay has been in roles of Senior Process Engineer and the Planning & Scheduling lead at NARL.
Prior to joining the North Atlantic team in January 2017, Jaydip worked with the Bahrain Petroleum Company in the Middle East for more than six years. In the very beginning of fifteen years of his career in refining industry, Jay was part of the construction, commissioning and start-up team at the Essar Oil, a 405 kbpd refinery on the west coast of India. Jaydip has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Gujarat University, India.
Jaydip, his wife Dhara and their son Dev love Newfoundland culture and enjoy hiking beautiful trails in and around the town of Clarenville where they live.
Manager - Engineering & Capital Projects
Jeff Power is the Manager of Engineering & Capital Projects. In this role he is responsible for managing the department that executes Capital Projects to upgrade and improve the refinery’s operation. Prior this role he worked as a Project Manager with a focus on our tank farm, truck rack and marine terminal.
Before joining North Atlantic in 2015 Jeff worked with the Provincial Government and consulting and construction companies. He graduated from MUN in St. John’s in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been a practicing Professional Engineer since 2013.
Jeff and his wife, Carolyn, have 2 young children.
VP - HSSE
Jamie started his career at North Atlantic Refinery in 1998 as Fire Chief. Since then he has continued his education in the areas of Safety and Risk Management while holding various positions leading to his current role as Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment.
In this capacity he has leadership oversight for Process Safety Management and the Metallurgical, Engineering and Inspection Groups in addition to the traditional HSE functions.
Jamie holds an IFSAC NFPA Level III Firefighter certification through Oklahoma State University and a certificate of Fire Service Leadership from Dalhousie University. He has completed course work leading to a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations.