David Ford

David Ford

Associate Trainer and Consultant

David started working in the City of London in 1987 initially for the London Traded Options Market, a division of the London Stock Exchange, before moving to Wise Speke stockbrokers in 1992. After 5 years broking equity futures and options David moved to the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) in 1997. After leaving the IPE, David set up Ridgeway Energy Consultancy Ltd offering independent energy trading and risk management advice and associated services to the international energy community and has continued to work worldwide.

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At the IPE David was Managing Director of IPE Training Ltd, the training subsidiary of the IPE, establishing it as a worldwide provider of quality energy consulting and related training courses.

David has lectured on energy topics throughout Europe, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Dubai, and USA. In addition to the consulting and training role at the IPE David played a key role in developing and marketing a number of futures and OTC contracts including Brent crude oil, international coal and EU emissions.

David has provided training to various organisations on general energy and energy trading issues including futures and options, price risk management, refining, technical analysis and trading controls.

Clients have included: Intercontinental Exchange (ICE); New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX); LCH.Clearnet; NYSELiffe; GlobalCoal; Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE); China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC); Unipec; Jifeng Petroleum Consulting Ltd; Tianjin Property Rights Exchange; and China National Petroleum Corporaion (CNPC).



David’s consulting assignments have included:

    • Product development advice and marketing services to;
      1. an Asian commodity futures exchange;
      2. the largest independent European clearing house; and
      3. a North American energy exchange.
    • Advising a number of emerging commodity/energy exchanges and OTC markets.
    • Designing an OTC clearing service for the coffee, sugar, cocoa and wheat markets.
    • Designing three futures contracts for the coal markets.
    • Advising a national oil company on price risk management issues.
    • Providing marketing services and market intelligence for an independent energy broker.
    • Management consultancy to an energy training and conference provider specialising in the Russia and FSU markets.