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Petroleum Group Committee

Chair

Caroline Gill

Caroline is a Geologist currently working for Shell in Aberdeen. She has a first class degree in Geology from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she undertook industry-sponsored research on the structural evolution of the Northern North Sea.

In addition to her role on the Petroleum Group Committee, Caroline is very active in the wider Petroleum community. She is a past Aberdeen Director of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and currently sits on the Science Committee of the Geological Society of London. She has presented at a range of major conferences and has published her work in a number of peer reviewed journals.  In addition, she received the Nigel Anstey Award from EAGE in 2013 for her paper in First Break.

Caroline has convened a number of PG meetings including events on Normal Faults and two Janet Watson meetings. She is currently lead convenor of the Maximising Economic Recovery conference and Chair of the Collaboration Showcase at PETEX 2018.

Caroline actively promotes the sciences to schools and the wider public, speaking on a range of topics including the oil and gas industry, her experiences in the industry and her passion: structural Geology.

Treasurer

Jonathan Hull

A geoscientist with twenty years exploration, development and production experience working in large and mid-size independent companies focussed on Africa and Australasia. I am currently Group Reservoir Manager for Ophir Energy, responsible for all subsurface aspects of Ophir’s Asian production base and 1bn boe net of discovered resource in Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania.

I have spent most of my career based out of Australia but returned to the UK in late 2013 and joined the Petroleum Group Committee in 2017. This year I am co-convenor for a workshop titled ‘Interplay of heatflow, subsidence and continental break-up: a case study workshop’ and I am the convenor for the 2019 conference ‘The Petroleum Geology of Mexico and Central America’. I am a graduate of University of Glasgow (BSc), University of Aberdeen (MSc), University of Adelaide (PhD) and University of Western Australia (MBA).

Publications Officer

Lauren Mayhew

Lauren has a BSc in Petroleum Geology from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MSc with distinction from Imperial College London. She began her career with an internship at Schlumberger at the age of 15, going on to complete 6 further internships at various service companies, research groups, international operators and consultancies throughout college and university, before graduating in 2017. After working as a consultant for a year, she moved to her current role as a technical assistant at Cairn Energy, based in Edinburgh.

Communications Officer

Kirstie Wright

Kirstie is a geoscientist with a Master’s degree in geology from the University of Leicester and a PhD from Durham University. She has over 5 years’ industry experience, largely working in development and near-field, infrastructure-led exploration for DONG Energy UK Ltd. She joined the Petroleum Geology Committee in 2017 after presenting at the 2016 Janet Watson Conference, with an aim to encourage young professional engagement. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Shell Centre for Exploration Geoscience at Heriot-Watt University. She is working on convening a one day conference on communication geological science to the public.

Other members

Ivan Fabuel-Perez

Ivan is a Petroleum Geologist with more than 10 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry with ExxonMobil.  He has a BSc in Geology from the University of Zaragoza (Spain), a MsC in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Manchester and a PhD in stratigraphy and geological modelling from the University of Manchester. Ivan has worked in various roles within the upstream, including several exploration projects in different basins in Europe and Africa, production assets in the United States and stratigraphy research projects.

Since 2017, he has been working as the Technical Team Lead for the Cyprus Exploration Licences and the Easter Mediterranean, working within a multifunctional team of geoscientists, drillers and operation geologists.  He has been a Fellow of the Geological Society since 2011 he is also currently an Industry Representative for the British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG).


Ingrid Demaerschalk

She graduated with degree in Geology with distinction from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and an MSc Computing in Earth Sciences with distinction from Keele University in Staffordshire. Ingrid has been a Geological Society Fellow since January 2002.

She worked at Ikoda Ltd for 7 years (Mapping, Petrophysics, Reservoir Modelling) and at BG Group for 10 years, first as an asset geologist (Southern North Sea) and later as Group Technical Authority Reservoir Modelling working on a number of assets (Egypt, India, Trinidad, Norway, Kazakhstan, Coalbed Methane- Australia). In 2014 she moved to Tullow Oil as Reservoir Modelling Advisor supporting all assets, mentoring and coaching graduates, advising on JIP selection, steering and testing digitalisation projects and championing best practices.


John Howell

John Howell has a degree from the University of Cardiff (1988) and a PhD at the University of Birmingham (1992). He spent 10 years at the University of Liverpool as a researcher and junior faculty member working with the Strat Group. He moved to Norway in 2002 and lived in Bergen until 2012. During that time he worked in the Department of Earth Sciences and UniCIPR where he founded the Virtual Outcrop Geology Group. He was also one of the founders of Rocksource ASA an independent Norwegian E&P Company, where he worked in senior management for 6 years. Since 2012 he has been a Professor at the University of Aberdeen.

His current  research focuses on improved use of analogues for understanding reservoirs. In the past 25 years he has worked on outcrops from all over the World with special focus on the western USA. He has supervised over 20 PhD students, published more than a hundred twenty papers and edited 5 books. He currently runs the SAFARI project, a collaboration between University of Aberdeen and Uni Bergen supported by 16 companies. Over the past 15 years he has pioneered the use of Virtual Outcrops, collected using lidar and more recently UAVs (drones), in the geosciences.  He is passionate about outreach in the geosciences. He was a co-host on "The Big Monster Dig", a TV series on geology and palaeontology for C4 and Discovery and more recently “Dangerous Job Interviews” for Discovery flying drones around an active volcano. He has numerous other TV and radio credits as a scientific expert.  


Noah Jaffey

Noah is a geoscientist with 17 years of experience in production geology. After completing a PhD at Edinburgh University in 2001 on the structural and sedimentological evolution of strike-slip zones in SE Turkey, Noah worked as a structural geologist for Midland Valley Exploration in Glasgow for 5 years specialising in structural restoration. During 12 years with Shell, Noah has worked as a production geologist, carbonate geologist and structural geologist in a variety of depositional environments and basins throughout the world. He currently works for Shell in Aberdeen as part of the Integrated Reservoir Modelling Team, helping to mature and develop UK fields.

Noah has been a Fellow since 2005 and has presented at two Petroleum Group conferences. He is lead convener a conference on ‘Exploration and Development of the UK Atlantic Margin’ planned to take place in May 2021. 


Emma Jude

Emma is a geologist currently working applied sedimentology in Exploration for BP. She has an MEarthSci from the University of Oxford (St Anne’s) and an MSci in Petroleum Geoscience from Imperial College London. She has 5+ years’ experience in the industry, primarily working supergiant producing fields in the Middle East. Her areas of specialism are paralic reservoirs, geocellular modelling and image log interpretation for sedimentology.

In joining the committee, she would like to focus on increased engagement from early career geoscientists. She is particularly interested in STEM outreach work for diversity in geoscience, regularly taking part in educational events. She also teaches interdisciplinary sessions linking geology and fine arts for both geologists and the general public. 


Tina Lohr

Tina is a very passionate structural geologist with over fifteen years of experience.

She graduated from Freiberg University in Germany in 2003. She then obtained a PhD from Free University of Berlin, and worked at the Helmholtz Research Centre in Potsdam. She has been working for ERCE since 2008, where she is the Technical Lead for ERCE’s Structural Geology Group. Working for a consultancy enabled her to gain experience in many regions worldwide encountering a vast variety of geological settings, reservoir types and data. She has great experience in seismic interpretation and structural modelling ranging from basin- to reservoir-scale.

Tina has presented her work at numerous conferences and in peer reviewed journals. She is also an editorial board member for Journal of Petroleum Geoscience and reviewer for several journals. In her spare time she enjoys outdoors, sports and exploring historic towns.


David McNamara

David completed his undergraduate in geology in Trinity College Dublin in 2005, and from there went on to complete his PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2009 working on deformation processes of eclogite metamorphic rocks. After finishing his PhD, David took a position as a research scientist and consultant in the Natural Resources Division of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand.

Currently David is engaged with a number of research projects including; exploring slow slip earthquake behaviour at the Hikurangi Subduction Margin, a feasibility study of CCUS (both reservoir and mineral capture) in Ireland, low enthalpy geothermal development in Ireland and Spain, and microanalytical determination of fracture sealing mechanisms in geothermal reservoirs, and ore bodies containing energy critical elements.


Adrian Neal

Adrian is currently a consultant sedimentologist and 'Regional Manager for the Western Hemisphere' at Badley Ashton in Lincolnshire.  His career has been split in roughly equal parts between industry and academia. He has spent the last 10 years working as a clastic sedimentologist for Badley Ashton, specialising in deepwater sedimentary environments. He has provided geological reservoir characterisation and integration services to the oil and gas industry across exploration, appraisal and development, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea and Africa. For 6 years he was Badley Ashton's Americas Regional Business Manager, based in their Houston office. 

He recently returned to the Head Office in the UK to oversee the company's business development in the western hemisphere. An area of particular focus at the current time is unconventional reservoir characterisation. During his time in academia he taught, ran fieldtrips, performed consultancy, published widely on sedimentology and geophysics in peer-reviewed journals and books, and organised conferences. His most cited academic paper is: 'Neal, A. 2004. Ground-penetrating radar and its use in sedimentology: principles, problems and progress. Earth-Science Reviews 66, 261-330'.


Robert Newbould

Rob is a development geologist with 30 years oil industry experience. He holds an MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Earth Sciences from Oxford Polytechnic. Rob started his career working as a wellsite geologist and has subsequently built UK and international experience in operations, exploration, new ventures and field development, initially with LASMO North Sea and then with Petro-Canada. After brief stints with small UK and Central European independents he joined Premier Oil as lead development geologist for the Sea Lion Field with responsibility for reservoir characterisation and development planning. He is currently the Chief Development Geologist at Premier.


Nicholas Pierpoint

Nick is a Chartered Geologist and has 37 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry starting through a conventional route of mudlogging and wellsite geology, followed by 24 years as manager of geological operations at BG Group.

His role within the BG organisation provided opportunities to contribute to successful drilling campaigns in a wide variety of challenging environments, from HPHT in the North Sea to unconventional resources in Queensland, and deep-water frontier exploration in East Africa. Technical aspects which are of interest to him include gas and pore pressure evaluation, and the impact these have on HSSE and meeting technical objectives. More recently he was involved in setting up Integrated Collaborative Environments (Operations Centres) staffed with multi-disciplinary teams supporting drilling operations 24/7 across the globe. Presently he is serving a an SVP for the Geologists' Association.


Edward Prescott

Edward is currently Chief Geophysicist at Impact Oil & Gas in Woking, UK. He has over 15 years of global upstream experience having worked extensively in West and East Africa, Australia, South East Asia and India in a variety of technical roles across the whole upstream value chain. Projects have varied from remote onshore exploration in Africa and Australia to frontier deepwater exploration in South East Asia, Australia and Africa.

Edward has a BSc (Hons) in Geophysics from Durham University and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.


Alex Reid

Alex is a geoscientist with a BSc in geology from the University of Birmingham (2002) and an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Royal Holloway (2006). His industry experience started out with acquiring 3D seismic surveys in the rivers and swamps of the Niger Delta with United Geophysical Nigeria Ltd, before moving on to complete his master’s degree and a move to Norsk Hydro in Oslo, Norway. He has worked on multidisciplinary exploration projects for Hydro/Statoil/Equinor in many countries and basins across the world and has had placements in Oslo, London and most recently Moscow. He is currently working in Equinors UK Exploration team leading projects aimed at helping access quality new acreage and opportunities. He is interested in how new technology can improve the industries exploration efforts as we move into the digital age.


Catherine Tonge

Catherine is a Geology Workflow Advisor currently working for Shell in Aberdeen. She has a degree in Geology from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Cardiff where she undertook research on Middle Eocene Paleoclimate using a variety of techniques including micropaleontology, palynology and isotope geochemistry.

Catherine joined Shell in Aberdeen in 2008 as a Stratigrapher, in 2013 she moved to Miri, Malaysia to work first as a Stratigrapher and then a Production Geologist before returning to Aberdeen in 2015 to take up her current role. This role straddles the interface of Geology and IT and Catherine has a strong interest in integrated reservoir modelling and digitalisation.

Alongside her role in Shell Catherine is passionate about Science Outreach and regularly participates in events such as TechFest and Girls in Energy.


Douglas Watson

Douglas is an exploration geologist with ExxonMobil since 2018. He has a BSc in Earth Science from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen. Douglas also has a PhD from the University of Aberdeen on the characterisation of volcanics in the subsurface, with papers published on studies from the North Atlantic Margin and Southern Australia.


Student Representative

David Redpath

David is currently a PhD student at Imperial College London. His research topic investigates the growth and propagation of extensional fault arrays, with specific interest in relay zone kinematics and their influence on rift physiography and sediment supply.

Join the Committee

The Committee is made up of 20 elected and 3 co-opted members based in the UK and overseas. 

Committee members are expected to actively participate in the Group's activities through the convening of conferences, participation in regular bi-monthly meetings and through other ad hoc activities related to the Group's broad agenda.

Nominations for the 2021 Committee are now open. Nominees should be Fellows of the Geological Society, or in the process of application to become a Fellow.

Please fill out the nomination form and return to Sarah Woodcock via sarah.woodcock@geolsoc.org.uk by Friday 25 September 2020.

2021 Committee nomination form