Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe: 50 years of learning – a platform for present value and future success.
Bruce Levell is currently a Visiting Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University. Prior to that he spent 34 years working around the world for Royal Dutch Shell in Exploration and Research. He was Chief Scientist for Geology and VP of Global New Ventures in Exploration and later VP for Emerging Technology and Future Energy. Bruce was the 2009 recipient of the Silver Medal of the Petroleum Group of the Geological Society of London.
Mike Bowman retired from BP in March 2011 taking a part-time Professorial Chair in Development & Production Geology at the University of Manchester. He has recently taken up the Chair of the Petroleum Engineering Programme at Texas A&M University, Qatar campus. Mike remains an Honorary Professor at Manchester. In 2012 he was the President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain. At his retirement he was BP’s Functional and Global Head of Geoscience. Mike joined BP as a geologist after completing a PhD and lecturing at the University of Wales. During his 30 years with BP he was involved in a wide range of roles and jobs from specialist geologist to senior leadership with postings to the United States and Aberdeen and extended periods working in Egypt, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. In addition to his academic role, Mike advises and consults for a number of independent oil companies, teaching groups and investors as well as teaching external courses and giving lectures on Geology and the Oil Industry.
Richard Arnold is a Senior Petrophysics Consultant at Baker Hughes Reservoir Development Services, based in Aberdeen. He has over 35 years practical core analysis experience gained working for Core Lab, Corex and Robertson Research, in the North Sea, Europe, the Middle and Far East, Africa and South America. He has supervised analytical labs in the UK, the Netherlands, Venezuela and Peru, working on various reservoir types, from unconventional shale gas to unconsolidated heavy oil sands and HPHT.
Matthew Allen is currently the Appraisal & Pre-Projects Subsurface Team Lead at Dana Petroleum, based in Aberdeen. He has previously held a variety of Exploration positions at Dana Petroleum, Maersk Oil, Shell and Eni working both North Sea and International projects. Particular areas of interest include; the Central North Sea (HPHT), the Southern Gas Basin, Play based Exploration/Portfolio Renewal and Salt tectonics. He has served as a longstanding committee member on the Petroleum Group of the Geological Society, convening conferences and most recently as Communications Officer. Matthew obtained a PhD from Aberystwyth University (1996).
Jen Brzozowska is now Head of Exploration Licence Management in the Exploration & New Ventures Directorate in the newly formed Oil and Gas Authority, which will remain as an Agency of the Department of Energy and Climate Change until sometime in 2016, Jen has been a Geoscientist in the Civil Service for 36 years, mainly overseeing the technical aspects of Licensing Rounds, encouraging exploration on the UKCS through PILOT, and implementing the Fallow process.
Jen previously worked with the BNOC in Glasgow and Robertson Research in Llandudno, having graduated from Chelsea College with a B.Sc. in Geology with Biology followed by an M.Sc. in Micropalaeontology from University College (also part of the University of London). She recently served on the PESGB Council as Secretary, with the responsibility of Chairing the Sub Committee for Investments and Disbursements.
Glen Cayley is Vice President – Technical for Shell’s upstream business in Europe, a role he began in September 2010. He also recently joined the Board of Oil and Gas UK. His previous role was as Royal Dutch Shell’s Chief Petroleum Engineer and Vice President – Development (Front-End Studies) for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia.
Glen joined Shell in 2006 as Vice President – Global Exploration, responsible for appraisal and resource maturation. Prior to this Glen had worked for Exxon for over 25 years. He has played active and leading roles in The Geological Society and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Jon Gluyas is a geologist with 32 years in industry and academia. He began with BP in the North Sea and onshore UK in 1981. Following a period in the independent sector Jon founded Acorn Oil and Gas in 2001 and Fairfield Energy in 2005. Much of Jon’s industrial career was dedicated to field redevelopment, including the first ever redevelopment of an abandoned North Sea Field. He moved to academia in 2009 becoming Head of Department in Earth Sciences at Durham in 2011. His research now includes EOR, CCS and geothermal energy. Jon has attended, spoken at or helped organise all but the first of the PGC Conferences. He has is also a Past President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Earth Science Teachers association as well as serving on the Geological Society Council and being the last Chairman of the British Geological Survey Board.
Eva Halland has held various positions within the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), and was a member of the management team for 17 years. Her responsibilities have ranged from exploration, field development, field production and HSE. Her present position is as Project Manager for for the Norwegian CO2 Storage Atlas and for producing fields in the souther part of the Norwegian North Sea. She also hold the position as Project Manager of FORCE, a co-operating forum for improved oil and gas recovery and improved exploration between oil and gas companies and authorities in Norway. She is educated geologist from University of Bergen, Norway.
Mike Howe is Chief Curator and head of the National Geological Repository at the British Geological Survey (BGS). He has a particular interest in the online digital availability of collections, ranging from high resolution images of core and thin sections to stereo images (anaglyphs) and 3d digital models of fossils. He is also developing techniques for better linking samples to the data they underpin.
Eugene Iwaniw is Director of the Exploration and Reservoir Consultancy group at CGG (Robertson). He has 30 years global experience as a Sedimentologist and Petroleum geologist and has been a member of the Senior Management team at Robertson for 13 years coordinating the proprietary and non-proprietary geology and geophysics teams in the company. He has worked in Robertson since 1985. Prior to that he obtained a PhD in sedimentology and Floral Palaeoecology from the University of Sheffield in 1984 and a BSc in geology from the University of Aston in Birmingham.
Steve Jenkins is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Circle Oil plc, Savannah Petroleum plc and Terrain Energy. He is pursuing UKCS ventures through Groliffe Limited. Previously he was CEO of Nautical Petroleum Plc (“Nautical”), from 2005 to 2012. During this period, he led Nautical through the AIM listing process in 2005, followed by a successful drilling programme in the North Sea, which featured a number of important oil discoveries and appraisals, several fund raising and capital events and, in 2012, the successful sale of Nautical to Cairn Energy.
Prior to this, he was a consultant for Nautical AG/Masefield AG, where he was a founding member of the Nautical AG management team who identified and successfully applied for Kraken block (9/2b) as operator in the UKCS. Between 1992 and 2003, he was Business Development and HSE manager for Nimir Petroleum, a private Saudi Arabian company with extensive production and exploration interests in South America, Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and the Russian Far East. He was Supervisor New Ventures for Ultramar plc from 1985 and has previously worked for Plascom, Floyd Oil and Kerr McGee.
Mr Jenkins holds a BSc Geology from Queens University, Belfast and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. He is Chairman of the Oil and Gas Independents Association.
Clive Johns has over 40 years of experience in E&P with US majors and UK and US independents. His expertise is in new play identification and prospect generation having worked all areas of the North Sea since starting with Mobil in 1973. After 18 successful years with LL&E/Burlington Resources exploring in Algeria he joined GDF Suez E&P UK Ltd, now part of Engie, in 2007 as UK New Ventures Manager with responsibility for coordination of License Rounds. Since retiring from the New Ventures role in June 2014 Clive has a part-time position on the technical validation/peer review team of Engie.
Michael Keaveny is a Business Development Manager in the MultiClient group at PGS, based in the UK. He joined the industry in 1979 (more-or-less) from school, working for GSI as a seismic data processor. He has degrees in Geology (BSc., Kingston 1983), Sedimentology (MSc., Birkbeck 1991) and much more recently an MBA from Henley Business School. His career has taken him through a succession of mergers and takeovers from GSI to HGS, to Western Geophysical and WesternGeco, and along a path from seismic data processing, to interpretation to MultiClient work and data management. After a hiatus, he re-joined the industry with Geotrace, and has now been with PGS for eight years. As well as a function in the PGS MultiClient Group, he is currently working on a global change project involving the management of PGS’s MultiClient data library.
Boris Kostic is currently the Regional Manager for Europe and Africa at Badley Ashton, which he joined in 2004 after obtaining a Ph.D. in Sedimentology from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has 11 years global experience in reservoir characterisation with a focus on paralic systems. In addition to overseeing and developing business activities, Boris also provides technical consultancy, training and quality control.
Andy Leonard has a Ph.D in geology and retired from BP in March 2013. He worked in reservoir description & reservoir management before moving into asset management and other leadership roles. He then spent 10 years in BP’s technology organisation leading global R&D programmes. Since leaving BP he consults on technology and subsurface topics. He has been key to establishing the UK Oil and Gas Technology Leadership Board working for Oil and Gas UK. He also teaches on training courses, has been involved in academic skills working groups for the Royal Society and HEFCE and has been awarded an Honorary Professorship by Aberdeen University.
Robert Leppard, Consultant Clastic Sedimentologist at Leppard Sedimentology, has 38 years of postgraduate and industrial experience gained from working on acreage in the North Sea and internationally, most recently in Vietnam and Thailand. Previous employment was with The Robertson Group Ltd, Trafalgar House Oil & Gas Ltd, and ECL Stratigraphic Services Ltd. He was a member of the Technical Committee for the 6th Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe Conference (2003) and co-editor of the accompanying DVD. He is an honorary member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain.
Dave Lynch is Vice President of Reservoir Development for BP’s North Sea (UK/Norway) business which includes a diverse mix of reservoirs and a portfolio ranging from exploration leads, to late life production and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) developments. He also sits on BP’s global Reservoir Development Leadership team and is on the board of the Scottish Government’s Technology Advisory Group.
He joined BP in 1986 after graduating in Geology from Aberdeen University. He has worked throughout the E&P value chain in BP’s offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, London and Bogotá.
Oonagh Werngren is Oil & Gas UK’s Operations Director. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry Oonagh’s career has taken her from London to Fiji, Anchorage, Paris and finally Aberdeen but she has worked on projects as far afield as Australia, Egypt and North West Europe.
Oonagh is Past President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) whose objective is to promote education in the scientific and technical aspects of petroleum exploration. She also sits on the Board of CDA and she has previously served 3 years on the Board of ITF.
Oonagh graduated with a BSc in Geology, MSc in Stratigraphy and was awarded an MBE in 2011 in recognition of her services to the oil and gas industry.