1982-89 H.M. Forces (Regular Army / Territorial Army) - Held the Queens Commission
1988-89 Amerada Hess Ltd - London UK- Technical Assistant (Exploration).
Principle benefits gained from this time was the opportunity to watch and learn in a professional and active exploration environment.
1989-91 Bow Valley Petroleum (UK) Ltd - London UK - Contract G & G Staff (Exploration).
Whilst at Bow ValleyI worked on a variety of geological and geophysical projects related to both exploration and development, primarily in the North Sea Greater Brae area. Work relating to UKCS 12th Round of offshore licensing was also conducted.
1991-1997 Murphy Petroleum Limited - London UK- Geophysicist
During my time at Murphy I have worked on a diverse range of projects related primarily to exploration with some exposure to development projects. Duties undertaken have involved work on operated and non operated licenses; UKCS license round evaluations (14tth, 15th & 16th) along with a broad range of farm-in evaluations. The scope of work undertaken covers the full spectrum from initial screening of opportunities to selection of well locations and monitoring and reporting during drilling. Being in a smaller company much of this work has been done with minimal supervision and maximum individual responsibility. During my employment full opportunity has been given to present project work to senior Murphy management, DTI (Government) and partnership technical forums with this aspect of my work being one that I find particularly enjoyable and rewarding. My scope of work encompassed a number of play types and geographic area including; Southern Gas Basin Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic and Cretaceous; Central Graben Jurassic, Cretaceous and Tertiary; West of Britain and Ireland Triassic and Jurassic. Occasional periods have been spent evaluating international opportunities such as northern Spain.
1997 - 1998 Secondment to Murphy Oil Company Limited Calgary Canada- Senior Geophysicist
During my 13 month secondment to Murphy Oil’s Canadian office I was engaged in bringing to bear my UKCS experience in the Canadian East Coast Jeanne D’Arc Basin. Principle responsibilities focused around acreage evaluation for two consecutive land sales. In addition to normal duties a degree of cross training of the local staff was undertaken, primarily through example, in the areas of primary and secondary play types found in the offshore region which were somewhat different to the onshore Western Canadian plays they were more familiar with. Exposure to both a new basin and a differing regulatory regime served only to increase my experience base and general abilities.
1998 - 2001 Murphy Petroleum Limited - London UK- Senior Geophysicist
Returning to Murphy’s UK operations I resumed my previous duties with the addition of a short period in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia working the front end evaluation of recently acquired offshore shallow water acreage.
2001 – 2008 Murphy Oil Company Limited - Calgary Canada – Staff Geophysicist
Returning to Murphy’s Canadian operations on a permanent basis I was involved in a number of Offshore East Coast projects, principally working on Scotian Shelf / Scotian Deep water exploration from the initial generation of ideas, to the selection of final well locations. During this period I have had the opportunity to develop my skills and abilities working in a volume based (VoxelGeo) interpretation environment. The capabilities of these technologies, combined with my natural instincts to always be questioning possibilities in the sub-surface, has revealed in the projects I have worked a high degree of geologic and hydrocarbon potential not seen previously in standard interpretation approaches. In addition to this exploration activity I was also been responsible for the non operated production assets of Hibernia and Terra Nova.
2008 – 2014 Husky Energy - Calgary Canada – Senior Staff Geophysicist
Husky provided the opportunity to continue working on large scale Frontier exploration ‘Big E’ type projects that had become both my area of expertise, as well as my passion. Initially I had the role of Team Lead for the Frontier Group’s NWT project which was focused on conventional play types with a reconnaissance look into unconventional resources. This role encompassed both sub-surface elements as well as broader Team Lead type activities. Upon Husky exiting the NWT conventional plays my role reverted to my already established area of expertise in the realm of Canadian Offshore East Coast projects. Working high profile, non-operated projects I was able to combine my aptitude for detailed 3D seismic mapping of depositional environments with high quality large sub-regional 3D volumes. During this period I was able to interrogate the sub-surface in a level of detail far in excess of what my management considered was possible, and thus was credited with raising the bar as it pertains to what was expected for off shore project evaluations. This recognition culminated in 2012 with an invitation to Husky’s COO reception for high performance individuals with invitees being around the top 1% of the Companies employees. In addition to conducting evaluations on my own projects I became increasingly involved in Peer Assist and Peer Review activities across a numbers of Husky’s exploration arenas, as well as review of farm-in opportunities. A portion of my time was also dedicated to conducting a lecture tour as part of the CSPG’s University Outreach Programme which resulted in very complimentary feed back from some of the participating University Departments. During 2013 Husky participated in two East Coast deep water discoveries, Harpoon and Bay du Nord, with the latter being recognized by Wood Mackenzie as being the global top offshore discovery of the year. Whilst no one individual can legitimately claim to be solely responsible for a discovery in which a large multidisciplinary team was involved, I do take immense pride in knowing that it was my evaluations, insight and the quality presentation of my work that convinced Husky to participate in, and stay with, a costly exploration project that ultimately resulted in success. The year 2014 also saw a second invitation to Husky’s COO reception for high performance individuals, again being recognized as been one of the top 1% of the Companies employees.
2014 –2021 Husky Energy – Exploration Specialist
Moving into what at Husky was the top technical level within the Companies career development and progression framework, I have continued to work on East Coast projects ranging from the regional, down to providing a degree of experienced oversight to appraisal and exploration well locations within the Bay du Nord discovery area. In addition, I have seen my time utilized in the evaluation of numerous Farm-in and lease sale opportunities in a number of variable geologic settings on a global basis.
2021 –Present Available for Consultancy – Exploration Specialist
Following the 2021 merger of Husky Energy and Cenovus Energy the resultant entity's go forward business plan did not involve Frontier Exploration so in common with a number of very capable managers and technical professionals I was released to pursue further opportunities.
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