Drilling down into
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Countdown to Unconventional Gas Aberdeen 2014 - 25 & 26 March 2014 =

2014 Conference Speakers


Dan Byles - MP North Warwickshire  BedworthaltDan Byles MP


Speaker's current job/role/positions: Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire & Bedworth

Biography: Dan Byles is the Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire & Bedworth and has a strong expertise in strategic UK energy policy. He sits on the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and served on the Energy Bill (2013) Committee. He is a Parliamentary advisor to the Green Alliance and he Chairs both the All Party Environment Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Unconventional Oil & Gas. A former soldier Dan was the youngest serving Major in the Army at the age of 27, and he holds two Guinness World Records for crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a wooden rowing boat and for walking to the Magnetic North Pole. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. 



FigueiraaltDuarte Figueira, DECC


Speaker's current job/role/positions: Head of the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil, DECC

Biography: Duarte has a senior managerial background in UK policy, service delivery and regulation in challenging business-facing roles in DECC, UKTI and BIS, with significant experience of international business. Before this, undertook a private sector strategy role in a leading French engineering firm on a one-year secondment from Government. Between 2007-2012 he was responsible for UK policy and development of offshore wind and marine energy (wave and tidal) by addressing financial and non-financial barriers to deployment and supporting the growth of a UK-based supply chain. 



Resized Ken Cronin - Chiec Exec UKOOGaltKen Cronin, UKOOG


Speaker's current job/role/positions: Chief Executive of UKOOG (UK Onshore Operators Group).

Biography: Ken is the Chief Executive of the newly re-launched trade body UKOOG (UK Onshore Operators Group). UKOOG is the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry including exploration, production and storage across both conventional and unconventional sources. The organisation’s objectives are to enhance the profile of the onshore hydrocarbons industry, promote better and more open dialogue with key stakeholders, deliver industry wide initiatives and programmes and to ensure standards in safety, the environment and operations are maintained to the highest possible level.

Ken has more than 20 years’ global experience in media, investor and government relations and has worked in and with many companies across the nuclear, renewables, oil and gas and power sectors. Prior to his role at UKOOG, Ken spent 10 years at worldwide communication agency Kreab Gavin Anderson as Head of Global Energy. 



iain stewart smallaltIain Stewart, Plymouth University


Speaker's current job/role/positions: Professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University.

Biography: Iain Stewart, professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University, is an Earth scientist and broadcaster who specialises in recent geological change. After completing his undergraduate studies in Geography and Geology at Strathclyde University (1986), and a PhD in earthquake geology at Bristol University (1990), he taught Earth Science at Brunel University in west London, before leaving in 2002 to develop television projects on geoscience. Since then he has presented major television series for the BBC on the nature, history and state of the planet, most notably ‘Earth: The Power of the Planet’; ‘Earth: The Climate Wars’; ‘How Earth Made Us’, ‘How To Grow A Planet’; ‘Volcano Live’, and ‘Rise of the Continents’. He regularly fronts BBC Horizon specials on geoscientific topics, such as the Japanese earthquake, the Russian meteor strike, Shale gas/ Fracking, and Florida sinkholes. Some of his most programmes have explored his old ‘backyard’ with ‘Making Scotland's Landscape’ and a celebration of the Scottish pioneers of geology, ‘Men of Rock’. He is currently President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, an Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers and a Patron of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum. In 2013 he was awarded the American Geophysical Union’s Athelstan Spilhaus Award for conveying to the general public the excitement, significance, and beauty of the Earth and space sciences. 



sp-kleinbergaltRobert L. Kleinberg, Schlumberger


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Fellow, Schlumberger

Biography: Robert L. Kleinberg has been employed by Schlumberger since 1980 and is a Schlumberger Fellow, one of about a dozen who hold this rank in a workforce of 120,000. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (B.S. Chemistry, 1971) and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D. Physics, 1978). From 1978 to 1980 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory in Linden, NJ.  At Schlumberger he has worked on geophysical applications of ultrasonics, electrical resistivity, nuclear magnetic resonance, and gravimetry. Recent activities include applied research on heavy oil, gas hydrate, gas shale, tight oil, and oil shale reservoirs.

He advises Schlumberger senior management on long-range planning, and has served on or advised numerous government and academic committees on energy policy. Dr. Kleinberg has authored about 100 academic and professional papers, holds 34 U.S. patents, and is the inventor of several geophysical instruments that have been commercialized on a worldwide basis. 



connie jump resizedaltConnie Jump, Chevron


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Senior Technical Director for Onshore Europe, Chevron


Chevron Senior Technical Director for Onshore Europe, based in Aberdeen Scotland, UK. Previous position as Geologic Advisor on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale exploration and development projects for Chevron in Pittsburgh, PA USA. Licensed and Certified Professional Geologist in the United States.



Andrew Foulds - imagealtAndrew Foulds, Petrafiz Limited


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Consultant Petrophysicist/Geoscientist, Petrafiz Limited

Biography: Andrew Foulds is presently working in the UK as a Consultant Petrophysicist/Geoscientist within his own company Petrafiz Limited, serving the nascent unconventional exploration program in Europe as well as conventional reservoir evaluation. Andrew has over 34 yrs. experience in the oil industry,  previously worked for ExxonMobil in a number staff positions around the world, as well as a consultant in the London office. Prior to this he ran his own petrophysical consultancy for a number of years, as well as staff positions at a number of UK based oil companies, along with a number of service companies. He holds a BSc in Geology from Hull University. Andrew is an active member of SPWLA, SPE and the Geological Society of London, and has held positions on the committee of the London Petrophysical Society, a SPWLA chapter at large, including Treasurer and Editor of the society’s  magazine, DiaLog. He is an active Associate member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, Chaired by Dan Byles MP. 



tom crotty2altTom Crotty, INEOS Group


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Director of INEOS Group 

Biography: Tom is a Director of INEOS with responsibility for Corporate Affairs and Communications and the development of INEOS business in new territories.   Tom is a Board member of CEFIC, past President of the European Petrochemicals Association (EPCA), Vice President of Plastics Europe, Chairman of Cogent, the UK Sector Skills Council for science and sits on the UK’s CBI Climate Change Board. 



dr harry bradburyalt Dr Harry Bradbury, Five-Quarter


Speaker's current job/role/positions: Chairman and CEO of Five-Quarter

Biography: Harry Bradbury is the Founder of Five-Quarter and the company’s Chairman and CEO. His tri-partite background as a scientist (he was a Yale Professor in geology by the age of 29); an entrepreneur (having started up two highly successful technology companies) and as a business consultant (for clients including ten national governments, numerous global corporations and financial institutions such as the World Bank) create an ideal mix for the leadership of Five-Quarter’s pioneering and high-tech vision of energy futures.

Harry first became a leading geoscientist (following Bachelor and Doctorate degrees from Liverpool University), before taking his expertise out into industry, creating a Yale-Harvard-Cornell Foundation in the process and consulting with major petroleum and mining companies. After moving back to the UK, Harry led international and emerging markets teams for two of the world’s largest global management consulting firms (Booz.Allen & Hamilton and AT Kearney), before becoming a Managing Partner with Deloitte. Harry was previously the founder and CEO of two innovation-led technology companies: Chemex, the first environmental analysis group, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange and Intelligent Energy: the multi-award-winning fuel cell technology company spun out of Loughborough University (where he led the ENV project: the creation of the world’s first purpose-built hydrogen fuel cell motorcycle, called ‘one of the most amazing inventions of the year’ by TIME Magazine). 



Malcolm Webb resizedaltMalcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK


Malcolm Webb is the CEO of Oil & Gas UK. A graduate of Liverpool University and a solicitor  by profession, he has extensive senior management experience in both the upstream and downstream oil industry.

Malcolm began his oil industry career with Burmah Oil in 1974, and went on to work in a series of senior roles for the British National Oil Corporation, Charterhouse Petroleum Plc and PetroFina SA.

Immediately prior to joining Oil & Gas UK in February 2004 (when it was called UKOOA), Malcolm spent three years as Director General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, representing the UK oil refining and marketing sector. Since joining Oil & Gas UK he has led the organisation through major change to make it the leading and only trade association open to all companies working in the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

Malcolm Webb is a member of PILOT, the DECC / Oil Industry forum, a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board and a member of the UK Treasury’s Oil Industry Fiscal Forum and of the UK Oil & Gas Industry Council. He is chairman of Common Data Access Limited and a director of the Opito Strategic Limited, the oil industry skills organisation.  In 2012 Malcolm was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Robert Gordon University in recognition of his services to the UK oil and gas industry and in 2013 he received  an award for Significant Achievement from the Society of Petroleum Engineers. 



willie beattie croppedaltWilliam Beattie, EB Scotland Limited


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Managing Director of EB Scotland Limited


William is Managing Director of EB Scotland Limited, a distributive environmental body registered within the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).  He has been involved in the LCF since it’s inception in 1996 and in that time has overseen almost £30M of community funding.

William is a past Chairman of the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund Forum. 



nicolas maulet croppedaltNicolas Maulet, The Law School, Robert Gordon University


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  University law lecturer in Energy Law and Policy, dep. course leader LL.M. in Oil and Gas Law at The Law School, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.


A Scottish and French law graduate (Edinburgh, RGU Aberdeen, Paris I Sorbonne, French solicitor) Nicolas is a lecturer in Energy Law and Policy and Dispute resolution in Oil and Gas contracting. Nicolas has a background as an international lawyer and consultant advising industries in Europe and the Middle East. His research interests include unconventional gas regulation, European and UK energy policies, energy law and dispute resolution in oil and gas contracting.  



david dobelis croppedaltDavid Dobelis, Howden Compressors Ltd


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Business Development Manager, Howden Compressors Ltd.


David has worked with Howden Compressors since 1990, where he has carried out a number of key sales, proposals and technical roles within Howden’s specialist screw compressor businesses, including compressor application and selection, packaging sales and consultancy to Howden’s global network of nominated compressor packaging customers for process gas and refrigeration markets. In 2010, David was promoted to the position of Business Development Manager, where his responsibilities include identifying new markets and increased business opportunities for Howden’s range of high performance twin screw compressors.

David is based at Howden Compressors global ‘centre of excellence’ facility for screw compressor design, manufacturing and test in Scotland, UK.

Howden Compressors is the recognised world pioneer of rotary twin screw compressor technology. Since commercialising the world’s first screw compressor in the 1930’s, Howden has supplied over 35,000 screw compressors throughout the world, which provide highly reliable and efficient gas compression duty in a wide range of applications in the oil and gas, power, petrochemical and industrial refrigeration markets. This application experience and expertise includes the supply of large capacity twin screw compressors to major coal bed methane projects as far back as the 1980’s. 



mark lappin resizedaltMark Lappin, Centrica


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Director of UK/Netherlands Exploration and Subsurface, Centrica Energy Exploration & Production.


Mark has almost 30 years’ experience in upstream oil and gas businesses, working with ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and DART Energy.

Originally a geologist, Mark worked in many basins around the world and from early exploration to mature production in a series of technical and management roles.

In July 2013 Mark moved to Centrica in role of Director of UK/Netherlands Exploration and Subsurface. Previously, Mark acted as Europe General Manager at DART Energy and his tasks including bringing pilot production on-line and progressing development in Scottish licences and continuing exploration programme in UK and Poland. Prior to this, Mark acted as Germany Exploration Manager for ExxonMobil with a portfolio of unconventional gas acreage including CBM and Shale Gas.



davie resizedaltDavie McFarlane, ASCO


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  General Manager for Onshore Drilling Support Services, ASCO.


Davie McFarlane is ASCO’s General Manager for Onshore Drilling Support Services. He joined ASCO in April 2013 to establish and grow the company’s onshore drilling support business in Europe. Prior to joining ASCO Davie worked for Composite Energy’s drilling subsidiary Geometric Drilling as Support Services Manager, delivering support services on over 50 onshore wells across Europe for companies including ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Nexen and EDF. He has extensive experience in rural traffic planning, rig mobilisations and planning challenges faced by onshore operators regarding operating vehicles in sensitive areas.  



uisdeanvassaltUisdean Vass, Bond Dickinson


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Partner, Bond Dickinson


Uisdean is a partner in the Oil & Gas Team based in the Aberdeen office. A graduate of both Edinburgh University Faculty of Law and Louisiana State University Law School, he qualified in Scots Law and Louisiana Law in the mid-eighties.

Uisdean practiced in New Orleans with a major Louisiana law firm for five years and then moved to Venezuela as an associate with Clyde &Co. He arrived in Caracas (1993) as that country`s oil and gas opening (Apertura) began. In 1997 he founded Macleod Dixon`s Caracas office.

After some very successful years in Caracas, he moved to Rio de Janeiro to establish the new Macleod Dixon presence there. In 2003 he returned to Scotland and in 2004 founded the Oil & Gas Unit in Maclay Murray & Spens LLP. In 2013, along with other Aberdeen MMS partners, he joined Bond Dickinson.

Uisdean has had long experience in onshore oil and gas operations, not least (originally) in the USA and, in the last decade, in the UK itself. He advised Composite Energy Limited in its landmark 2006 farmin with BG International on PEDL 133. From this base he has developed a strong interest in all aspects of Unconventional Gas, including deals in Poland. Uisdean has also been active in conventional UK onshore E&P operations.

In 2007, Uisdean won the Scottish Corporate Lawyer of the year award. He is favourably mentioned in both Chambers and Legal 500.

Uisdean is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.  



rob hull smallaltRob Hull, Halliburton


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Manager - Technical Solutions, Halliburton


With over 35 years working directly for and with various E&P operators, technology providers, and consulting groups, Rob has developed expertise in E&P domains, work process improvement, technology deployment, and project management. He has worked in both Unconventional Resources and Mature Fields and serves as a Subject Matter Expert for Halliburton in Mature Fields and applicable technology and processes.

Rob's practical experiences in the fields of geophysics, reservoir engineering, and production optimization has provided him with a keen understanding of the entire E&P value chain and the execution tactics for improving recovery, reserves, and lower operating costs. Rob has maintained a specific focus on the world’s mature fields from field development thru facilities optimization. He has worked in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific in a variety of roles including Project Management, Practice Management, and Business Development. Most recently, he has focused his attention building the global production optimization business specifically in Mature Fields.



julian combeau smallaltJulien Combeau, Willis Group


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Environmental Liability Executive Director, Willis Group


Julien Combeau joined the Willis Environmental Practice in January 2013 and has responsibility for leading the Environmental Insurance Specialty for UK and Europe.
Julien has a wealth of technical expertise developed over in excess of 15 years combined experience within the EHS fields first as a consultant in the energy business, then health & safety and environmental manager with the Alcoa Group before joining insurance as an underwriter.

He spent more than 8 years as environmental underwriting manager with major insurance carriers such as AIG for France and Continental Europe, underwriting and supporting most of the largest environmental liability risk transfer programs across Europe, including implementation of global policies for large energy or manufacturing companies, insurance of pollution legacy risks for property transfers or large infrastructure construction projects.

He most recently advised and facilitated placements of environmental insurance solutions for upstream energy projects in Western Europe.



matt bjorum smallaltMatt Bjorum, Corpro


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Global Product Line Manager, Corpro


Matt Bjorum is the Global Product Line Manager for Corpro’s QuickCapture Services based in Denver, Colorado USA. Since joining Corpro he has specifically focused on the development of QuickCapture technology. QuickCapture is a unique tool designed to give operators a truly accurate description of their reservoirs by capturing in-situ oil and gases within a core. Matt is involved in the research and development of the tool and in promoting industry understanding of the benefits of the tools within wells in all environments. Matt has been involved in rolling out the tool for operators across the globe.

Matt has over 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Before moving to Corpro, Matt spent four years working for Weatherford Laboratories in the role of General Manager and Director of International Business Development, focussing on emerging unconventional markets and specializing in core analysis and well testing services in both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Previous to that, Matt was based in Sheridan, Wyoming working as the General Manager of a well servicing company focusing on completion and production services in the Powder River Basin.

Matt holds a BA in Business Administration from Chadron State College, (Chadron, Nebraska).





marjorie-calderaltMarjorie Calder, The BIG Partnership


Speaker's current job/role/positions:  Director, The BIG Partnership.


Marjorie Calder is a Director of Scotland’s largest and most successful PR and reputation management company, The BIG Partnership and is a non –executive director of environmental charity, the Central Scotland Forest Trust

Marjorie Calder comes from a business and media background, including 7 year stint at The Daily Record. She has occupied a senior, strategic role at The BIG Partnership for the last 10 years, working across sectors and with some of the UK’s leading professional services firms to help companies articulate and communicate their objectives to their stakeholders. An experienced facilitator and media trainer, Marjorie has assisted many major organisations through crisis management and message formulation.

She holds an MA in Psychology from St Andrews University and an MBA from Strathclyde University. She is a member of industry bodies the CIPR, PRCA and sits on the Wets of Scotland management committee for the Institute of Directors.