Ian Phillips

Chair, SPE Aberdeen Section

Ian Phillips has over 30 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, including 18 years with oil operating companies (Shell, BP, Marathon and Ramco) and 6 years with a major service company (Halliburton).  He worked up from being a reservoir engineer involved in exploration and field development projects to being a Project Director responsible for full field development programmes.

 In 2007 he became a founding Director of CO2DeepStore Limited, one of the first companies specifically seeking to provide the service of CO2 capture, transportation and deep geological storage to alleviate the worst effects of climate change.

 Since September 2014 he has been the Chief Executive of OGIC – the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre – a Scottish government backed research funding agency that is entirely demand-led.  OGIC provides grants to support company-led research and development in Scottish Universities.

Ian is the chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and of the OAA Organising Committee.  He is also Chair of Young Enterprise in Grampian.

He obtained an M.Eng. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University in 1983, and an MBA through the Open University in 1994.  He is also a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute and is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer.  


Colin Black

Managing Director, Carjon-NRG

In a career spanning over 35 years in Oil & Gas, Colin has deployed specialist Slickline, Electric Line, Well Test and Completion equipment in offshore locations around the world, managed operations in high growth completions company Petroleum Engineering Services, developed numerous technology companies (some through to acquisition) and became Vice President OPTIMA, A TETRA Company.

Specialising in Business Development with an extensive global network, Colin has supported companies growth plans by implementing Export, Internationalisation and Diversification strategies and now shares these experiences with high growth SME's supported by Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International and DIT.

He holds an MSc, post grad diploma and SVQ Level 5 in Management from Robert Gordon University . Colin is the co-inventor of several patents and has helped numerous companies develop their own Intellectual Property. A "Distinguished Member" of SPE, he is also a member of The Chartered Management Institute, Energy Institute, Oil & Gas UK and chairs the NASA in Aberdeen "Inspiring the Next Generation" collaborative project.


Jonathan Blair

Executive, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Jonathan is currently an Executive with Baker Hughes, a GE Company – leading their Global Tubular Services group.  During his 25yrs in the Upstream O&G sector, he has held various roles across Drilling, Evaluation, Completions and Recovery; leading teams responsible for Field Operations, Product Management, Engineering and Technical Services, Human Resources and Post Merger Integration.

Through these varied assignments, Jonathan always looks to develop people and organisations through high engagement strategies.  These days, he has a particular fascination with the ongoing Digital Transformation and how this process will transform our workplace and our Industry.

An active member of the SPE since 2006, and currently serving on SPE Pumps & Pipes Conference Committee; Jonathan holds a degree in Geology from The University of Glasgow and a Post-graduate degree in Micropalaeontology from the University of Southampton.


Peter Brand

Subsurface Manager, TAQA

Peter has worked in large and small operators, service companies and consultancies. His career started in 1979 when he joined Schlumberger as a wireline engineer in Kuwait. After his MSc in Petroleum Engineering at Imperial College he joined BP. While mainly a reservoir engineer, he also had a variety of roles that developed his industry knowledge - including business analyst and internal auditor. 15 years later, Peter joined Helix RDS where he led consultancy projects around the world and became Subsurface Manager. Then the opportunity arose to join a small E&P company in The Hague as Technical Manager. Although it was acquired <2 years later, it provided rich experiences from a different perspective on the industry. Peter joined TAQA in 2011. He is a member of TAQA’s global capital investment committee.

Outside work, Peter has been a member of the SPE for 37 years. He has been on the organising committee of DEVEX since 2004, chairing the conference in 2014. He’s an active member of the sail training charity Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. He’s currently campaigning for a final say referendum on the Brexit deal.


Stuart Broadley

Chief Executive, Energy Industries Council (EIC)

Prior to joining EIC in 2016, Stuart enjoyed a successful 25-year career leading global O&M businesses in oil & gas, power and renewables, with Rolls-Royce, Wood, Senvion and Hoerbiger. Stuart also has various non-executive director roles including with the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in UK and the Nuclear Innovation & Research Advisory Board.

  The EIC is the UK’s largest energy supply chain trade association, a not-for-profit with 650 member companies, across oil & gas, power, nuclear and renewable markets that, for 75 years, has helped companies to grow at home and around the world. Their real passion is helping companies to grow internationally – and their members benefits from EIC’s unique suite of CAPEX & OPEX databases, 130 events p.a., industry & government networks, international launchpad offices and extensive market insight.


Andy Brooks

Erskine and Alder Asset Manager, Chevron Upstream Europe

Graduated from Leeds University in 2002 with a Masters in Chemical Engineering and joined BP’s Challenge Graduate Scheme as a Production/Process Engineer later that year. Spent 5 years at BP supporting various assets such as ETAP and Wytch Farm before moving to CNRI as a Production engineer to support their assets in the Ivory Coast. Since 2012 he has worked at Chevron Upstream Europe as The Asset Manager their two Operated HPHT assets In the North Sea, Erskine and Alder. A Chartered Process Engineer with over 15 years’ Industry experience. 


Souhila Chetouane

Account Manager, SMS Oilfield

Souhila is an Account Manager at SMS Oilfield, a sand management consultancy based in Aberdeen specializing in flow assurance studies of reservoirs and asset integrity. 

Souhila holds a postgraduate degree from the Algerian Petroleum Institute in Petroleum Engineering. With over ten years’ experience in the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry. She has started her career working on a wide range of Production Optimisation projects globally within two of the major service companies (Expro Gulf and Schlumberger) as a Senior Reservoir Fluids Analysis Engineer. 

An active member of the sand management network, Oil and Gas UK and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Currently serving on the SPE Aberdeen Programme committee. As a STEM Ambassador, Souhila volunteers her time, enthusiasm and experiences to encourage and inspire young people to progress further in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and careers. 


Janis Corbett

Senior Facilities Engineer, Suncor Energy

Janis is Senior Facilities Engineer at Suncor Energy where she is the Technical Committee partner representative for the Buzzard and Golden Eagle fields and the Development Committee representative for Buzzard Phase II.

She holds a B. Eng degree in Chemical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, a MBA from Edinburgh Business School and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.  After graduating she started her career as a Process Engineer for an international Operator in Aberdeen.  She held a number of posts prior to moving to Perth, Australia as a consultant Development (Facilities) Engineer.  Since returning to Aberdeen she has continued in Development Engineering as Surface Engineering Lead with consultancy assignments and long term secondments to Operators in UK and Norway.

Janis volunteers for the IChemE as lead interviewer in candidate Corporate (Chartered) Membership interviews and is currently the vice-Chair of the SPE Aberdeen Programme Committee.


Steven Cowie

Vice President and UK County Manager, Oceaneering International Ltd

Steven has over 30 years’ experience working within industrial markets. He initially started his career as an electrical engineer before moving to Tyco International as a project manager and laterally as technical manager responsible for design and technical support in the North of Scotland.

Steven joined Oceaneering in January 2008 as a ROV project manager, progressing in various managerial roles before his taking on his current role in 2015. Steven oversees Oceaneering’s regional business units based in the UK, with more than 1,300 employees and a combined annual turnover of $260 million.

Steven has an MBA from Robert Gordon University, currently serves as a board member on the Energies Industries Council and is also a ambassador for the STEM Learning Organisation, supporting young children looking to advance into engineering careers.


Steve Cromar

SPE Aberdeen Section

Steve Cromar Is now retired for Conoco Phillips and working on a voluntary basis for the SPE Aberdeen section. He is a Chartered engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and is on the  ICOTA committee. Steve has worked in the industry for over 40 years and has a number of patents in his name. he was a member of OSPRAG and OGP wells expert committee. Steve remains active in bringing on the next generation of engineers.


Professor Vasily Demyanov

Professor - Spatial Stats, Uncertainty Quantification, GeoDataScience, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Vasily Demyanov has joined Institute of Petroleum Engineering,  Heriot-Watt University in 2003, where he lectures geostatistics and leads industry and OGIC funded research in Geo Data Science and uncertainty quantification for reservoir prediction modelling. He has 25 years of experience in geostatistics and has published over 100 publications. Vasily has published a number books: the most recent one on reservoir modelling and uncertainty with EAGE (2018);  Geostatistics: Theory and Practice (Nauka, 2010, in Russian). Vasily Demyanov is an Associate editor for Computers and Geosciences Elsevier journal and a guest editor for Mathematical Geosciences Springer Journal special issue on Data Science in Geoscience due in 2019. Vasily delivers short courses for EAGE Education Tour 12 and EAGE Education Days and has organised a number of workshops and conference sessions on spatial statistics and machine learning for geoscience applications. Vasily actively contributes to conference programmes and reviewing as member of professional societies and scientific committees – International Association of Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Vasily Demyanov obtained the first degree in physics from Moscow State University (1994) and a PhD in physics and mathematics from Russian Academy of Sciences (1998) with a thesis on radioactive pollution modelling with geostatistics and artificial neural networks. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt in 2003 he worked with the University of St. Andrews (2000-2002) and Nuclear Safety Institute, Moscow (1994-2000).


Alan Dick

Vice President – Industry and Technology, Simmons & Company International

Alan is Vice President, Industry and Technology at Simmons & Company International, where he has worked since 2006. Alan takes a leadership role on M&A transactions where his engineering and sector expertise add value to transaction outcomes. Simmons are the energy specialist of Piper Jaffray Companies (PJC: NYSE) a leading full-service investment bank and asset management firm serving clients in the U.S. and internationally, whose proven advisory teams combine deep product and sector expertise with ready access to global capital.

Prior to Simmons, Alan has over 15 years’ experience in the oil services sector in the well services and subsea sectors, with the likes of Halliburton and Expro, commencing in wireline logging as a field engineer on international operations, through to group wide marketing manager of a major plc. Much of Alan’s experience relates to the development, application and testing of new oilfield technologies, knowledge that underpins his unique role in Simmons and their ability to support clients and high value transactions.

Alan’s immense sector expertise is maintained through strong industry links with a number of trade associations such as SubseaUK and Decom North Sea. He is also actively involved in several professional bodies, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and the International Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA). This level of industry exposure and insight enables Alan to support industry awards, including judging the Offshore Achievement Awards for over 10 years, the annual Subsea Expo Technology Award, the Press & Journal Gold Awards, and has also been a long standing champion and judge for SPE Aberdeen’s Student Bursary Awards.


Dr Nike Folayan (PhD, CEng, MIET)

Chairperson, AFBE-UK, Associate Director WSP

Nike Folayan is Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in Electronics engineering.  An Associate Director and Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within WSP, an engineering consultancy, Nike leads a team of telecommunications engineers on a variety of projects within the transport industry including railways and the highways projects in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa. Nike previously worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mott MacDonald and Harada Limited.

Nike chairs AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation which promotes higher achievement in Engineering and Education amongst people of Ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK. She is a Trustee at the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), on the diversity panels of the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Transport for London Diversity Steering group, Strategic Planning Committee of University of the West of England and engineering industrial panel at the University of Kent. Nike also champions gender diversity in engineering.


Ollie Folayan

Senior Process Engineer and AFBE-UK Scotland Chair

Dr Ollie Folayan is a chartered process engineering consultant with a doctorate in the environmental effects of fuel combustion. He is also a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

 Ollie leads the award-winning AFBE-UK Scotland which set up stall in Aberdeen in November 2011. Ollie graduated with a BEng in Chemical Process Engineering with Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield in 1999 and then earned a Doctorate (PhD) in Fuels and Combustion from University of Leeds in 2002 authoring five international publications in the field of combustion and engineering. Ollie has worked various projects to provide front end engineering design and detailed design in the power generation, refining , LNG production and offshore oil and gas industries. He is an experienced Principal Process Engineer and Combustion specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. Strong engineering professional skilled in Petroleum, Chemical Engineering, EPC, Engineering Design, and Power Generation.

 Ollie has championed successful outreach programmes such as Making Engineering Hot, NextGen (Scotland), Transition and  Real Projects and has co-authored two publications on the influence of role models in the transition from academic study to the workplace and on the sustainability of the engineering profession in the UK. In addition Ollie has also been involved with a number of successful community initiatives through organisations such as Shell. Ollie has chaired a number of AFBE-UK annual seminars featuring key industry leaders and politicians and is a regular speaker at events on varied engineering topics.


Henny Gunawan

Senior Drilling Engineer, Schlumberger D&M

Henny led projects as Senior Drilling Engineer in an Oilfield Services Company. She has been advocating Planning and Executing initiatives with Schlumberger’s Drilling Engineering Centre office in Asia, Africa and Europe areas. Currently, Henny is studying an MSc Financial Management at Aberdeen Business School (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen UK).

Outside of work, Henny is active in Society of Petroleum Engineer (SPE) Aberdeen Chapter in Scotland which promotes activities and partnership among professionals and students within Oil & Gas industry. She had vast experiences with SPE Java Section and SPE Angola in the past. She is involved in Treasury section for 2018 Cultural Event in corporation between The Indonesian Society in Scotland and Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia (The Indonesian Student Association) in Aberdeen. Henny worked and grew actively together within Schlumberger since she was first recruited.


Russ Gilbert

International Project Director, Lloyd's Register

Russ has over 37 years experience in the upstream oil and gas industry with large and small operators in addition to large and small service and consulting companies. Russ’s experience and current consulting role covers the full Exploration and Production (E&P) technical life cycle from exploration to abandonment through effective integration of reservoir, well and facilities disciplines in addition to the full E&P commercial life cycle including asset acquisition and divestment. 

Russ has been an active member of SPE in Aberdeen for over 20 years representing the section as chairman in all of the key committees and was the first Aberdeen Section Chairman to win the SPE President’s Local Section Award for Excellence in 2005. 


John Harris

Energy Director, Elevator UK

A company builder with almost 4 decades of oil & gas industry experience. After 10 years with Schlumberger in leadership positions around the globe, he established Read Well Services in 1990 developing new seismic and cased hole technology. John served as VP of Transocean, directing their drilling and well services and in 1997 was co-founder of the subsurface consultancy RDS. Appointed President of Baker Hughes’ global reservoir group in 2009 and subsequently President of Gaffney, Cline & Associates, the worlds leading reserves auditor.

Since 2016, John has been helping energy businesses and entrepreneurs as a mentor for OGTC and OGIC, as a Chairman and NED of a number of businesses, as a leader for the Grey Matters and TechX+ programmes and a volunteer judge for the SPE OAA.

John is passionate about developing latent potential and encouraging young people in STEM subjects.  He holds a BSc in Engineering Science, is a member of the Robert Gordon’s College development committee, a long-term member of the SPE, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and the Institute of Directors.


Astley Hastings

Worked internationally for Schlumberger for 33 years, starting as a Field Engineer in Wireline and then in Research & Engineering, Marketing and Line Management roles. Retired in 2004 and is now a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen working on the enviromental impact of energy systems and method to reduce greenhouse gas emissons.


Leila Heidari

Senior Reservoir Engineer, Total E&P UK

Leila is a Senior Reservoir Engineer with a background in Electrical Engineering. After performing her PhD on applied mathematics, Geostatistics and History Matching in Ecole des Mines de Paris, Leila joined TOTAL SA as a junior reservoir engineer. Leila's 7 years’ experience with TOTAL at Head Quarters helped her to better comprehend the chain of E&P practices from Exploration and DRO to Green fields’ pre-project studies and to EOR conceptual and experimental studies for mature Brown fields. Currently, Leila is working with Total E&P UK on mature oil and gas fields with the main objective of gaining more insight on operational aspects of delivering oil and gas resources in a safe and cost efficient manner.


Dr Prashant Jadhawar

Lecturer Petroleum Engineering; Deputy Programme Coordinator – MSc Decommissioning, University of Aberdeen

Dr Prashant Jadhawar is lecturer in Petroleum Engineering and Deputy programme coordinator for the MSC programme in Decommissioning at the University of Aberdeen Since September 2017. He holds about 5 years of experience of working in oil industry in Europe (senior reservoir Engineer EOR at Wintershall Holding GmBH, Germany) and India. He is actively educating the university students since 1997 (UK, Australia and India) while adapting innovative techniques in various facets of engineering: Upstream petroleum engineering, pipeline design and engineering, well plugging and abandonment etc. Prashant has blend of industrial experience and academic research in the expertise areas of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) – CO2, chemical, low salinity waterflooding (sandstone and carbonates including fractured systems); enhanced gas recovery (methane hydrate reservoirs along continental margins and permafrost) and flow assurance (wax, hydrate, asphaltene and scale in transportation pipelines). His more than 15 years of professional experience include: establishment of the petroleum engineering programme at the University of Portsmouth while liaising with local oil and gas industry and SPE London section (2011-2014), publication of more than 15 technical papers. 

Prashant is an active SPE member Since 2003 and works in various SPE conference programme committees including the SPE ATW Workshop 2012, International Petroleum Technology conference (IPTC) March 2019, and SPE India Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, April 2019. 


Dr Andrew Jaffrey

Chief Technology Officer, Sentinel Subsea Ltd

Dr. Andrew Jaffrey CEng FIET is Chief Technology Officer at Sentinel Subsea Ltd.  Prior to co-founding Sentinel Subsea, he was Director of Technology & Innovation in a Fortune 500 OEM of oil & gas flow control equipment.  Holding 15 granted patents and with another 24 patents pending, he is also a winner of 2 OTC Spotlight on New Technology awards and a former vice-chair of the SPE Aberdeen section programme committee.  He enjoys using a commercially-driven, holistic approach to developing and delivering pragmatic, cost-effective solutions to problems and opportunities that typically sit at the intersection of the physical and digital world


Heikki Jutila

Technical Director, Phoenix RDS Ltd

Heikki is currently Technical Director of Phoenix RDS Ltd a solutions’ based subsurface consultancy based in Aberdeen. He has extensive experience in Petroleum and Reservoir Engineering gained during his 36 years in the industry. He is currently leading Phoenix RDS’s effort in developing new solutions for improving oil recovery efficiency in collaboration with OGIC and Heriot Watt University. This effort has led to some novel technologies which Phoenix RDS is currently in the process of commercialising. Heikki is a member of the SPE, AIPN, AAPG, PESBG and fellow of the Geological Society of London. He is also an active member of the SPE Europec committee preparing for next year’s meeting in London. Heikki graduated with a MSc in Technology from Helsinki University of Technology in 1982.


Elliot Kinch

Co-Founder / Business Development Director, Sentinel Subsea

With over 20 years in the oil and gas industry, progressing from disciplines in offshore operations, project management to sales and business development predominantly in the arena of well intervention and completion expertise. Elliot took a gap year to enrol in an MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management at the University of Aberdeen. While at University, he became a member of the SPE Aberdeen section becoming an active volunteer and co-chair of the communications committee and latterly co-chair of the school’s career guidance committee. Elliot’s key attributes are those of promoting an industry focus for primary and secondary school pupils, teachers and career advisors to provide skills for life and work, through learning, initiatives and events.  Elliot is a certified STEM Ambassador, Past Chairman of the ICoTA European Chapter and an MSc Advisory board member for the Oil and Gas Enterprise Management Programme at the University of Aberdeen.


Ken Macrae

Senior Completions Engineer, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd

Ken is a Senior Completions Engineer, contracted to Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd. He has a BEng in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Cutting his teeth in the Oil industry in Well Services, Ken worked for two large service companies before focussing on Completions in 2001.

Since then he has been responsible for a wide range of projects globally, such as a Well Integrity review in Australia, Annulus Safety Valve qualification in Azerbaijan, and Multilateral Completions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Most recently Ken has been contracted to Nexen Petroleum UK, where he is responsible for Completions on the Golden Eagle Intelligent Field Development. Generating the conceptual Completion design, and taking it through the planning cycle to installation and operation.

Ken has previously been on the committee for the SPE “In well surveillance and flow control” seminar.


Kenny McAllister

Managing Director, Seal-Tite UK LLC

Kenny leads well integrity business’ interests in Europe, The Middle East and Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde and Master of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of York. He began his career as a Research Scientist and Product Development Project Leader with large chemical multinational. Since then he has spent over 20 years involved in the development and commercialisation of new well and near-well technology. He has been involved in new technology developments in electronic downhole gauges, fibre optic downhole measurement, intelligent completion, multi-phase metering, innovations in software based fiscal metering, completions hardware and well integrity solutions. He is passionate about the science and art of new technology adoption.

He is an active member of the SPE in Aberdeen having chaired the Programme Committee for the last two years and is Vice Chair elect of SPE Aberdeen. 


Stuart McIntosh

Asset Manager, TAQA

Stuart McIntosh is the Asset Manager for the Cormorant Alpha area at TAQA in the UK.  He has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1994 and is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer.

Since 1994, Stuart has gained broad experience of the industry and has held a variety of positions with service companies; Score, Tyco and Wood Group and operating companies; BP and TAQA. 

Stuart has held various roles, including mechanical engineer, offshore maintenance team leader, offshore operations engineer (BP), mechanical technical authority, engineering and technical assurance manager and maintenance manager (TAQA). Throughout his career Stuart has been instrumental in creating, motivating and developing high performing teams.


Mojtaba Moradi

Reservoir Engineer, Tendeka

Dr Mojtaba Moradi is a reservoir engineer at Tendeka with more than five years’ experience. He has reviewed numerous FDPs worldwide and recommended advanced solutions to operators mainly with a focus on using smart wells.

 He received his PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University. His PhD work was focused on the development of new approaches to modelling, evaluating and optimising the performance of smart and fractured wells.

 Prior to Tendeka, he was involved in various projects from unconventional reservoirs to CO2 storage and EOR. He also taught several courses about petroleum and chemical engineering in Iran and the UK and has published more than 18 technical papers.


Bernard Oke Oghenekevwe

Technical/Engineering Manager, Permian Oil and Gas Services Ltd

A graduate of Geology with a Master’s degree in Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Aberdeen UK. Bernard has vast experience in the upstream petroleum sector. Prior to joining Permian Oil and Gas Services Ltd he was a senior Field/Project Engineer for Sand Monitoring Services Ltd Aberdeen where he was responsible for a team of SMS’s engineers that have run several service jobs for major oil producers such as Shell, Centrica, Total, BP, Perenco, Nexen, Talisman and Marathon in their new offshore developments as well as their mature fields.

He has worked in various capacities at different times as a sample catcher, a mud logging geologist, a drilling/completions fluids engineer and a field/sales engineer in sand management and control using acoustic technology.  Bernard oversees the company’s Technical/Engineering department with a resolve to rendering quality services to all clients in the ever growing West-African market.


Ritika Pawar

Senior Calibration Engineer (Metering and Calibration Division), Intertek

Ritika's role at Intertek focuses on the technical aspects of projects and to also provide regular support for equipment calibration both offshore and onshore.

She has a MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering from Robert Gordon University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Instrumentation and Control.

She is an active young professional and is volunteering with SPE since past 8 years. Her SPE journey started at RGU as the Treasurer for student chapter and then got involved with SPE YP’s followed by presently Chairing the Student Development Committee.

She is also a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Ambassador which involve encouraging school kids to get involved in science. 

With her active involvement in SPE, she had received two awards; Young Professional Service Award in year 2015 and SPE Service Award in the year 2017. 


Shamsur Rahman

Senior Wells Engineer, Shell

Shamsur is accountable for driving Well Intervention performance across Europe & Africa. He is equipped with a strong background in the oil / gas sector and has held postings in Europe and Middle-East. Most notable, developing Wells strategic vision, project scope and tender evaluations (both technical and commercial) for Iraq. On top of his normal duties, he mentors younger engineers in professional development. He has great deal of patience, perseverance and can influence from a position of weakness. Outside work, he is involved with “Career Ready”, a charity organising preparing young students for employment and “Society of Petroleum Engineers”, supporting various events and workshops held in Aberdeen. 


Kevin Sarstedt

Business Management System and Process Manager, Petrofac, Plant Asset Management

Over the past 38 years Kevin has enjoyed a rich and rewarding career across the international oil and gas, nuclear and process industries.  In 1980, following his graduation with a B.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Newcastle-upon Tyne he joined the UK Atomic Energy Authority as a development chemist involved in the development of novel process control sensors for the Fast Reactor reprocessing facilities located there.  After leaving in 1985 to pursue other interests he returned in 1989 and held a number of roles.  One role involving him as the primary architect associated with the development of a 100 year decommissioning plan for the establishment.  This being a not inconsiderable tasks as the site included three nuclear reactors, two nuclear fuel reprocessing plants, a fuel fabrication plant, several liquid and solid treatment facilities together with workshops and office buildings.

In 1994 he set up his own management systems consultancy business which he ran for ten years prior to joining the oil and gas industry.  Since 2004, Kevin has held senior management roles in oil and gas service and operating companies alike.  These roles exposing him to many aspects of the industry, from oil spill response, training and development, corporate social responsibility, process plant construction, audit and assurance and asset management.  Two particular highlights over the past fourteen years include two and half years working, in Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, on the Sakhalin 2 Phase II Project and for almost a year as General Director in Uktha, taking a small gas development from post construction to full scale production.

In 2013 Kevin obtained has M.Sc in Petroleum Production Engineering, from RGU.  Last but not least, he’s currently employed as the Business Management System and Process Manager for the Asset Management service line of Petrofac, here in Aberdeen. 


Stephen Sheal

External Relationships Director, Oil & Gas Technology Centre

As External Relationships Director at the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, Stephen is focused on building strong relationships with the Centre’s strategic partners, members and non-member stakeholder communities.  Prior to joining the Technology Centre, Stephen held senior business development and marketing positions within the oil and gas sector and latterly was a Director with an oil and gas focused international executive search firm. He has particular experience of advising a wide range of global companies and organisations including oil and gas operators, international service companies, private equity businesses in various industrial sectors, higher education institutions and economic development. 


Paul Taylor

Paul started his career as a coal miner in South Wales and graduated as a mining engineer in 1980. He then changed careers and became a trainee geophysicist with Tenneco in London and studied geology at Birkbeck College every evening and graduated in 1986. After 10 years of working the North Sea, Paul was attracted to an offer of working as a consultant in Malaysia. Since then he has lived and worked all over the world and has worked on exploration and development projects in many of the globe’s basins, including exploration offshore Cuba and Malvinas Basin (Falkland Islands), most of West Africa and the waterflood project on the Champion Field in Brunei, the development of the giant gas field, Abadi in Indonesia and the Majnoon Field in Iraq.  


Craig Usher

UK Director / R&D, Centraflow

As Co-Founder of WellSet P&A and the R&D Director of Centraflow, Craig is immersed in developing new, innovative technologies within the Oil & Gas field. Craig is named on two granted patents and one pending patent all relating to new downhole technology. Craig graduated from the University of Glasgow in Civil Engineering and has a background in Drilling Engineering with a keen focus on cementing