Peter Dolan, a B.Sc. and PhD geology graduate (University College London-Carbonate sedimentology) , has been involved in international exploration for over 40 years; initially as an employee of Mobil, Ball & Collins (assimilated into Premier Oil) and then as a founder and director of JEBCO Seismic Ltd. He was subsequently a founder and director of Dolan & Associates, IKODA and Fusion Investments Limited; companies which spawned IKON Science, Troy Ikoda, (purchased by RPS plc), Virgo Exploration (now part of EnCore plc) and Fusion Oil & Gas.
Peter is an explorer and geologist. In addition to technical consulting for oil company clients of all sizes, he has advised a large number of financial institutions on mergers and acquisition activities, governments on the development of appropriate legislation as well as co-ordinated multi-disciplinary exploration teams. His geographic experience spans the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Far East. Peter has lived and worked in Canada, Libya, Indonesia and the UK.
After 25 years of consulting, Peter reverted to a role in active exploration and became a foundation shareholder and the Chairman of Fusion Oil & Gas plc. He resigned from Fusion in March 2004 after it was taken over by Sterling Energy plc. He then collaborated with ex-Fusion colleagues to establish a new UK-registered company, Ophir Energy Company Limited which has successfully raised start-up capital and which is building a significant portfolio of assets principally in Africa.
Martyn founded Ikon Science in 2001. He has over 30 years experience in new ventures and technology application in the oil and gas industry, working in International Geoscience and commercial roles for GSI Inc, Candecca Resources plc, Hardy Oil and Gas, Jebco Inc, Acre Oil plc and BG Plc. Prior to IKON Science, he was Managing Director of IKODA Ltd and built the company from a start up to one of the largest independent upstream consulting groups dealing with some of the highest profile upstream deals over the past decade including the North Caspian PSA negotiations and awards to the OKIOC consortium and related deals including a half billion dollar disposal of these assets.
He has a long term interest in the public role of Geoscience and has provided this expertise on the board of a number of Industry R&D "think tanks" such as the Petroleum Science and Technology institute (PSTI) and Centre for Marine and Petroleum Technology (CMPT). He is currently a member of the CeREES Geo-Energy board of Durham University. He has been a founding shareholder or director of a number of oil companies including the Africa focused AIM listed Fusion Oil and Gas plc, Virgo Energy plc a private oil and gas explorer sold to Encore oil plc in 2006 and Ophir Energy Plc.
Martyn earned an Honours degree in Geology from Durham University UK and a post graduate qualification in Geophysics from Queen Mary College University of London. He is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Institute of Petroleum, and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain.
Professor Richard Swarbrick is a world-renowned expert in subsurface pressures. He is active in promoting the understanding of subsurface issues through radio and media appearances and is well known through his publications, standard petroleum exploration text books and global scale studies which have given him a worldwide profile.
After completing a First Class degree in Geology from Durham University UK and a PhD in Sedimentology and Tectonics at the University of Cambridge, Richard spent 10 years in international roles in the UK and Houston for Mobil Oil Inc. In 1989 he began teaching Petroleum Geology at Durham University, where he is still actively involved in research and teaching - leading to his Professorship in 2008. In 1997 he founded GeoPressure Technology, advising E&P companies on how to reduce the risks associated with drilling and assisting with important decisions around well-planning and geopressure petrophysical and geological interpretations. Between 1994 and 2001 he instigated and ran GeoPOP, the GEO sciences Project into OverPressure which was funded by 16 oil and gas companies.
GeoPressure Technology became part of the Ikon Science business in 2006 and Richard continued in the role of its managing director which he had held since its incorporation. He was appointed to the full board of Ikon Science in November 2010 and served until his retirement in October 2013. He is now one of Ikon's Scientific Associates and continues to work with the company as a consultant on a part-time basis.
Steve has over 25 years experience in the oil and gas services and technology development business. He started his career with Western Geophysical, London working on various marine seismic crews. He joined Wimpol (UK) and then Comap in the U.S, involved in various geoscience consulting projects and eventually headed up Comap’s Western hemisphere operations. In 1991 he joined Cogniseis Development Inc, where he spent several years running sales, support and operations. Following the takeover of Cogniseis by Paradigm in 1997, he headed up Paradigm’s Western Hemisphere operation, before leaving to join start-up visualisation technology company, Continuum Resources in Houston.
In 2001 he re-joined Paradigm as Senior Vice President/Managing Director of their EAME division based in London. He was Chief Operating Officer of AIM listed Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping plc from 2007 until 2009. He joined the Ikon team in October 2009 as Vice President Ikon EAME, responsible for developing Ikon’s business in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia/CIS and India. In April 2011, Steve became Ikon’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Ikon’s global operations.
Henry Sallitt is co-head of FF&P Private Equity. He has a long experience both of the direct private equity industry and within a commercial environment.
Prior to joining FF&P Private Equity he was a Director of Quester, one of the largest technology investors in the UK. This followed eight years at AFA Systems plc, a company which he co-founded as a private equity investor in 1995. He joined AFA Systems full-time as CFO/COO in 1996 immediately prior to its IPO. From its foundation, Henry was part of a small team that drove the development of the group, both organically and by acquisition, into a significant supplier of application software to the wholesale banking and investment management industries with over 120 customers in more than twenty countries worldwide. This period included some of the most favourable trading conditions for financial software companies, but also some of the most challenging. His experience reflects the diversity of issues that these two states created. AFA was sold to Microgen plc in September 2004. Henry sits on the board of OKA Direct, OB10 and Ikon Science.
Prior to AFA Systems, Henry spent six years investing in technology companies with Top Technology Limited, managers of the Hambros Advanced Technology Trust family of funds, which is now part of IP Group plc. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse.
William is a Chartered Accountant. Specialising in Financial Services Audit, he started his career with Euro Brokers in 1993, a multinational money broking group, listed in New York on NASDAQ. After joining as Group Financial Controller he was promoted to a number of senior roles including: Group Finance Director and finally as CEO with responsibility for the UK and overseas’ operations in France, Switzerland and Japan. William oversaw a number of corporate restructurings whilst at Euro Brokers undertaken in order to maximise and sustain Euro Brokers’ commercial position during difficult trading conditions for the money broking sector. William joined Ikon Science Limited in May 2012 as Financial Controller – International operations, shortly after promoted to Group Financial Controller. He joined the Board of Ikon Science Limited in November 2013.
William has a MA (Hons) degree in History from the University of Edinburgh and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in London, qualifying in 1990.
Charlie graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Business Economics and Finance before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. She started her career in industry as Financial Controller of ESPN and thoroughly enjoyed working in finance in a commercial setting. In 2008 Charlie took her first role in the oil/technology sector joining Ikon as Group Financial Controller and she is now Deputy Finance Director and Company Secretary.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in the oil industry. He started his career with Clyde Petroleum in 1977, as one of the first employees, and held a number of senior financial roles as the company grew from an unlisted entity with equity of £3 million to its peak with a listed market value in excess of £600 million. In addition to heading the Finance Department, he had a period as Company Secretary, held the posts of Regional Manager for both North and South America and was a Director of the UK, US and Dutch operating businesses.
After a period in the energy group at Chemical Bank he joined Intrepid Energy as Finance Director and Company Secretary in 1996. Intrepid was a private company, funded by US institutions to participate in the UK sector of the North Sea. The company grew from its equity funding of $250 million through acquisitions and its interest in the Buzzard Field discovery, culminating in a successful sales process in 2004/5 which generated over $1.1 billion after tax for its stakeholders.
After over-seeing the wind-up of Intrepid, Andrew ran his own consultancy company with a range of clients in the energy sector requiring assistance on corporate and tax matters. He worked with Ikon for some months before accepting the role of Finance Director in April 2008. He held that position until November 2013 when he retired from his duties as Chief Financial Officer and in now a Non-Executive Director.
A petroleum engineer with 26 years experience in Geophysics, Petrophysics and Reservoir Engineering. The first 13 years were spent with Shell International in The Hague, Nigeria and London, during which time Michael made contributions to the interface between Petrophysics and Geophysics.
In May 1999 he became team leader Petrophysics/Petroacoustics at Ikoda Limited, working on a wide variety of projects. It is during this time that RokDoc - now one of Ikon Science's main products - was started. One of the co-founders of Ikon Science, he is now responsible for the incorporation of latest techniques and developments in the area of rock physics, seismic inversion and (numerical) earth modelling in the Ikon Science software portfolio.
Philip previously worked at TerraSpark Geosciences in Houston, Texas, as VP of Marketing and Product Strategy. Prior to that, Philip spent 10 years at Paradigm Geophysical, working in various roles including VP Marketing, VP Products and VP Technology.
He has contributed papers and articles to many industry publications. Prior assignments in his career include exploration prospect generation at Shell, Product Manager for Charisma at Schlumberger-Geco, Interpretation Systems Expert at Elf Aquitaine (now Total), founder of the Stratimagic product within CGG-Flagship and COO of Enigma Data Systems.
Philip holds a Master of Science in Geophysics and Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Angus McCoss is currently Exploration Director of Tullow Oil plc. He is a geologist with a BP sponsored PhD and, prior to joining Tullow in April 2006 as General Manager Exploration, he had 21 years of wide-ranging exploration experience, working primarily with Shell in Africa, Europe, China, South America and the Middle East.
He held a number of senior positions within Shell including Americas Regional Vice President Exploration and General Manager of Exploration in Nigeria. He is currently a non-executive Director of Ikon Science Limited and a member of the Advisory Board of the industry-backed Energy and Geoscience Institute of the University of Utah.
Denis has over 15 years of expertise in working on various aspects of software commercialisation, ranging from software research and development to project services work, client support, course development, team management, project management and strategic marketing. While working on his PhD in geotechnical engineering more than 20 years ago, he focused extensively on modelling the propagation of uncertainties through engineering designs in order to more efficiently quantify and manage risk. That expertise led over the years to the successful productisation of several state-of-the-art scientific software applications for the oil and gas industry, particularly in the areas of quantitative interpretation and geostatistical reservoir modelling. Denis has published widely in journals and conferences across the globe on topics ranging from case studies to analytical and conceptual discussions.
Denis is now Vice President of Global Development for Ikon where he is excited to bring his skills and experience to lead Ikon software to ever greater heights by listening to clients and delivering the right solutions to overcome their challenges.
David commenced his geological career with honours at Leicester University and subsequently Sheffield University in the UK. Initially employed as a biostratigrapher by Robertson Research, David moved over to the Far East in 1985 and became the regional Managing Director of Roberston's operations in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1988. In 1992 a move to Mincom, Australia's largest software developer saw David head-up the Petroleum Technology Division of Mincom, initially in Asia and subsequently the EAME from 1992 to 1999, developing a business around the company's flagship petrophysical product, GEOLOG. Following the acquisition of GEOLOG by Paradigm, David became Regional Vice President of the Asia Pacific Region for Paradigm and moved the regional HQ to Kuala Lumpur and opened multiple offices in India and Asia, making the Asia Pacific region the largest region within Paradigm. David worked as Asia Pacific Manager for the CSEM/MT acquisition and processing company OHM Surveys in 2007 before moving into the muticlient seismic business as the global head of sales for Searcher Seismic in Perth in 2008. David joined Ikon in the Kuala Lumpur regional HQ as Asia Pacific Vice President in October 2011 and continues to thrive on the challenge of growing Ikon's business in the Asia Pacific region.
Matt spent the first half of his 20-year oilfield career as a completions engineer for Shell International E&P. After completing assignments in The Netherlands, Venezuela, and Oman, he joined Shell’s Applied Well Technologies team in Houston. There he helped to deploy and embed emerging technologies into Shell’s global operating units. After leading a successful project through the company’s Gamechanger® program, Matt transferred into the corporate venture capital group, Shell Technology Ventures. As a Senior Investment Manager, he worked on numerous deal teams and gained valuable small company management and board level experience across sectors as diverse as seismic data processing, flow metering, fibre optic sensing, and nanotechnology.
In 2007, Matt left Shell to join GEODynamics Inc, an STV portfolio company established to commercialize and supply disruptive wellbore perforating technology. After becoming President and CEO in 2009, he grew the company from $15mm to $82mm in just four years. He left GEODynamics in early 2014 to focus on entrepreneurial and consulting endeavours spanning technology transfer, commercialization, and application.
As President of his consulting company, IN2 Oil and Gas, Matt focused on early stage ventures, assisting entrepreneurs and investors in de-risking and accelerating the growth of their businesses. He applied his experience gained in manufacturing, investor relations, and end-user roles to support technology needs assessment, market intelligence, go-to-market strategies, and sales & marketing strategy optimization.
Matt holds a Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London. He holds eight patents and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, including chairing the annual SPE workshop on liquids-rich shale development. He mentors start-up companies at the Surge Accelerator, University of Houston RED Labs, and Rice University Owlspark program, and is active in Houston’s energy entrepreneur community.
Steve commenced his career as a geologist with a brief spell in the oil industry with Core Laboratories in both the North Sea and on shore in Hampshire. Following this he obtained a Masters Degree in Rock Mechanics and Excavation Engineering at the University of Newcastle.
Steve is also a Fellow of the Geological Society and a Chartered Geologist.
Steve then followed a career in the drilling industry spending the next 20 years firstly with Keller Colcrete, then with Exploration Associates and finally with Drilcorp. He was Contracts Manager at Exploration Associates and Drilcorp responsible for all commercial aspects of drilling covering a wide field of geotechnical work. He developed a particular expertise and knowledge in waterwell drilling both for water supply and ground source heating and cooling.
Most recently he was involved in Coal Mine Methane drilling producing gas for small power generators. Steve obtained a IWCF Surface BOP Drilling Supervisor Certificate prior to carrying out this work and to ensure safe working practices were introduced to the drilling programme. Some of these wells are now being used for power generation.
In August 2008, Steve joined GeoPressure as Operations Manager. Now as a member of the SMT his responsibilities will have emphasis on the commercial management of GeoPressure and he will continue to provide input to project based work.
Jerry has over 10 years experience in petroleum geomechanics. After completing a mathematics and computer science degree he undertook an honours degree in geophysics and then a PhD in geomechanics entitled "the determination and application of in situ stresses in petroleum exploration and production". During his PhD research he completed several consulting/research projects which led to further employment with Adelaide University working on additional consulting projects. Jerry is now a managing director of JRS Petroleum Research and is in charge of software development. He has experience in projects as diverse as wellbore stability, image-log interpretation, fracture stimulation, fault reactivation and CO2 sequestration and has worked in Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.
Stephen is responsible for all technical aspects of Ikon GeoPressure globally. He oversees the entire lifecycle of pressure prediction projects and regional pressure studies from concept to completion. He is passionate about pore pressure prediction and as such publishes papers and regularly presents at international conferences. Technically he leads and mentors the GeoPressure team.
Stephen has over 20 years of experience and his background as a petroleum geologist has lead him to work with many types of oilfield data, particularly in the areas of reservoir quality, structural geology with particular reference to geomechanics, fault seal and pore pressure.
After graduating from Leeds University with a BSc in Geological Sciences he started his career working on exploration assignments for Unocal and BP/Amoco before returning to university to undertake an MSc. in Sedimentology at Reading University. His dissertation was the study of the sedimentology and diagenesis of the reservoir interval, Old Red Sandstone Group, Well 206 8-7, Clair Field, offshore Shetland. Following this he worked for service companies on sedimentology/diagenesis in areas such as UKCS including the Atlantic Margin and the Middle East before specialising in areas such as pore pressure and fault seal.
Eamonn started in the oil and gas industry in 1974 after graduating with an Honours degree in Geology from Manchester University. He worked with Exploration Logging in many parts of the world as mudlogger, data - and pore-pressure engineer before moving to Norway in 1984 as MWD engineer. He joined Norsk Hydro's Drilling Sector in 1989, with responsibility for pore pressure work on all of Hydro's exploration and production wells.
In 1998 Eamonn joined Knowledge Systems Inc. as VP for EAME, establishing their regional office in Bergen and supporting all aspects of their business, Drillworks software sales and support, and predrill and real-time monitoring work. Major projects during this time include a review for a global operator of its worldwide geopressure procedures leading to a series of recommendations for process changes, and installing KSI in the first of Saudi Aramco's Real-time Operating Centres, at Dhahran.
After ten years with KSI, Eamonn left to continue with predrill and real-time assignments as an independent consultant and at the same time started development of the TERRA geopressure technology, which is now part of the Ikon Science technology portfolio. Eamonn joined Ikon Science in October 2013 to become VP of their real-time operations.
Jorg is an expert in cross-disciplinary sub-surface workflows, and has made significant contributions to reservoir seismic studies, reservoir geomechanics and rock-physics. He is active in demonstrating the value of solid science and clear communication in sub-surface workflows and is well known through his global EAGE lecture tour on “Seismic Geomechanics”.
After graduating with a Degree in Geophysics from TU Clausthal in Germany and a PhD in Geology and Geophysics from Imperial College London, he spent 10 years with Schlumberger in the UK and the U.S.A. He contributed to Research and Engineering (R&E), and the commercialization of new methods emanating from R&E both in both consulting services and software solutions. His work over this time focussed on various aspects of building, calibration and application of 3D geomechanical models maximising the use of 3D and 4D seismic data and models.
Jorg is now heading the special projects group of Ikon Science. Special projects includes the application of new technology developed by Ikon Science, as well as carrying out integrated projects utilizing existing Ikon Science software and knowledge to create innovative and novel solutions.
Scott Mildren is a geoscientist with 15 years of consulting experience in petroleum geomechanics and image log services. On completion of his PhD he spent time with Z&S (Asia) Ltd performing stress, structural and sedimentological interpretation of image log data. Subsequently, he was among the academic staff at the Australian School of Petroleum researching various geomechanical issues such as fault and cap rock seal integrity, fractured reservoirs, wellbore stability and trap risk before founding his own geomechanics and image log service company, JRS Petroleum Research. JRS was merged with Ikon Science in 2012 and Scott is now a Senior Vice President of Ikon Geomechanics at Ikon Science based in London. Scott is a member of AAPG, ASEG, PESA and SPE.
Kester Waters is a geoscientist with over 10 years’ experience in geology, geophysics and petrophysics.
Since joining Ikon Science in 2004, he has been involved in over 200 interpretation projects spanning many of the world’s oil and gas producing sedimentary basins. During this period, he has been actively involved in both operational and non-operational aspects of exploration and development drilling, determining workflows and techniques for the integration of geological and geophysical data and developing predictive models for drilling risk reduction. Since 2010 he has managed an international team of geoscientists working on a variety of rock physics, inversion and AVO focused projects across the Europe, Africa and Middle Eastern regions and has been a driving force behind the on-going development of Ikon Science’s RokDoc® software platform.
In 2013, Kester became product owner of Ikon Science’s 3D reservoir characterisation software, responsible for its on-going and future development. Kester has an MSci. in Geology from Liverpool University UK and a Masters in Petroleum Geology from The University of Aberdeen UK.
An expert with 30 years of academia and industry experience in the fields of rock physics and seismic reservoir characterisation. He has carried out hundreds of rock physics and inversion projects throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. He has taught and mentored throughout these regions. He has published widely and presented at major conferences for EAGE, SEG, SPE and AAPG.
Mark has expertise in Rock physics, Deterministic and Geostatistical inversion and Seismic Reservoir Characterisation.
Friso Brouwer joined Ikon Science in 2014 to lead the Teddington-based Quantitative Interpretation group, an international team of geoscientists working on a variety of rock physics, inversion and AVO focused projects across the Europe, Africa and Middle Eastern regions. In this position he is responsible for leading the QI group and bridging the team with Ikon’s R&D, software development and software support groups. Before joining Ikon, Friso worked as EVP-Americas and Sr. Geoscientist for dGB Earth Sciences, which he joined in 2002 after completing an MSc in Applied Geophysics at Delft University of Technology.
Friso’s primary areas of expertise are seismic attributes, application of neural networks on seismic data, inversion & reservoir characterization. He has led and contributed to service projects covering a variety of environments, play types and technical objectives, including deep water and unconventional settings, onshore and offshore, and qualitative and quantitative interpretation methods. In addition, Friso has made important contributions in product and workflow development for seismic interpretation software. His scientific focus is to further the integration of geology and geophysics with the aid of advanced and innovative seismic interpretation methods.
Deborah Morgan is a qualified solicitor with over 25 years’ experience. Having obtained her Law degree from Cambridge University, Deborah joined City Law Firm, Slaughter and May, in 1987 where she remained for over seven years, covering a range of specialisms including corporate finance, capital markets and banking law. In 1994, Deborah joined investment bank Barclays de Zoete Wedd to set up the in-house legal team supporting its banking and strategic finance businesses. Following BZW’s partial sale two years later, she became Global Head of Legal (ex US) for the newly created Barclays Capital, and was later promoted to Managing Director. While at BarCap, Deborah was responsible for a team of 38 lawyers and paralegals located in London, Tokyo, Honk Kong, Singapore and Frankfurt providing support for its global capital markets and international finance businesses. After a career break in 2000, she returned to the City in 2008 to assist City clearing house LCH.Clearnet with a special strategic project, as well as advising them on a group-wide IT project. She joined Ikon Science in January 2011 to start up its in-house legal function, which now consists of three city-trained lawyers.
Debra is an HR Generalist with 19 years’ experience gained in a corporate environment. Debra spent more than 20 years with K&L Gates; a City based International Law Firm, where she held the role of HR Manager. She joined Ikon Science in October 2011 as HR Manager, and now heads up the Global HR function. She became a member of the Senior Management Team in late 2013