Exploration Task Force members

If you are interested in participating in the Exploration Task Force please request a nomination form from oga.correspondence@ogauthority.co.uk

Nick Terell

Nick Terell

Industry Chair

Nick is Managing Director and co-founder of Azinor Catalyst, a Seacrest Capital backed E&P company focused on the UKCS. The company is a UK offshore operator and is focused on high value exploration and selective low risk production and development opportunities. Prior to launching the company in February 2014, he was Exploration Director at US Independent Endeavour Energy. He is also a Director at Oil & Gas UK and past-President of the PESGB.

Nick Richardson

Nick Richardson

OGA co-chair

Nick was appointed in his role at the UK Oil and Gas Authority in mid-2015.  He is responsible for managing the UK's portfolio of offshore E&A licences and prospective resources, as well as regional exploration activities supported by subsurface technical studies and special projects.

He previously held various positions within a number of E&P companies (Shell, Maersk Oil, Dana Petroleum).

Nick holds a Bachelors Degree in Geology from the University of Oxford, a Masters Degree from the University of Edinburgh and a Doctorate from ETH Zürich, Switzerland

 

Jenny Morris

Jenny Morris

Exploration Task Force member

Jenny is currently the Head of Exploration for Chrysaor, leading the UK and Norway Exploration and Appraisal activities.  She has worked in the Oil and Gas industry for over 15 years, joining originally as a sedimentologist and Petroleum Geoscientist for Statoil in 2006, before progressing as Exploration Manager and then Exploration VP for Equinor UK & Ireland. 

Jenny has extensive experience in the UKCS and is keen to promote the industry’s responsible exploration activities in the context of underpinning the vital energy transition to achieve the UK’s Net Zero ambitions.

Jenny holds a Bachelors Degree in Geology and a Petroleum Masters Degree and Doctorate from Imperial College, London.

John Underhill

John Underhill

Exploration Task Force member

John Underhill is Chief Scientist and Professor of Exploration Geoscience at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He has over thirty years’ experience working with the North Sea oil and gas industry. He has spent time working at Shell and undertaken sabbaticals with BP and Norsk Hydro. He is the Academic Director leading the UK Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas, a consortium of 17 Universities sponsored by 8 companies. He populates the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Scotland Energy Future Inquiry and the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)’s Geoenergy Observatories Science Advisory Group (GSAG) overseeing the Research Council’s new centres for research in the subsurface environment

Graham Goffey

Graham Goffey

Exploration Task Force member

Over a 30+ year career in the petroleum industry, Graham has worked for companies including Conoco, LASMO, Paladin and PA Resources. A geoscientist by training, he has broad-ranging experience across the North Sea countries, EAME, Asia/Australasia and has been involved in oil and gas discoveries in the UK, Denmark, Tunisia, Indonesia and Pakistan. He has published on specialist subjects and co-edited Geological Society special publications on stratigraphic traps and fold-thrust belts. He is presently co-editing a large memoir of papers on UK oil and gas fields, is Treasurer of the Geological Society and was chairman of its Petroleum Group from 2008 – 2010. His company, Soliton Resources, was recently awarded its first offshore UK blocks.

Chrysanthe Munn

Chrysanthe Munn

Exploration Task Force Member

Chrysanthe is currently the BP Exploration Manager responsible for access of new exploration opportunities within the North Sea, Greenland and Ireland.  She has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 19 years having joined BP in 2006 as an Exploration Geophysicist in Houston, USA. She is a member of the North Sea Leadership Team and the Russian, Caspian and Europe Exploration Function Leadership Team.  She holds a Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, a M.Sc. & M.Phil. Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, and a B.Sc. Pure and Applied Mathematics.

 

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Email: Chrysanthe.Munn@bp.com

Ben Hillier

Ben Hillier

Exploration Task Force Member

Ben joined Shell in 1992 after a BSc at Southampton and a PhD at Cardiff. He has worked in various frontier/heartland ventures and locations including, the Falklands, Brazil and Gulf of Mexico deep water followed by exploration manager roles for Caspian/Kazakhstan, Russia, Greenland and Italy. He began his current assignment as UK Exploration Manager in 2016 soon after returning to the London office in Canary Wharf which is now headquarters for Shell exploration worldwide. Ben leads the global exploration manager network within Shell and is a member of the OGA Exploration Task Force.

Email: Ben.Hillier@shell.com

Anne-Sophie Cyteval

Anne-Sophie Cyteval

Exploration Task Force member

Anne-Sophie is currently UK Exploration Manager for Spirit Energy. She has worked in the Oil and Gas industry for almost 20 year, mostly in Exploration across the UKCS but also North and West Africa, leading technical teams supporting Exploration and Acquisitions/Divestment. Prior to Spirit Energy, Anne-Sophie held positions at Total E&P and Dana Petroleum. Anne-Sophie holds Msc in Geophysics from the French Petroleum Institute and Msc in Geology from the ENSG, France.

Mohamed Amine Soudani

Mohamed Amine Soudani

Exploration Task Force Member

Amine is currently the North Sea Area Exploration manager in Total heading exploration activity for the UK, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands. He has worked for the Oil and Gas industry for over 16 years. He joined Total as a geophysicist in 2003. His experience is mainly in exploration in different basins worldwide: North Africa, Golf of Guinea, East Africa, Caspian Sea and now North Sea. Amine is also an Excom Member of TEPUK.

Amine holds a and Masters Degree in Electrical engineering and Computer Science and a PhD in geophysics from National Polytechnical Institute of Grenoble, France.

Email: mohamed-amine.soudani@total.com

Graham Turner

Graham Turner

Exploration Task Force Member

Graham is currently the UK Business Development Manager for TGS, responsible for all seismic-related services in the UK. With a strong background in the seismic sector, Graham has focussed on developing projects in the mature market of the North Sea for over 10 years, with 15+ years prior experience in Operations Geophysics, seismic processing and acquisition

Russell Reekie

Russell Reekie

Task Force Member

Russell is a Senior Geoscientist at NEO Energy with 16+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  A geophysicist by background, he has worked in all areas of the asset life cycle across the UKCS (WoS, NNS, CNS and SNS), leading technical teams supporting Exploration, New Field Developments, Producing Assets and Acquisitions/Divestments. Prior to NEO Energy, Russell held positions at Maersk Oil, Dana Petroleum and Verus Petroleum (which became NEO Energy in 2019).

Gillian White

Gillian White

Exploration Task Force Member

Gillian White is Head of Technology Advisory at OGTC and has been part of the solution centre team since October 2019. With over 25 years’ experience of subsurface management and reservoir geological assessment, working exclusively for operators in oil and gas exploration, new field development and mature field management. Gillian has an MSc and a PhD, both in applied sedimentology and is expert in reservoir characterisation, multidisciplinary team leading and subsurface and wells aspects of field development planning.

In her current role Gillian is focused on developing subsurface technology, skills and knowledge from oil and gas to achieve net zero by 2050.

Rod Crawford

Rod Crawford

Exploration Task Force member

Rod is the Technical Director and co-founder of Zennor Petroleum (formerly MPX).  He has spent over 35 years in the oil and gas industry around the world evaluating many different geological environments. As a geophysicist, graduating from UC Cardiff (1981) he concentrated on seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation of both land and marine seismic data.  Since then he has led several multi-disciplinary subsurface teams looking at a diverse range of projects, ranging from exploration, appraisal to development.

At Zennor, Rod and his team have taken advantage of the open data policy within the UK and through proprietary technical workflows has demonstrated a very successful track record in competitive UKCS offshore license rounds and minimised sub-surface risk for the drill bit.

By applying new technologies to old data he led Zennor to Finlaggan through the Dual Azimuth reprocessing of the Finlaggan area seismic data using enhanced velocity analysis and Generalised Radon Transform (“GRT”) algorithms.

Keith Wise

Keith Wise

Exploration Task Force member

Keith Wise is the Operations Manager at OGUK responsible for promoting operational excellence and driving initiatives that align with the Maximising Economic Recovery (MER UK) Strategy and with the industry’s role in delivering a diverse energy mix. Keith is currently spearheading OGUK’s Wells Forum and Exploration Managers Network Group’s work with industry, government and regulators to enhance effectiveness and efficiency across the UKCS basin.

Keith has spent most of his career in the oil and gas industry working in operations, technical and regional management roles in the UK, USA, Africa, and the Middle East.

Colin Percival

Colin Percival

Exploration Task Force member

Colin is Technical Director at Athena Exploration which holds 4 licences in the West of Shetland. He has more than 40 years’ experience, having started his career working offshore before joining BP in 1981. He has worked the UK offshore throughout this time, and been actively involved in all licensing rounds since the 10th.

Colin has a first class degree in geology from Reading University and a Ph.D. in sedimentology from Durham University. He was President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain in 2016. He is a proven oil and gas finder with successes in WOS, NNS, CNS, SNS as well as West Africa and the Netherlands.

John Colleran

John Colleran

Exploration Task Force Member

After starting work for the British Geological Survey, John has spent over 30 years in the petroleum industry, where he has worked for companies including ConocoPhillips, Britannia Operator Ltd,  Paladin, Samson, Maersk Oil and Total. A geologist by training, he has worked as geoscientist, team leader and manager,  predominantly in UK North Sea and USA GOM with offshore shallow and deep water operational experience.  

His most recent position was Director Subsurface, UK for Neptune Energy, until Feb 2021. Looking forward to future activity as a Chartered Geologist.

Owain Tucker

Owain Tucker

Exploration Task Force member

Owain Tucker is the Global Deployment Lead and the Principal Technical Expert in Carbon Storage in Shell. In these roles he variously leads or supports the delivery of CCS projects around the world, and is responsible for storage exploration and appraisal; technical assurance; integration; technology maturation; helping to shape the CCS research agenda; and the development of competences and capacity within Shell.  He worked directly on the maturation of the Goldeneye CO2 store in the UK North Sea for over six years and lead the sequestration team who delivered the storage permit application and Storage development plan.

Owain represents Shell in global taskforces which focus on the development of CCS and low carbon fuels, and co-chairs the SPE group developing a Storage Resource Maturation System, and the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Storage Working Group. He is on the executive committee of the IEA GHG R&D programme, the board of the UKCCSRC, and is a member the ZEP taskforce technology. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University where he lectures in CO2 storage.

In previous roles Owain worked in Shell as a reservoir engineer, economist and eBusiness consultant; and at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. He read Physics and Geophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; and holds a D.Phil in Experimental Solid State Physics from the University of Oxford