Kenny McAllister – Section Chair
Kenny is the Managing Director of Seal-Tite UK LLC where he leads their 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.
Graham Dallas – Section Vice-chair & Chair Continuing Education
Graham is the Business Development Manager with LOC in Aberdeen. LOC operates in the shipping, oil & gas and renewables sectors, providing loss prevention, loss management and marine and engineering consultancy services. Graham has worked in engineering for nearly 30 years, with the last 24 in energy sectors.
He started his career as a Mechanical Technician Apprentice in a precision engineering firm but quickly transferred to equipment design and subsequently into oil and gas specialising in subsea and surface completion systems design. In 2003 Graham made the move from engineering to sales and business development and has worked for a range of service providers from SME and start-ups to multi-nationals in a variety of areas such as drilling, completions, subsea installation and construction, facilities and decommissioning.
In addition to Section Vice-Chair, Graham is completing his term as the Chair of the Continuing Education committee which organises the technical conference program throughout the year. In addition to the SPE, Graham is an active participant and volunteer with several industry and non-industry bodies past and present such as Decom North Sea, EIC, Step Change in Safety, and AXIS Network. Graham is also a STEM ambassador.
Brenda Wyllie – Director of Strategy
Brenda has been with the OGA since the beginning, in 2015, and is accountable for the Northern North Sea and West of Shetland Area. Before joining the Oil & Gas Authority, Brenda was Production Manager with Oil & Gas UK managing activities associated with PILOT – the government-industry forum, and its board. Brenda focused on the production efficiency element of the agenda, working within industry to steer monthly and annual production assessments, exploring reasons for losses, and finding solutions to address them, with an aim to increase production efficiency from 60 per cent to 80 per cent by 2016.
Prior to joining Oil & Gas UK, Brenda was UK production manager at CNR International where she was accountable for the Ninian field group. Brenda also has experience with floating, production, storage and offloading vessel operations from her time with BP and has international experience of working for Hess in South East Asia. Her offshore experience was gained with Schlumberger when working as a wireline engineer. Brenda’s early experience as an apprentice welder at Halliburton has stood her in good stead working in a predominantly male environment.
Brenda gained a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Stavanger.
Diane Wood – Section Manager
Diane is the SPE Aberdeen Section Manager, an SPE member since 2009, previously being the Secretary to the Board of the Aberdeen Section. She sits on the organising committee for the Offshore Achievement Awards and the Schools Career Guidance committee. With a background in science, a STEM ambassador and a published author of 12 scientific papers, Diane is passionate about encouraging the younger generation to study STEM subjects and join the Oil and Gas Industry. Diane previously worked at the Society of the Chemical Industry for 14 years, as Scotland Coordinator, and in the corporate and membership development team, and as an electron microscopist at the Rowett Research Institute prior to that.
Ian Phillips – Chair Offshore Achievement Awards & Chair Membership Marketing & Communications Committee
Ian 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 CO2capture, transportation and deep geological storage to alleviate the worst effects of climate change. In late 2014 he became 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. In March 2020 he joined Pale Blue Dot Energy as the Project Director for the Acorn low carbon and hydrogen and CCS project planned for the St Fergus gas plant north of Aberdeen – an early Energy Transition project.
He obtained an MEng 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 a Chartered Petroleum Engineer.
Ian has been a Director of the Aberdeen Section of SPE since 1986 and has served as Treasurer, Continuing Education Chairman and as Section Chair for 4 years. Since 2012 he has chaired the Offshore Achievement Awards Committee. Ian has also served as North Sea Regional Director on the SPE International Board and as a Director of SPE Europe Limited. Ian was appointed as the current chair of the section in December 2015.
Tina Hunter – Vice-chair Membership, Marketing and Communications
Professor Tina Hunter is the Director of the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL) and the Professor in Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen. She teaches and researches in the area of petroleum law, resources law in the Arctic and shale gas law. She has undertaken teaching, research and consultancies in numerous countries including the UK, Australia, Norway, Canada, Iceland, Greece, Finland, Russia, the USA and the Philippines. She has academic qualifications in marine sediments, geology, political science, and information science. She received her PhD from the University of Bergen, and has been a visiting scholar a number of European, Australian and North American universities.
Her expertise in regulating of petroleum activities has been sought by many governments to undertake such activities as analysing petroleum laws, drafting legislation and advising governments, industry groups and NGO’s worldwide. Professor Hunter is a member of the EU’s European Science and Technology Network on Hydrocarbon Extraction, an Editor of OGEL, and Advisor to several bodies.
Steve Cromar – Vice-chair Continuing Education
After completing his apprenticeship in the shipyards of the Clyde, Steve studied mechanical engineering whilst working in Edinburgh. In 1981 Steve joined Vetco Offshore and worked on wellheads, production trees and well tieback systems. Steve worked in the engineering office and offshore, installing the equipment in the field. Steve became supervisor for offshore support and, after a period in the training school as an instructor, he returned to the field to run the first trees West of Shetland on the Foinaven field.
Steve joined Arco British and drilled a series of exploration wells west of Shetland. After moving to Conoco, Steve drilled a number of production wells in the Central North Sea, before moving to production engineering and running completion systems in conventional and HPHT wells. Steve was promoted to Chief Engineer and during this time the Macondo incident occurred. Steve joined the OSPRAG group and was assigned to the Global industry response group (GIRG) and set up the wells expert committee of IOGP. This group made a number of recommendations which have now been accepted and implemented by the industry; OPRAG nationally and IOGP internationally. Steve then moved to a well decommissioning group and initiated the SNS well abandonment project for ConocoPhillips. After taking an early retirement, Steve remains active in the SPE, ISO and IMechE and is working to develop new industry standards and industry collaboration.
Janis Corbett – Chair Programme Committee
Janis is Lead Facilities Engineer at Suncor Energy where she provides overall Facilities Engineering support to Suncor’s UK asset teams with specific focus on leading Facilities Engineering work on the Rosebank development. She is currently Suncor’s Technical Committee partner representative for the Buzzard and Golden Eagle fields.
Janis has worked in oil and gas for over 20 years and started her career as a Process Engineer for an international Operator in Aberdeen, after moving from her native Currie, Edinburgh. She held a number of posts including Safety Engineer and Project Engineer 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, specialising in Appraisal and Concept Select with consultancy assignments and long term secondments to Operators in UK and Norway.
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.
Janis also volunteers for the IChemE as lead interviewer in candidate Corporate (Chartered) Membership interviews and is a member of AXIS.
Terry Charleton – Vice-chair Programme Committee
Terry graduated from the University of Ulster in Belfast in 1985 with a BSc in Geology. Initially working as a Geologist in various locations around Europe, he then progressed to Operations Management with Geoservices. Moving to Aberdeen, he joined Expro in 1995 working initially with the company’s Ecodrill product line, before working in various client account management and business development roles within the European region.
Since 2015 Terry has worked as a Global Account Manager looking after one of Expro’s biggest global clients. This role has involved extensive travel to the US, Ghana, Oman and Azerbaijan and covers all of the products within the Expro portfolio.
He is a member of the SPE and PESGB and is a keen advocate of the continuing education programmes offered by both. He has sat on the SPE Aberdeen programme committee since 2015.
Richard Cooper – Chair Schools Career Guidance Committee
Richard is currently a consultant with TauRx Therapeutics, using his skills in process improvement and quality control to support their work to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to this he worked offshore for BP in decommissioning, and onshore with Bureau Veritas in their projects team. Richard is passionate about tackling the challenges of the future, and loves working in the Energy Industry.
Richard has been an active member of the SPE since 2011. He also sits on the Offshore Europe Inspire Committee and the NASA in Aberdeen Steering Committee, and is a STEM Ambassador.
Richard holds degrees in Mechanical & Offshore Engineering from Robert Gordon University and History from the University of Aberdeen.
Graham Skinner – Vice-chair Schools Career Guidance Committee
Graham is a Chartered Engineer with a Masters in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University. He began his career in drilling and currently regulates Major Accident Hazard during the whole well life cycle for the UK Health and Safety Executive. Graham currently sits on the Energy Institute HPHT steering group and the Oil & Gas UK Well Integrity Working Group.
Graham has supported STEM activities as a STEM ambassador since 2014 joining the SPE Energy4me SCG committee in 2016. Since joining the committee Graham has promoted the value of volunteering within the wider SPE community and worked to quantify and measure the valuable work done by the committee. He developed a STEM learning game based on an offshore production platform that was launched in November 2018 and has been delivered widely around STEM events in Aberdeen city and shire.
Elliot Kinch – Chair Student Development Committee
With over 25 years’ industry experience, Elliot began his career in an engineering apprenticeship, while working for Petroleum Engineering Services. His work encompassed several years offshore in the global oil and gas industry, specialising in well intervention and advanced completion technology, as well as involvement in installation and commissioning projects. Taking a year out in 2011, Elliot completed his masters in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management at the University of Aberdeen, allowing him access to many innovative, global technology companies, which in turn helped develop his career path. Latterly, Elliot was UK Business Development Manager for an international service company, providing technologies from wellbore construction right through to plug and abandonment.
His extensive industry experience has been invaluable in his success as co-chair of the SPE’s Communications and Schools Career Guidance committees for the last eight years. During this time he has led engagement projects with youngsters, teachers and career advisers.
For the past 18 months, Elliot has been at the forefront of evolutionary industry advancements as Sentinel Subsea’s co-founder and business development director. The company deploys innovative patented energy technologies which are ground-breaking in their ability to monitor suspended and abandoned wells.
Rob Lee – Vice-chair Student Development Committee
Rob is the Head of Petrophysics Solutions at Shell, where he has worked for his entire 32 year career in the industry. As Principal Technical Expert for cased hole petrophysics, he’s kept busy throughout the Shell group, providing advice, support, and training courses, on all aspects – increasingly abandonment/decommissioning work – in various corners of the world.
In previous years he has been involved with the Continuing Education committee supporting their Well Abandonment seminars, but his passion for teaching drew him towards the SPE Student Development Committee. There, he enjoys supporting all of the chapters throughout Scotland, whether it’s simple engagement forums, technical presentations, social events or working as a judge on the bursary panel.
Ritika Pawar – Chair Women in Engineering (WIN) Committee
Ritika currently works for Intertek as a Senior Calibration Engineer in the Metering and Calibration department. Her role focuses on the technical aspects of projects which includes researching the requirements for the jobs being carried out all over the world, from Aberdeen to Papua New Guinea. She provides mathematical and statistical analysis of uncertainty budgets for UKAS accreditation and is a UKAS Signatory. She also has experience in undertaking and supervising gas and liquid density transducer calibrations. Ritika also gets involved in the quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) for her workplace and has completed the UK Accreditation Services (UKAS) 17025 Assessor Training.
As chair of the SPE Student Development Committee she works closely with all the student chapters under the remit of Aberdeen Section. She is also a STEM Ambassador and volunteers for the SPE Schools Career Guidance Committee
Souhila Chetouane – Vice-chair WIN Committee
Souhila graduated from the Algerian Petroleum Institute with a Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 2006 and is a Multi-lingual physical fitness enthusiast.
Souhila started her career as a Production Assurance Engineer working on Production Optimisation and Performance Analysis of a 7 fields development project for BP In-Salah. She acquired experience in Production Optimisation of oil and gas assets from working with frontline operational teams in Asia, Middle East, North Africa, North America and Europe and is now settled in Aberdeen over the past decade. She is currently working as a Projects Lead for SMS Ltd, a growing engineering consultancy, focussing on strong project and risk management in assisting operators with Flow Assurance concerns on UK Continental Shelf ageing assets on a advisory role.
As a Science Technology Engineering and Maths Ambassador (STEM), Souhila’s passionate about promoting engineering and stem subjects to young people and is currently collaborating as a mentor with a North East of Scotland Academy to persuade the next generation of boys and girls that engineering is for them and be a positive role model to help them on their path.
Like many women in STEM professions, Souhila is involved in work on Equality and Diversity topics and believes achieving gender balance within STEM and the Energy industry as a whole will have wide reaching benefits for everyone.
Joe Sherratt – Chair Young Professionals
Joe is currently a PhD student at University of Aberdeen researching production simulation methods for enhanced recovery methods from hydraulically fractured formations. Previous work has included the development of simulation tools to study complex hybrid enhanced recovery methods from fractured heavy oil reservoirs. Joe has also worked on industry partnership projects developing bespoke novel software packages for the Oil and Gas Industry. Before starting his PhD Joe gained an MSc in Reservoir Engineering from the University of Aberdeen and a BSc in Geophysics from Imperial College London.
Joe joined the YP Committee in 2017 and has lead the Simplified Series since 2018. In addition to this Joe has presented his work at SPE Conferences such as PETEX and DEVEX. Throughout his tenure as Chair Joe is hoping to strengthen the programme of events held throughout the year while also trying to develop the YP platform as a place for young engineers in Aberdeen to network and have a good time.