Tina Soliman Hunter
Vice-chair - Membership, Marketing & Communications
In The Spotlight
What career advice would you give your younger self?
Gain as much experience as you can and take every opportunity. It may mean getting up early and doing things you don’t want to do, but any experience is good experience.
What do you think are the benefits of being a member of SPE?
There are three things that are fantastic about being part of SPE: 1) The events. I try to go to them, and don’t always get there, but the slides and the information that comes from them is priceless. I have learnt so much, and without SPE I would not be able to bridge the law-science-engineering divide anywhere near as well. 2) A sense of belonging. This is a network of people who are interested in what I am interested in, and are from all parts – government, industry and academia. I can’t think of any other organisation that brings people together like that. 3) When you come to a new city you instantly have people to connect with by attending chapter events.
Best Achievement so far?
Being skilled enough to be employed at University of Aberdeen, and then gaining my professorship
What did you want to be when you were younger?
A veterinary surgeon. And I would have been if my maths, chemistry and physics skills were up to it!
What are the main career stepping stones you have taken?
Trained as a marine geologist/sedimentologist, but a rig injury meant no more field work. So then became a librarian (Was a bit too noisy for that, and its really boring), so then I went back and did law, and a PhD in law/field development at the University of Bergen, and have worked as an academic for the last 12 years.
Anything you would do differently?
Break less bones. Other than that, I have really loved the diverse background and the changes in career. It has been difficult in starting again, but worth it. I probably should have spent less time as a librarian. 10 years was more than enough.
Who has been your greatest influence?
Probably not a who, but a what? History. If we look back over what we have done, whether it be extracting petroleum, wars, etc, we can usually see that we have done it before, and if we learn, we can avoid the same mistakes. By looking into the history, and the experiences of others, we can learn so much. As for a person – Joseph Stalin. Vicious brute, but amazing that he could set a country on a path of collectivisation, and stick to it, and still have the vast majority of the population (except for the ones in gulags) love you for it .
What’s your idea of perfect retirement?
Bothy in the Highlands, walking the hills, and writing papers about petroleum.
What would your autobiography be called?
‘Don’t jump onto the deck of an oil rig from a helicopter, and other stories of stupidity and disaster’.
What is the best way to motivate others?
Lead by example, give them the confidence to do the job by imparting the necessary skills and information, and support best endeavours.
Your favourite stress-buster?
Walking in the highlands with Hamish my stupid but adorable chocolate Labrador, who is the size of a small pony, yet only the brain capacity of a chicken.
What’s your dream job?
Professor of Law at the University of Aberdeen, travelling the world teaching and researching – living the dream!
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Russia. Next trip is the Trans –Siberian Railway.
What are you reading, listening to or glued to on TV?
Occupied. It is a Norwegian show that is about Norway turning off petroleum because of climate change, and the Russians ‘coming to help’ put it back on stream and staying. Helps me to maintain my Norwegian language skills, and proves how rubbish my Russian is.
If you were a character in a TV series or movie who would you be?
What’s on your bucket list – the things you still want to accomplish?
Professionally, would love to do petroleum engineering. Personally, lots of travel things. Sleep in a monastery, drive the R504 Kolyma Highway (the Road of Bones) from Yakutsk to Magadan in Russia, and also to learn to speak Russian fluently.