Following a period in the manufacturing industry, Philip Lowe joined the European Commission in 1973, and held a range of senior posts as Chef de Cabinet and Director in the fields of regional development, agriculture, transport and administration, before becoming Director-General of the Development DG in 1997. From September 2002 he was Director-General of the Competition DG until he took up his current appointment as Director-General of the Energy DG in February
Toni Harvey is the geoscientist at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) responsible for onshore exploration and development. She’s working with the BGS on the geotechnical evaluation of onshore Great Britain, reviews licence applications, well consents, and onshore field development plans (and also is responsible for exploration in the Southern North Sea and Irish Sea). More recently, she has spent more of her time on shale gas and frac induced seismicity, attempting to put as much information as possible in to the public domain, working with industry and academic experts and advising policy colleagues who respond to issues raised - in the media, by ministers and members of the public. Toni’s a graduate of Colorado School of Mines and Birkbeck College, with degrees in Geophysical Engineering and Sedimentology. She started her career in Denver working as a geophysicist for Amoco, identifying plays in the Thrust Belt, offshore California, Alaska, the UKCS and Norway before joining government, the DTI Energy Group, when oil was $10/barrel, 14 year ago.
Eric Vaughan has over 30 years’ experience in the drilling and well service industry. He is a former US and European regional manager for NOWSCO Well Service, where he managed significant onshore oilfield service operations. Following the acquisition of NOWSCO by BJ Services, he established Evergreen Well Services as a flagship model for internal service provision. This provides a seamless vertically integrated drilling and completion service subsidiary into the parent operating company. It is a model operated by Cuadrilla to underpin operational standards and safeguards.
Andrew is one of the founders and the Chief Executive Officer of IGas Energy Plc, previously he specialised in energy projects in the gas, electricity and renewables sector. Andrew has been an Executive Director since 2004 and for the last four years has been CEO with full time responsibility for day to day operations and business development. Prior to joining IGas Andrew has been involved in ventures as principal and has also raised substantial funds from private and public equity for clients during the course of his career to date. Andrew spent 17 years working in investment banking in the City of London with Merrill Lynch, Nomura, Citibank and Barclays Capital. Latterly he was general manager of Creditanstalt Investment Bank in London. He also has six years of management and consultancy experience with clean tech companies including Generics Group and Whitfield Solar.
Dr Nick Riley MBE, C.Geol., FGS has been an international expert on Carboniferous rocks throughout his 32 year career with BGS. His expertise has been deployed in a variety of ways, including surface and subsurface mapping of UK Carboniferous strata, coal, oil & gas exploration & development in the UK and Former Soviet Union, large civil engineering projects, underground radwaste, carbon dioxide and natural gas storage, as well as mineral exploration. In 2003 Nick was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for “Services to UK Geoscience”.
Prior to joining ReachCSG, Graham was a Commercial Manager with Centrica working in Business Development and was heavily involved in increasing Centricaís upstream gas portfolio. Graham established the Centrica Norway operations where he was manager of Centrica Energi. Graham's first experience of CBM was in 1999 when he visited Calgary for the acquisition of Avalanche Energy by Centrica. Prior to Centrica, Graham worked for Hess in the London office in Strategic Planning and in the Petrophysics, Petroleum Engineering and Joint Ventures departments. Graham has an Engineering degree from Cambridge University.
Richard has been active in financial, operational, and managerial capacities in unconventional resource plays across North America since 2004. Richard worked alongside many of the early contributors to and leaders of the unconventional gas and oil technology revolution. He is a frequent presenter at financial and technical conferences on unconventional resource plays in the US, Canada, and Europe. He holds a BSc and MBA and has worked for several US and Canada-based companies over the past 20 years.
David has a diverse background in working with large scale resource projects, with a focus on early stage project identification and financing. David has built and developed more than 10 companies over his career, running both private and publicly listed companies in the resource space. David has been a part of a team that has raised over US$500m in capital for early stage projects over his career. David is currently the Chairman of GOSH, an oil shale holding company that intends to advance an early stage oil shale deposit in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon using proprietary technology.
Thierry Bros was appointed, in October 2010, Senior European Gas and LNG Analyst for SG. Thierry joined Société Générale in 2007, as Senior Financial Analyst, to provide clients with recommendations on listed pan-European gas stocks and in-depth research on gas issues. Thierry covered the gas chain from upstream to downstream with BG Group, Centrica, Enagas, Gas Natural, Gazprom, GDF SUEZ and Snam Rete Gas. Thierry was, from 2002 to 2007, Senior Oil & Gas expert at the French Department of Trade and Industry, where he represented France on oil markets and emergency questions at the International Energy Agency (Paris), the European Commission and the Energy Charter (Brussels). His responsibilities included providing global reviews for top French officials covering oil and gas issues and negotiating European directives. As a gas specialist, Thierry reviewed the regulations governing the opening up and liberalization of the French gas market and supervised the Contingency Gas Plan. Prior to that, Thierry was, for six years, Head of Internal Communication at IFP. Dr. Bros is also a visiting faculty professor at several universities and a speaker at international conferences on gas-related subjects.
Anne Gerd Folden Bakken has 20 years of experience. After 4 years as an engineer in Aker Engineering, she moved into the field where technology meets business and above ground issues in Norsk Hydro (that later became a part of Statoil). Her experience ranges from international business development, commercial and technical manager of gas to liquids (GTL), health safety and environment, gas infrastructure negotiations, and business development related to offshore and onshore facilities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The past 2 years, Anne Gerd has lead the Business Development group pursuing unconventional exploration opportunities in Europe, South Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia for Statoil ASA.
Malone Mitchell 3rd founded Riata Energy, an oil & gas company. In 2006, Riata Energy purchased National Energy Group for $1.5 billion. Soon after, Riata’s SandRidge Energy became the company’s new name. Mr. Mitchell is CEO and Chairman of TransAtlantic. TransAtlantic is engaged in the exploration and development of oil and gas, primarily in Turkey, where it currently produces more than 5,000 boepd. Mr. Mitchell remains active in the oil field service business through Viking Drilling. Mr. Mitchell also owns a significant stake in HWD Drilling, which focuses on drilling horizontal wells.