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The 1st Subsurface Team

We are a team of more than 20 geoscientists and engineers, most with decades of experience working for major operating companies.

Mike Cooper
Managing Director

Subsurface Manager with over 35 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Mike has held senior subsurface roles in Lundin, Centrica, DEO Petroleum, Black Star Petroleum, EnQuest & Maersk. Mike is founder & CEO of Arenite Petroleum Limited, an onshore UK tight gas E&P company. Mike was founder and twice former chairman of the Devex Conference, co-founder of the Prospex conference and is a former director of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB). Mike holds an MSc Petroleum Geochemistry from Newcastle University and a BSc (Hons) Geological Sciences from Leeds University.

Paul Lindop
Associate

Over 30 years experience across a wide range of disciplines, assets and companies - operator and proactive coventurer. Combining technical understanding of subsurface, operational, commercial and infrastructure issues, with asset and senior management experience, Paul delivers a strong amalgam of strategic and operational insight and the ability to balance their priorities, added to skilled multi-stakeholder management. Paul has worked for range of companies from majors to start-ups and variety of company cultures - Total, Hess, Oryx, Kerr-McGee, Maersk, Lundin, EnQuest, Deo, Endeavour, Iona, Faroe Petroleum. Paul holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College and a BEng in Chemical Engineering from Bradford University.

Jeremy Lockett
Associate

Jeremy is the former Global Subsurface Manager at Centrica (now Spirit Energy) and brings a wealth of international experience and knowledge to the 1st Subsurface team. Jeremy is located in South-East England and supports the London-area subscribers to the TROVE databases. Jeremy's encyclopaedic knowledge of many HC provinces is a great bonus to the team.

Sandy Petrie
Associate

Sandy is a petroleum engineer who when you ask around Aberdeen he seems to be well known to many. Sandy has worked for over 30 years for a variety of operators at technical and managerial levels. Sandy is a TROVE enthusiast - "why haven't we had such a tool before?". 

Ben Duncan
Associate

Ben joined the 1st Subsurface team in August 2017 and has been receiving training and gaining experience since then. During this time he has worked as a geologist on their CNS prospects and SNS fields databases as well as the Eastern Mediterranean, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. Ben holds a Masters of Geology (MGeol) from the University of Aberdeen. 

Kinga Wroblewska
Associate

Senior Geophysicist with 18 years of experience in performing regional scale projects and individual field and prospect studies. A highly experienced user of Petrel packages, IHS Kingdom, Hampson Russell- CGG Veritas, Icon RokDoc, Landmark, Dug and OpendTect.
She has successfully lead 2D and 3D seismic structural and stratigraphic interpretation projects; including infill target & prospect generation. Her seismic experience covers Inversion, AVO, 4D seismic interpretation, modelling, depth conversion, reservoir characterisation and uncertainty analysis.

Maurice Bamford
Associate

Exploration & Geoscience Manager / consultant with over 25 years industry experience focused on exploration, appraisal and pre-development activity, predominantly in the North Sea. In the last 10 years, Maurice has held leadership roles in EnQuest and Talisman Energy. He has a strong focus on exploration assurance and portfolio management. Maurice holds a PhD in Sedimentology and Structural Geology from the National University of Ireland, and worked in academia on structural geology and basin analysis prior to joining the industry.

Angela Rooksby
Associate

Geologist with 17 years exploration and field development experience gained within multi-disciplinary teams in operating and technical consultancy environments in the UK, Ireland and Norway. Angela has experience in acreage and prospect evaluations, 3D geocellular modelling, volumetrics and well planning.

Angie has developed the Atlantic Margin database and continues to find useful information from the deepest and least-travelled parts of cyberpace.

Patrick Lynch
Associate

Patrick is a business-focused geoscience information systems professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Having worked for a number of Operators and service companies including Chevron, Sasol, African Petroleum Corporation and IHS he has a broad range of technical and geographical experience.  He holds an MSc in Information Systems Management from the University of Liverpool and an Executive MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan Stearn
Associate

Geophysical Advisor specialising in seismic interpretation, with 20 years of experience working for Shell operating companies around the world, and a further 18 years working for consultancy companies on North Sea and international projects. Project scopes included: field development, exploration, data rooms, asset evaluation, project management, quality management and ICT portfolio management. Jonathan is still very much a “hands on” geophysicist, but has also led subsurface teams and was the Global Discipline Head of Geophysics for Baker Hughes. He holds a PhD in Palaeomagnetism from the University of Liverpool.                                                                                                                 

Matthew Belshaw
Associate

Matthew graduated with an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen in 2017 and joined the 1st Subsurface team in August 2017. Since joining the company, Matthew has worked on North Sea and Atlantic North America databases, he recently started working on the West Africa database and assisted in the development of the company's social media presence and website relaunch.

Martin Forster
Associate

Martin has more than 35 years hands on experience in the oil and gas industry gained initially with Shell and later in various consultant positions. A commercially focused geologist and project coordinator. He has extensive experience of appraisal, development and exploration of oil and gas assets worldwide. Martin has a good track record of adding value through well executed field appraisal and development. He has a broad experience of multidisciplinary data room assessments, asset evaluations, farm-outs and lease rounds. Martin holds a Ph.D. in geology from Durham University.