Philip Copestake (PhD)
Principal Geologist/Stratigrapher, Director
Petroleum Geoscientist/Stratigrapher with over 30 years of global oil and gas industry experience, with operating companies and in the service sector, in both technical and management capacities.
Petroleum exploration geoscience - Prospect evaluation - Sequence stratigraphy and biostratigraphy - New ventures evaluations and screening.
Previous Employment: IHS | IEDS | BP | Britoil | BNOC | Robertson Research
John Donato (PhD)
Consultant Geophysicist with over 30 years of experience in UK and international oil and gas exploration.
2D/3D seismic interpretation - Evaluation of exploration and producing assets - Potential field data analyst.
Previous Employment: Clyde Petroleum | Goal Petroleum plc | BGS | Texaco
Elle Lashko (MSc)
Geoscientist and Technical Assistant - Data loading and workstation project set-up - GIS support - 2D/3D seismic interpretation.
Particular interests in structural geology and salt tectonics.
Owain Lavis (MSc)
Geoscientist and Technical Assistant; responsibilities include IHS Kingdom™, Petrel™, IC™ & GIS software support, data loading and workstation project set-up. MSc Petroleum Geoscience graduate with Distinction from the University of Manchester, awarded the BP Prize for Best Thesis 2015 (on gas hydrates). Particular interests in frontier exploration, basin analysis and seismic interpretation. Joined Merlin in October 2015.
Fiona Lawrance (BSc)
Business Administration Manager
Company accounts and administration - Geoscience technical assistance - Data loading and workstation project set-up.
Previous Employment: Clyde Petroleum | Hunt United Corp. | Neste Exploration Ltd.
Tony Loy (PhD)
Over 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry as a Consultant Geologist, Stratigrapher and Biostratigrapher. Experience gained in Europe, Africa and South America for both major oil companies and smaller independents, in addition to working as an associate consultant to various consultancy groups.
Previous Employment: A&HML Services | Paltec | Industrial Palynology Unit, University of Sheffield | Exploration Logging
Eleanor Oldham (MSc)
A Consultant Exploration Geophysicist with over 5 years of experience, having a thorough background in a range of geophysical techniques and a specialism in rock physics.
Rock physics and quantitative seismic interpretation - 2D/3D seismic interpretation and mapping.
Andy Sims (PhD)
Chartered Geologist, Director
A Chartered Geologist with over 34 years of experience in exploration, development and production geoscience in UK and international petroleum areas.
Reservoir description, quantification & model building - Petrophysical analysis and volumetric determination - Geoscience application and IT support.
Previous Employment: Clyde Petroleum | Britoil
Bill Wilks (PhD)
Principal Geophysicist, Director
A Geophysicist with over 23 years of broad global experience in exploration and appraisal, with the majority spent with operating oil companies.
Geologically-driven seismic interpretation at all scales - Exploration/appraisal evaluations and portfolio build - Structural interpretation - Play based exploration - Integration of rock property modelling - Integration of non-seismic methods for opportunity de-risking - New ventures evaluations and screening.
Previous Employment: Petroleum Development Oman | Sarawak Shell | Shell UK | Maersk Oil and Gas | BG | Ikoda | Scott Pickford
Tim Wright (PhD)
Consultant Geoscientist specialising in 2D and 3D imaging, structural interpretation and field mapping. Over 7 years of industry experience, plus 5 years of post graduate practical and teaching experience in the field of hydrocarbon exploration.
Structural analysis - Integration of field mapping - Interpretation of 2D/3D seismic data for exploration and prospect characterisation - Portfolio build