• G&G Consultancy Team

    Bill Wilks (Ph.D)

    Bill Wilks (PhD)

    Managing Director/Principal Geophysicist

    A Geophysicist with over 33 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


  • Andy Sims (Ph.D)

    Andy Sims (PhD)

    Chartered Geologist, Director

    A Chartered Geologist with over 38 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


  • Philip Copestake (Ph.D)

    Philip Copestake (PhD)

    Principal Geologist/Stratigrapher, Director

    Petroleum Geoscientist/Stratigrapher with over 40 years of global oil and gas industry experience, with operating companies and in the service sector, in both technical and management capacities. Wide experience with projects in N W Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Central Europe. Extensive project management experience.

    Petroleum exploration geoscience - Prospect evaluation - New ventures evaluations and screening. Particular expertise in applied sequence stratigraphy and biostratigraphy. Active researcher with significant publication record.

    Previous Employment: IHS | IEDS | BP | Britoil | BNOC | Robertson Research


  • John Donato (Ph.D)

    John Donato (PhD)

    Principal Geophysicist

    Geophysicist with over 46 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. Active researcher with significant publication record.

    Previous Employment: Clyde Petroleum | Goal Petroleum plc | BGS | Texaco


  • Tony Loy

    Tony Loy (PhD)

    Senior Geologist/Stratigrapher

    Petroleum Geologist/Stratigrapher with over 40 years of oil and gas industry experience, with operating companies, in the service sector, and academia, in both technical and management capacities. Experience with projects in Europe, Africa, and South America.

    Petroleum exploration geoscience. Particular expertise in biostratigraphy (palynology).

    Previous Employment: A&HML Services | Paltec | Industrial Palynology Unit, University of Sheffield | Exploration Logging


  • Tim Wright (Ph.D)

    Tim Wright (PhD)

    Senior Consultant Geoscientist, Elected Trustee Director

    Over 15 years Applied Structural Analysis and 2D+3D Seismic Interpretation, Asset Screening, Integrated Field Studies and Seismic Planning, Global Exploration Evaluations & Prospect Characterization, Portfolio Build & Commercialization. Project Management and Technical Assurance (Africa, Europe and Latin America).

    New Business and Client Relations.

  • Eleanor Oldham (M.Sc)

    Eleanor Oldham (MSc)

    Senior Geophysicist/Rock Physicist

    A Geophysicist with over 10 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 depth conversion.


  • Helen Bone (Msc)

    Helen Bone (Msc)

    Senior Geologist

    A petroleum geoscientist with 19 years global industry experience gained in both operating and consulting companies across the whole E&P life cycle.

    Petroleum geoscience - Prospect evaluation - Petrophysical analysis - Geological drilling support - Volumetric determination - New ventures evaluations and screening

    Previous Employment: iTec Resource | Fairfield Energy | Zeta Petroleum | Granby Oil & Gas | Regal Petroleum | Troy-Ikoda


  • Georgina Lockham

    Georgina Lockham (MSc)

    Geoscience Assistant

    Graduated in 2018 with MSc Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Manchester.

    Geoscience technical assistance - GIS - Data loading and workstation project set-up. Marketing support.


  • Business Support

    Fiona Lawrance (B.Sc)

    Fiona Lawrance (BSc)

    Business Administration Manager

    Fiona has worked in the oil industry for over 30 years and has a BSc in Geology from Royal Holloway, University of London. One of the founders of Merlin, Fiona carries out the key roles of Company Secretary, Bookkeeper, Office Administration and HR. Fiona ensures we operate best practice HSE, First Aid and Risk Assessment procedures.

    Previous Employment: Clyde Petroleum | Hunt United Corp. | Neste Exploration Ltd.


  • Julia Field

    Julia Field

    Client Relations Adviser

    Customer relationship development and feedback.

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  • Merlin Associates

    A team of associates, experienced both in petroleum geoscience and related fields, can be called upon to complement Merlin's in-house skills. Our associates are well known to us, and come highly recommended. We will not propose an associate for a project unless we are convinced that they will provide top class results, backed up by a track record of project delivery. Merlin will typically involve trusted associates on a project where their specialist skills are required, or when a 'chinese wall' is required to protect client confidentiality.


  • Third Party Providers

    Should a client request a project scope that includes elements that lie outside our in-house capabilities, Merlin will bring in selected third party consultancies to add specialist skills. Some of our trusted third party companies are:

    Badley Geoscience Ltd. provide specialist structural analyses, and have complemented Merlin's in-house structural capabilities on several projects.

    Belltree Merlin enjoy a teaming agreement with Belltree, who provide bespoke reservoir engineering consultancy. Through our partnership we deliver a complete sub-surface solution across the E&P spectrum.

    IGI Ltd. have worked with Merlin on several projects, and provide both geochemistry and petroleum systems modelling.

    REXIMseis Ltd. have provided high quality well log scanning, with a quick turn-around.

    Lynx Information Systems provide seismic scanning and vectorising services and thus help us to rapidly build a seismic database for our clients, which is especially useful for project start-ups.

    SCGIS provide high class GIS and geodetic support. SCGIS help us deliver novel GIS solutions within the E&P workflow.