Greg Blower, President
Greg is from Staffordshire, England. He graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1997 with a 2:1 BEng Mechanical Engineering. He joined Baker Atlas as an OH Wireline Engineer in 2000. He worked in the Middle East and the North Sea until 2007. He then completed an MSc in Energy at Heriot-Watt University, and subsequently spent some time in the Renewable Energy Industry. After this break from the Oil Industry, Greg returned to wireline and took a role as Field Service Coordinator with Halliburton Wireline from 2011 until 2014.
In August 2014 he joined Gaia as a Wireline Operational Consultant, and has represented several clients, mainly in the UKNS. Finally, Greg is halfway through an MSc in Petroleum Engineering (distance) which he intends to complete between offshore assignments.
Chee Kong Chen, VP Technology
Chee Kong Chen is a Cased Hole Log Analyst at READ Cased Hole, based in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. His oil and gas career started with Shell Malaysia 11 years ago as petrophysicist. Later 2010 he moved to South Africa to work for Weatherford Sub-Saharan Africa in similar role, then worked for Dana Petroleum in Aberdeen before he joined READ in 2015.
Chee Kong is skilled in open hole, cased hole log evaluation, and workflow development. Currently he is primarily focuses on cased hole log evaluation, mainly production logging and cased hole formation evaluation in North Sea, Central Asia and Middle East. Chee Kong also involved in bringing new technology deployment.
Chee Kong is new to the AFES Committee family and looking forward to contribute to the community.
Stephen Morris, Vice President – Seminar
Stephen Morris is a geologist and studied geology & environmental pollution science at The University of Glamorgan. In 1998 he was awarded a PhD in sedimentology, specialising in turbidites, from Cardiff University. Since then he has worked as a consultant geologist before joining legacy Baker Hughes (now BHGE) in 2001 as a borehole image log interpreter.
He specialises in LWD borehole image logs and has worked in the global geoscience group in Houston, USA where he was involved in tool and interpretation applications development projects. Recently he has transferred to UK region and works on commercial interpretation of LWD image logs. His other interests include cycling, astronomy and photography.
Girvani Manoharan, Secretary
Girvani Manoharan is a Reservoir Engineer who completed her Ph.D. in August 2020 on ‘Characterisation of initiation and propagation of fractures in rocks using X-ray and neutron tomography.’ Girvani Manoharan is currently working as a Chief Technical Officer at Blue Gentoo. Previously, she held operations-focused Reservoir Engineering roles with Centrica (2015 – 2016) and Maersk Oil Qatar (2012 – 2015). Before that, she was an Exploitation Engineer (Reservoir Engineer) with CNR International.
Girvani has a passion for academia, the pursuit of knowledge, and the practical application of science. She holds diverse qualifications spanning Engineering Physics (BSc) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Biomedical Engineering (MSc) from the University College of London, Petroleum Engineering (MSc) from the Heriot-Watt University, and awarded her Ph.D. in Fracture Mechanics from the University of Aberdeen.
Edward Downer, Past President / DEVEX Representative
Ed is Discipline Head of Petrophysics at Lloyd’s Register (formerly LR Senergy).
After obtaining a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering at Nottingham University in 1996 he joined the industry as a Wireline Logging Engineer for Western Atlas (now part of Baker Hughes) in Aberdeen. Following time in the field he held several positions in training and technology before leaving Baker Hughes in Houston to study an MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management at Heriot-Watt University. On completion he joined the software group at Senergy as a Petrophysicist helping in the development of Interactive Petrophysics, before moving into the consultancy. After a brief move to Baker Geoscience he is now back at Lloyd’s Register where he heads up the Petrophysics Team.
Neil Cardy, Treasurer
Neil is originally from Sussex and studied Geology at the University of Leicester graduating in 1983. He joined Exploration Logging (ExLog) in 1984 as a mud logger working in the Southern North Sea. After spending a year running slim hole wireline tools for BPB Instruments in the UK and Australia, he rejoined Exlog as a GEMDAS operator. In 1990 he tried to escape from Baker once more and joined Teleco in Aberdeen as a MWD Engineer, this cunning plan was foiled when Baker Hughes brought Teleco and created Eastman Teleco and then Inteq.
In 2001, he moved across to Baker Hughes OASIS as a Drilling Optimisation Engineer and continued in various Drilling Optimisation and Application Engineering roles in the UK, Europe and Africa before moving back to the world of mud logging as a Product Manager responsible for pore pressure and rig site geochemistry services.
As a result of the downturn in 2015, Neil moved to NOV as their European Drilling Optimisation Manager. In 2016 he set up Longsword Consulting as an independent Drilling Optimisation consultancy, bridging the gap between geology and drilling engineering. Recent projects have included helping develop a low cost slim hole drilling methodology for onshore UK exploration / development and Neil is also one of the founders of Cogent Petroleum.
Neil has co-authored SPWLA and SPE papers and has also presented at AFES, LPS and SPE chapter meetings.
John Banks, Sponsorship
John is a senior petrophysicist with Maersk Oil North Sea (UK) Ltd. Previously he has worked for Shell and Baker Atlas and was a founding director of DataCo Ltd. He has worked on a variety of projects from exploration, through development, production to decommissioning. He is a graduate of the Universities of St Andrews and Aberdeen. He splits his time between Aberdeen and the far North of Scotland.
Jeremy Titjen, Technical Sub-Committee
Jeremy is a Geologist Advisor with Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE) based in Dyce Aberdeen, beginning his industry career 11 years ago with Baker Atlas, in Perth Western Australia (WA) in 2007, and then moving to a European assignment in 2009. Jeremy specialises in borehole imaging and petrophysical interpretation, having worked on a wide range of diverse projects from Oceania, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
Prior to joining BHGE, Jeremy completed his MSc at the University of Waikato in Hamilton New Zealand, specialising in cool-water carbonate sedimentology and petrography, where he also worked as a research and sessional teaching assistant for many years. This is Jeremy’s first time serving on a professional society committee in the UK (previously he served on The Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, PESA for WA) and looks forward to helping spread the word on all the great events and talks AFES will present over the coming year.[/bra_team_member]
Alexander Kaye, Communications / Media Officer
Alex is a young technical professional working as a Support Geoscientist at Lloyd’s Register, providing technical support, globally to Oil & Gas professionals utilising integrated geoscience software solutions.
After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Geology and Petroleum Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Alex went on to complete an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience at the University of Aberdeen, fulfilling his dissertation with EnQuest PLC; investigating reservoir distribution and STOIIP of a mature asset. It was during his Master’s degree that Alex was exposed to advanced petrophysics and subsequently led him to peruse a career in the subject. Alex intends to specialise in borehole imaging to become a subject matter expert. Alex is also an avid sedimentologist and particularly enjoys geological fieldwork.
Ebrahim Heydari, University Liaison Officer
Ebrahim is independent petrophysicist and geologist with 20 years industrial experience of petrophysics, formation evaluation and geological studies. He has contributed to many successful exploration, development and abandonment projects of world class oil and gas fields for international investors and operators in the Middle East, North Sea, Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.
He is a specialist in data integration (log, core, geophysical, geological and reservoir data) with a proven track record of successful achievements. He has BSc in Geology, MSc in sedimentology and geophysics and finishing his PhD on petroleum geology and petrophysics in the University of Aberdeen.
Daniel Ronald, Student Representative – University of Aberdeen
Daniel is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience at the University of Aberdeen. Daniel also holds a BSc in Geology awarded at the University of Glasgow. Daniel’s main geological interests are sedimentology and structural geology, but he is becoming increasingly interested in petrophysics and geophysics after studying physics in his undergraduate degree.
Daniel is hoping to become a geoscientist in the petroleum industry after his master’s and looks forward to learning more about the industry over the next year. Daniel thoroughly enjoys fieldwork, especially relating to Scottish regional geology. His main other interests are running, especially in the local hills.
Craig Lindsay, Technical Sub-Committee
Craig has 36 years of experience in the core analysis industry. After 18 years working in the lab in a wide variety of roles, Craig joined Helix RDS consultancy in 2002 and founded Core Specialist Services in 2010. Craig served as President of the Society of Core Analysts from 2012-13.
Damien Dennison, Technical Sub-Committee
Damien is a Petrophysicist at CNR International, based in Aberdeen.
Since graduating in 2006 with a BSc in Geological Sciences, he has held a variety of geoscience-based roles in the Oil and Gas Industry. Starting as a Mudlogger before moving into Wellsite Geology, and finally as an Operations Geologist before his current role (not to mention a brief sidestep into Subsurface Data Management). He has worked on a variety of UK fields, and more currently fields in Côte d’Ivoire in addition.
Derek Littlejohn, Technical Sub-Committee (Charity Officer)
Tegwyn J. Perkins, Technical Support (sponsored by Lloyds Register)
Tegwyn J. Perkins has been with LR for eight years where he currently serves as a Principal Technical Advisor for all technical activities in The Americas. Tegwyn has 29 years in the industry; before LR he spent 14 years with Halliburton where he served in various petrophysical and managerial software positions. Previously he worked for both Z&S Consultants and Intera/Exploration Consultants Ltd.
Tegwyn earned his doctorate degree in Applied Mathematics and Numerical Methods from University of Wales, Aberystwyth and his post-doctoral study on the “Carrying Capacity of Drilling Fluids” at University of Plymouth, England was sponsored by BP.
He has co-authored 13 papers on various aspects of petrophysics and formation evaluation and his current career interests include borehole imaging, acoustics and formation testing.
Tegwyn has been the VP Information Technology for the SPWLA international board of directors on two occasions. First from 2009-2011 and again from 2013-2015. He has also served on 2013 Education Committee and 2009 Symposium Technical Committee and Organization Committee.
In 2019, Tegwyn received the Distinguished Service Award for services to SPWLA.
On a personal note, Tegwyn is an avid sports enthusiast who manages (and still plays for) his own amateur football team. He also enjoys rugby, cricket, badminton and golf.