Meet the 2018 Council Candidates – Maurice Bamford, Aberdeen Director Elect
I have been a member of the PESGB in Aberdeen for many years, and now that I am an independent consultant feel I have the time to put something back into the society. I would therefore like to be considered for the position of Director Elect Aberdeen.
My interest in geology started at school where I was lucky enough to be able to take it at ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level. This lead on to a B.Sc. in geology at Queens University in Belfast, and then a sedimentology Ph.D. at University College Cork. From this I went on to do a post-doctorate at Keele University, where I was involved in a structural modelling work on a number of mountain belts and foreland basin pairs. Having been sponsored by BP for both PhD and post-doc, I eventually joined BP as a geologist.
After a few years and a few different locations at BP, I got caught by one of the regular downturns, and left to join Robertson Research as a structural geologist. Then followed a period as an independent consultant, before eventually joining Talisman Energy in Aberdeen as a geologist, where I eventually became Exploration & Geoscience Manager. In 2011, I left to join EnQuest in a similarly titled role, and then in 2016, the downturn did away with my position at EnQuest. Since then I have been working very closely with Steam Oil, Geoscience Wales, and I am now part of the 1st Subsurface team.
As we all know it is a very difficult time in the industry. The PESGB is a valuable source of knowledge and networking opportunities and my aim as director-elect would be to help facilitate this in a time where collaboration is key.