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Meet the 2019 Council Candidates – Beverley Smith , President Elect

Thu 01 November 2018

Category: Council, Elections, Membership

I graduated with a BSc. in Geology from Exeter University and an MSc. In Petroleum Geology from Imperial College an awfully long time ago!  I joined BG Group (British Gas in those days) in 1990, when women were not able to go offshore or even stay at the wellsite.   I did my training onshore near Blackpool retiring to a hotel in the evening in coveralls and hard hat.  Fast forward 20 years and I’m Exploration Manager for Algeria, spending a week a month in the Sahara with 600 men shooting seismic and guarded by the Algerian army – how times change!


I left BG at the end of 2016 as VP Exploration and Growth for Europe, after 27 happy years travelling the world and working many different basins.  I intended to take a sabbatical and have spent the intervening months consulting, travelling and volunteering.  I have worked with a not-for-profit campaigning to get more women into leadership roles in the energy sector, chaired a charity and am currently a trustee for the fabulous Etches Collection in Dorset.   My semi-retirement has given me the time to volunteer for causes very close to my heart with this in my mind I am delighted to be proposed as your President-Elect.  It would be both an honour and a privilege to represent you and help move this organisation forward in ever-changing times

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