As the operational hub of the UK’s offshore industry, Aberdeen hosts the largest population of PESGB members outside London and the South East. To ensure their interests are fully catered for, there are always two members who sit on the PESGB Council; the Aberdeen Director and Aberdeen Director Elect, and they are responsible for the Aberdeen Region SIG. The PESGB Young Professionals are very active in the region, and the YP Committee has 50% of their representatives from Aberdeen.
There is a very active calendar of events, including monthly Evening Lectures, DEVEX and the Aberdeen Christmas Party, to end the year with a celebratory feel. The YPs also run a series of interesting events, including “GEOLympics” and fundraising for the Aberdeen Cyrenians.
The PESGB is conscious that the recent downturn has hit the region particularly hard, and to that end, have run a series of “Surviving the Downturn” Workshops and coffee mornings, to enable members to network and build new skill sets.
Branch coordinated by Aberdeen Director, Mike Scotting, firstname.lastname@example.org & Aberdeen Director Elect, Henk Kombrink, Henk.Kombrink@lr.org
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Berks, Bucks & Oxon (Three Counties)
A bi-monthly PESGB Regional Group in the Three Counties Region was launched in May 2016. The Thames Valley and surrounding areas is a hub of the oil and gas industry with many companies and staff based in the region, in a mixture of exploration companies and small to large consultancies. Additionally, Oxford, Reading and Royal Holloway Universities are within driving distance of Henley, providing an opportunity for students to meet and discuss with present industry staff. The branch has proved to be an excellent forum for the geoscientists to meet, exchange ideas and gain insights into the varied work environment that exists within the region in what is a very challenging time for the industry.
Branch coordinated by David Johnstone, email@example.com , John Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org & Jay Sahota, email@example.com
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Cumberland & Lake District
This branch formed during 2014 in response to the significant numbers of members across the area – consultants, owners, employees, overseas employees, independents, contractors, academics and Aberdeen/London commuters. All expressed a wish to meet and network.
If you are within striking distance of M6 junction 40 remember that if traffic travels at 11mph on a good day in London, it still works at 70 mph here so distances mean very little in terms of time. We are half way between London and Aberdeen, surrounded by nine international airports and three hours from London by train (= a typical Friday journey around the M25!). This low-cost area for business is benefitting from fibre broadband roll-out to all the rural locations.
Our branch meets on a flexible basis, as and when members’ express preference for certain dates to fit in with busy schedules. Normal format is a rural pub lunch or evening drinks and dinner with or without a presentation from laptop. Visitors welcome.
With over 100 members, Houston has the largest concentration of PESGB Members based overseas which is why a Regional Branch was established in September 2016; to facilitate networking in this outpost.
Branch coordinated by Stephanie Nwoko, firstname.lastname@example.org, Michael Lee, email@example.com, & Steven Sawyer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Branch coordinated by Annemarie Smyth, email@example.com
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The PESGB Liverpool Branch based at Liverpool University is a new group composed of a mix of current and retired petroleum industry professionals from the northwest England region, and Liverpool University academics who research and teach petroleum geology. Our aim is to facilitate strong links between these two composite groups, to provide an opportunity for current petroleum geology students to meet more industry professionals, and to showcase to the public the important societal contribution made by the petroleum industry and the academic research and teaching that supports it.
Branch coordinated by Glyn Carter, Glyn.Carter@iresltd.com, Maggie Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, & Peter Burgess, email@example.com
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Branch coordinated by Barrie Wells, Barrie.Wells@ConwyValley.com
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As Sun SPARC 2 workstations were being shut down in oil companies around the UK, a group of petroleum geoscientists started gathering in an upstairs room at The White House pub, Guildford. Talk was of plummeting oil prices and possible loss of jobs. Further afield, James was starting another night of revision for his GCSEs and Sarah-Jane was in Aberdeen hand contouring maps for the Clair Field development. That was May 22nd 1997. Fast forward 20 years to May 2017, and little has changed. Oil prices may be higher than the $19.70 level they were that night in 1997 and Sarah-Jane and James, the current organisers, are fully embracing the technologies available to the oil industry, but a group of petroleum geoscientists will still be gathering in The White House pub, Guildford. These will be members of the PESGB Surrey Branch, the largest and longest running regional branch of the PESGB.
The PESGB Surrey Branch was set up by Chris Bulley (Ranger) and Tadeusz ‘Boz’ Brzozowski (Phillips) in spring 1997 as a way of getting the Guildford/Woking oil companies to do more joint venturing together and also avoid the ever-increasing travel from London to Aberdeen. Boz in his role as 2nd Vice President suggested there might be PESGB funding available so Chris approached the PESGB and was greeted with a positive response. However, due to the lack of technical content to be covered in the meetings, direct funding by the PESGB was not forthcoming. Undaunted, various companies were approached and in turn agreed to sponsor the first few meetings by paying for the hire of the upstairs room at The White House in Guildford with a little put behind the bar to pay for the first drink of each attendee. Over 60 people from 18 companies in the Surrey catchment area attended that very first meeting. In the early days, the hard-core local oil companies which provided the critical mass to get the Surrey Branch going were Ranger, Phillips and Arco. Today the branch is attended by industry people from as far afield as Henley, Reading and Crawley and MSc students from Egham. We may be too large a group now to fit into the private room upstairs, but the ethos remains much the same; an opportunity to network and engage with colleagues about the industry we love. More recently, we have taken on a more supportive role with people appreciating the ideas offered to them whilst they look for a future in the industry. The longevity of the branch is testament to the continued support of its members and the companies who are still able to offer us sponsorship in these difficult times. We really hope that the legacy of Chris Bulley and Boz, who sadly died in August 2007, is able to live on for another 20 years.