I strongly believe in the importance of professional societies within the scientific community and that it is important to contribute as well as receive the benefits. I have demonstrated this commitment through active participation in the governance of professional societies since 1975, including leadership, financial and planning roles. I served as president of AAPG Asia Pacific Region and an AAPG affiliated society (South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Association); served as treasurer of AAPG Asia Pacific Region and an AAPG affiliated society (Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia).
We continue to live in challenging times (in particular, in the Asia Pacific region) and I am extremely aware of the effects of the downturn on people, the industry and professional societies. The AAPG needs to consider all aspects of these issues, ensure that we maintain our relevance, maintain our members and safeguard that they get value for money.
I have a good knowledge of the AAPG – its structure and operations, its strengths and weaknesses, and the wonderful assortment of its people.
I offer a strong international perspective through:
- My employment over the past 20 years – based in Perth and Singapore, spending significant amounts of time in the various countries of the culturally diverse Asia Pacific Region.
- My AAPG involvement, as the Asia-Pacific president I travelled widely though the Region listening, and learning.
- My service on the Advisory Council gave me good knowledge and understanding of all the AAPG Regions.
- My involvement in AAPG affiliated societies.
International membership of AAPG has significantly expanded in recent years and I believe it important that the international membership has a strong voice on the Executive Committee.