Meet the AAPG-Europe Young Professionals
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    Peter Heath is currently working as a geologist for Chevron in their Aberdeen office and has previous industry experience in both junior exploration and global integrated oil companies. He graduated from Imperial College London with a MSc in Petroleum Geoscience and also holds a MSci in Geology from the University of Southampton. Peter was first introduced to the oil and gas industry through participation in the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award, where the fast-paced and interdisciplinary nature of work sparked interest in an upstream career.

    Peter has been involved with the AAPG for five years. He took over leadership of the Aberdeen Young Professionals (YP) committee in early 2015. He is keen to continue strengthening ties within the wider YP community, while also encouraging those who have previously benefited from the AAPG to ‘give something back’ through engagement with local universities and those new to the organisation.

    Chevron, Aberdeen, Scotland
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    Tilden studied his undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh. Initially convinced that a career as a mud engineer was the best route for him. He wanted to enter the oil industry for as long "as I can remember." Upon realizing that his initial thoughts on his career had been skewed by a subconscious aversion to geology caused by two geologist parents, he admits realizing "that I was generally mediocre at Chemistry" sp Tilden switched to a Geology BSc. On finishing, he moved back down to the south of England to read for an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience at Imperial College, London. He finished his studies in 2012, completing a thesis in dolomite geochemistry, proving that time spent learning is never wasted.

    Upon graduating Tilden accepted a job on the Statoil Graduate Program, and is currently working as an operations geologist. Specifically he is working in development wells on the Snorre Field, a Statoil-operated field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. There he is concerning himself with pore pressure, rock mechanics and general day-to-day geo-operational work, as well as stints working wellsite getting his hands on some actual rocks from time to time. In his spare time Tilden enjoys cycling, hill walking and skiing.

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    Sam is currently working as a development geologist for Chevron in their Aberdeen office and has previous industry experience with both small independent oil companies and service companies. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2010 receiving an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience and also holds a BSc in Geophysics from the University of Edinburgh. Sam gained early exposure to the oil and gas industry growing up in Aberdeen and when combined with a passion for the outdoors it made geosciences an easy career choice.

    Sam became a member of the AAPG as an undergraduate but it wasn’t until he joined the Student Chapter committee at Imperial College that he became actively involved with the society. During this time he helped to organise guest lecturers, careers and social events. After starting full-time with Chevron, Sam took up the position of Young Professional President in Aberdeen with the hope to rejuvenate interest in the AAPG in Europe’s oil capital. Over the past two years the Aberdeen YP chapter have held numerous networking and education events bringing together up to YPs from various companies in the city. The YP chapter has worked closely with the student chapter to engage those making the transition from academia to industry and has also formed excellent ties with the PESGB YPs. Sam has recently taken up the post of Young Professional Chair for the European Region and is looking forward to the challenges which lie ahead.

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    Alex is currently a Geoscientist working at Tullow Oil. After completing his BSc in Southampton he went on to do geotechnical consultancy work for 2 years before enrolling on the Petroleum Geoscience Masters at Royal Holloway University and graduating in 2010. Following the masters he started working for Tullow Oil and met a number of AAPG members at a YP networking events. They mentioned a need for more committee members and he thought it would be fun to get involved, initially starting as treasurer I secured funding for a rugby tournament, 5 careers events and several networking events in 2012-13 and have now taken up the position of AAPG YP president (London). The committee plans to keep running careers events to encourage people to start a career in the industry and networking events to continue to spread the AAPG YP word and we are excited at the prospect of further success and continuing to add fresh ideas to the industry YP scene in London in the years to come.

    Tullow Oil, London, UK
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    Erik studied Geology in Utrecht. After graduating in 2010 he started to work for FUGRO FEBV as a geotechnical engineer. In 2011 Erik joined DataCo Ltd. as a Subsurface Data Analyst, working as contractor in an Exploration team for Shell. In July 2013 he started to work directly for Shell.

    In 2012 he joined the PGK (Petroleum Geologische Kring) which is a Dutch organization similar to the AAPG. He saw an opportunity to resurrect the PGK/AAPG young professional organization.

    With the AAPG-PGK YP chapter he brings together early career workers in the petroleum industry, with less experienced students and more experienced industry professionals. So far the AAPG-PGK YP has organized a Career path workshop, a geological walk in Amsterdam and a CV workshop and there are already many ideas to organize more events. Through the activities of this organization Erik hopes to help students and young professionals interested in the Petroleum industry to network in an informal way


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