I joined SPE in June 1987, on the recommendation of a senior staff scientist at Conoco. I had just finished overseeing the design and construction of a water technology test centre in Scotland’s Orkney Isles, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend an SPE Forum on water treatment in Crested Butte, Colorado. The discount that SPE membership provided was more than offset by the discount given when attending this event, which taught me early on that SPE membership gives good value! The 5 days I spent in stunning Colorado surroundings was one of the richest learning experiences I have encountered, and I started to build a strong network of colleagues who remain friends and business associates in the international oil and gas industry to this day.
I have since attended various SPE fora, applied technology workshops and similar events, which have all proved valuable learning experiences. The events are established by engineers, for engineers, with the very professional support and coaching of SPE staff. SPE has also been an important part of providing quality and value for an increasing number of industry conferences and exhibitions, including of course OTC and Offshore Europe.
My career has now spanned 31 years, all of it associated with technology and intellectual property management. I spent the first decade of my career working in Scotland, after which I moved to Norway, which has been my home for 21 years. I have seen “both sides of the fence”, having worked for a research and development organisation and then an equipment supplier, before moving to positions with several international operators, including my current employer Statoil, where I have been since 2009. I have travelled extensively with my work, and have met members of the “SPE clan” all over the world.
As my career has developed, it has been a pleasure starting to pay back what was so generously given to me in my early work years. I have presented at and participated in SPE conferences and workshops all over the world. Something that gives me particular pride is the opportunity to chair or co-chair the first four SPE advanced technology workshops on subsea processing, held from 2006–2012 in Italy and Norway. This baton has now been passed on to new and (slightly) younger talent! The next event will be held in Brazil in 2015, which emphasises the international nature of our industry, and the global span of SPE. I remain a member of the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Advisory Committee.
I fully intend to remain an active and supportive member of SPE in my future career, and have just noticed that the year in which I am scheduled to retire is the year I will reach the 50-year SPE Legion of Honour (or Honor, for my US friends)! I look forward to the next two decades of SPE membership, and hope that this testimonial inspires others to join SPE and become active members, with all the benefits that this can provide.”