South Australia: New Initiative Kicks Off

The Young Petroleum Professionals (YPP) program is a new SPE initiative designed to support and assist the development of those in the petroleum industry with fewer than 10 years’ experience. These evenings provide a forum for up-and-coming geologists, geophysicists, engineers, accountants, and lawyers to network and gain insight from more-experienced leaders.

After the success of YPP meetings being held in Perth (Western Australia), a South Australian branch has been established and its inaugural meeting in May attracted more than 50 attendees. The meeting was held at the Griffins Head Hotel in the heart of Adelaide and featured a presentation by John Chambers, Exploration Manager for Santos. Chamber’s presentation was titled “Lessons from the last 20 years in the oil business and why the next 20 years will be different,” and it offered an optimistic view of the future and the role that today’s young professionals may be able to play in the coming years. He entertained the crowd with some great anecdotes and photos from his days in Indonesia working for the Lasmo group of companies and put them in the context of a changing financial and technological environment.

Additional presentations are planned. Inquiries regarding the South Australian branch can be forwarded to either Scott Mildren ( or Jerry Meyer (


From left, Alex Parks, YPP Western Australia; John Cambers, Exploration Manager, Santos Ltd.; and Scott Mildren, YPP South Australia.