Westwood Energy Group

Leadership

  • Gavin Prise

    Executive Chairman

    Gavin has over 35 years of oil and gas industry experience both in the operating and service sectors. After working for Conoco as a Petroleum Engineer and Hamilton Oil Company as Production Engineering Manager, he joined Expro International in 1995 progressing through a variety of Executive roles, onto COO and ultimately CEO. Mr. Prise holds a BSc Hons in Natural Philosophy from Aberdeen University and a MEng in Petroleum Engineering from Herriot Watt University.

    Over the last few years Gavin has Chaired a number of private equity-backed companies to successful exit including Intelligent Well Control, Meta Downhole and Read Cased Hole. He is currently also Chairman of start-up technology provider Morphpackers and an Operating Partner for Energy Ventures Private Equity.

  • David Clark

    Chief Financial Officer

    David trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Aberdeen moving from their audit department into Corporate Finance in 2005. Through his time with KPMG, David was involved in executing high profile oilfield service transactions in the international market with a combined value over $1bn and subsequently joined Bank of Scotland’s Integrated Finance division to assist in identifying and executing oilfield service investments. In 2008 David joined private equity backed international oilfield service company Reservoir Group. David was responsible for leading the strategic development and execution of the company’s buy and build strategy, completing over 20 international deals and forming part of the senior management team that achieved five-fold growth in the size of the company culminating in a successful exit to ALS Limited in 2013. David joined Westwood Global Energy in February 2015 to assist the company with the execution of its organic and acquisitive growth aspirations.

  • Dr Keith Myers

    President, Research

    Keith joined BP in 1987, having graduated with a geology PhD at Imperial College. Following a variety of technical roles, he became Senior Commercial Advisor leading several major business negotiations for new business access. He also led strategy for BP’s business in West Africa in the Strategic Alliance with Statoil. Since 2000 Keith has been an advisor to numerous energy companies on strategy and partnership issues. He went on to found Richmond Energy Partners in 2006 to provide independent advice to investors in smaller oil and gas companies. REP now advise some of the largest funds and institutions investing in the sector and provide exploration strategy and benchmarking services for the global exploration industry. Keith takes a keen interest in the oil sector governance and serves as a member of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and is on the guest teaching faculty of the Blavatnik School of Governance at Oxford University.

  • Andrew Reid

    President, Consulting

    Andrew began his career with an oilfield supplies company before joining investment bankers Simmons & Company in Aberdeen. This was followed by a period with Ernst & Young where he specialised in energy industry mergers & acquisition work in addition to valuations, strategic reviews and corporate development projects. Andrew joined the board of Douglas-Westwood in 2007 and has since advised clients on deals totalling several billion dollars. Andrew holds an MA (Hons) in Economics & Political Science, and an MBA from the Aberdeen Business School, where he is now a Visiting Professor.

  • Rune Jensen

    Rune Jensen has 33 years of industry experience covering Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Publishing, Information & Communications Technology and Private Equity, of which 24 years as CEO/Managing Partner. Rune has worked with growth and turnaround processes throughout his career both from a Top Management and a Board perspective, with CEO and Chairmanship responsibilities in 13 European countries plus in North America and Asia. Rune Jensen was the Founder and managing partner of the Private Equity Fund Manager Progressus since 2006. Before this he was the CEO of Allianse, an ICT turnaround investment that was taken public on the Oslo stock exchange and later acquired by Ergo Group (now Evry).

  • Tomas Hvamb

    Tomas Hvamb has 9 years of industry experience. He joined Energy Ventures in 2013 following 5 years with Barclays Bank where he was responsible for managing the company’s oil & gas services buyout portfolio and leading corporate leverage transactions. Education: Executive MBA in Energy Management from BI Norwegian School of Management (Oslo), Bachelor of Applied Finance from Maquire University (Sydney)

  • Doug Montgomery

    Doug Montgomery was formerly global head of sales and an executive director for Wood Mackenzie.  He worked with Wood Mackenzie for over 28 years leading the company through a management buy-out from Deutsche Bank in 2001 and throughout a period of exponential growth, with multiple private equity transactions, through to the eventual sale to Verisk Analytics in 2015. Doug has joined the ESIA board as a non-executive director.

  • Ian Norbury

    Exploration and Development leader with experience throughout the UK, Norway, Denmark and internationally in the NW Europe, Caspian, North Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and South-east Asia regions. Ian has a successful track record as an oil finder, and in exploration, technical and business management and has worked with Amoco, Conoco and Amerada Hess. Ian was previously CEO of Hannon Westwood and has transitioned into a non-executive role on the board.

  • Matt Mulcahy

    Matt Mulcahy

    Head of Research, Northwest Europe

    Matt has gained over 22 years industry experience in both the service and operator sectors since gaining an MSc in Petroleum Geology at the University of Aberdeen. Following various technical roles in the UK, Norway and Malaysia ranging from brownfield redevelopment to frontier exploration he progressed into senior management roles as Head of Exploration for Talisman Sinopec and most recently Director – Subsurface and Exploration for Endeavour Energy. In pursuit of his passion for understanding the broader business he assumed his current role of Head of NW Europe E&P Research in 2016 to provide focused and strategically relevant insight on key topics facing the E&P industry today.

  • Andrew Hughes

    Andrew Hughes

    Head of Research, Global Exploration

    Post PhD studies at Reading University, Andrew joined Corex Services in 1986 working in technical roles in the North Sea, North and West Africa and Venezuela. Joining Texaco in 1991 as a geologist he worked in the North Sea, West of Shetlands and North Africa in roles encompassing development, exploration and new ventures. In 1999 Andrew joined Burlington Resources as a Senior Geologist working on assets and exploration in North Africa and North Sea. He moved to Hess in 2006 as a Geological Advisor and following various technical roles working on NW Australia and North Africa, graduated to exploration managerial roles for Libya, Ghana and General Manager for Libya. From 2014, he also coordinated new ventures activities for West Africa and eastern side of the Atlantic. He was appointed Technical Director for Blackrock QI Ltd. in early 2016, helping build a new company primarily focused on the Middle East.

  • Rhona McFarlane

    Head of Sales & Marketing, Global Exploration

    Rhona is an experienced business development and account manager for products and services within the energy industry.  Rhona joined Wood Mackenzie in 2010 and was responsible for new business development and key account management for independent E&P companies and clients operating within the gas & power and renewables sector in the UK and Europe.  In 2015 Rhona joined Argus Media, a leading provider of price assessments, business intelligence reports and market data for the global energy and commodities markets.  Rhona developed the key relationships between Argus and its global key accounts, which included oil and gas majors, trading houses and large financial institutions.  Rhona joined the WGEG in 2016 to manage the existing client relationships and to introduce our exploration strategy and benchmarking services across the industry to new clients.

  • Steve Robertson

    Head of Research, Global Oilfield Services

    Steve is an energy sector economist and business analyst with sector expertise in oilfield services and equipment. He joined Douglas-Westwood in 2002 and was initially responsible for authoring of published researched reports and execution of bespoke consulting engagements within the oilfield services, equipment and engineering sectors. He subsequently headed-up DW’s EMEA Consulting group and was appointed to the DW Board in 2009. He has managed several hundred consulting projects for DW including transactions mandates with investment banks and private equity firms providing commercial due diligence for M&A and IPOs totalling tens of $ billion in value. In 2015 he took on a new role within DW heading up the Research group responsible for the in-house data, models and published products for the firm.  He is a regular keynote speaker at OFS industry events and a member of the Energy Institute and the Society for Underwater Technology. At WGEG he heads the Oilfield Services Research group and is based in Faversham and London offices.

  • Gareth Hector

    Head of Sales & Marketing, Global Oilfield Services

    Gareth leads WGEG’s Global OFS sales and marketing teams and is responsible for channelling and joining the demands of energy professionals into multi-faceted data and analysis solutions. With natural resources and underground construction experience covering the last 15-years as a Publisher, VP and Sales Director (tunnelling, mining, oil and gas, renewables), Gareth has a background rooted in business intelligence, publishing and SaaS solutions. Gareth adds a wealth of experience delivering new products to market across the energy industry and has worked directly with a large number of oilfield service providers, contractors, engineers, NOCs, IOCs as well as the investment community to scope and deliver critical data and analysis solutions.

  • Malcolm Ricketts

    Head of Product Development & Technology

    Malcolm Ricketts, Head of Product Development & Technology, is leading Westwood Global Energy Group’s development of its data and product offerings to deliver solutions that address the needs of our clients.  Malcolm, who was formerly Head of the Oil and Gas Division at the Scottish Government, and previously Senior Analyst with Wood Mackenzie over a ten-year period, is an exceptionally experienced oil and gas professional with a 20-year career in the sector.  Malcolm has extensive expertise in analysing, interpreting and providing commercial and economic insights on upstream assets, companies and associated infrastructure.

    With his industry background, and industry network, Malcolm is well-placed in driving the business’ commercial proposition.

  • Arindam Das

    Director

    Arindam Das is a Director in Douglas-Westwood’s London office and responsible for leading consulting engagements throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Arindam started his career as a Logging While Drilling (LWD) Field Engineer with Baker Hughes in the US Gulf of Mexico. Over the last ten years Arindam’s experience includes Energy Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Principal Investments with a particular focus on the EMEA region. Arindam’s international work experience encompasses India, USA, UK and Canada. Arindam holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MBA (Finance) from Queen’s University in Canada.

  • Andrew Meyers

    Associate Director

    Andrew began his career as an analyst at Anadarko Petroleum where he gained experience working across multiple asset groups throughout the company. He joined Douglas-Westwood’s Houston office in 2014 with over decade of experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining DW, Andrew was a Project Lead in the Market Intelligence practice for a boutique consulting firm where he assisted corporate and financial clients in market analysis, decision analysis, M&A due diligence, commercial analysis, strategy development, market forecasting, technology strategic marketing and benchmarking. His experience spans the upstream, midstream, downstream, industrial, oilfield service and renewable energy sectors. Andrew holds a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

  • Thom Payne

    Director

    Thom has been a member of DW’s analyst team since 2006 and is involved in research, market modelling and analysis for a range of sectors throughout the upstream oil & gas supply chain. To date Thom has completed an extensive range of subsea and offshore-related projects for a variety of audiences throughout the financial, government and industry sectors and is an author of DW’s subsea and vessel market reports. Recent experience includes an in-depth market analysis of the Asian EPC market and commercial environment for a major piece of strategy work for a leading Korean EPC firm. Thom is a law graduate from the University of Kent and also holds an MA in Political Sociology with a focus on EU Foreign, Security & Energy policy.

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