The RISC Group is comprised of highly experienced oil & gas consultants with complementary core disciplines. Many have held senior positions in global oil & gas companies, and collectively provide deep industry experience covering the entire range of the oil & gas business life cycle.

Martin Wilkes - Managing Partner | LNG Developments

Martin Wilkes

Martin has over 26 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry encompassing upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas technology development with both large and small companies. His experience covers a wide range of roles including business leadership and planning, corporate governance, project development and management, technical training, commercial and contractual agreements, intellectual property management and environmental impact assessment. A creative thinker with strong analytical, influencing and communication skills, Martin’s main strengths include his ability to distil complex inputs and situations into simple ideas and plans.

Gavin Ward - Partner | General Manager UK

Gavin Ward

Gavin joined RISC with an economic, accounting and technical skill set from 30 years in the oil and gas industry at major operators and independents. He has peer reviewed and valued assets and companies in Europe, Middle East, Far East, Africa and North America. Gavin is author of many papers on risk and volume estimation and is able to translate technical evaluations into meaningful economic and financial assessments. A geophysicist by background, but also well versed in reservoir engineering, geology, risk analysis, economics and accounting.

Peter Stephenson - Partner | Reservoir Engineering

Peter Stephenson
Peter is a Reservoir Engineer with 35 years’ experience in the upstream hydrocarbon industry with BP, Shell and RISC. He has extensive experience with mature and greenfield oil, gas, gas-condensate and CSG developments in the North Sea, Africa, Middle East and Australasia. Peter specialises in reservoir evaluation, field development planning, integrated project reviews and multidisciplinary team coordination and leadership.

Simon Whitaker - Partner | Facilities and Development Planning

Simon Whitaker
Simon has over 37 years of experience in the petroleum industry in UK, Egypt, South East Asia and Australia. Simon has a background in petroleum engineering including reservoir & production engineering, well evaluation and varied operational experience. Subsequent career development has involved an MBA, asset management, field development planning and implementation and commercial roles.

Ian Cockerill - Head of Geoscience

Ian Cockerill
Ian has 20 years of experience as a geoscientist with a successful record of value creation through oil and gas discoveries, new venture development, and asset / corporate promotion. Ian has a background in geological and geophysical interpretation with experience in conventional and unconventional exploration and development projects in a wide range of geological settings. He has worked in technical positions for Hunt Oil and Apache and in executive positions for Transerv Energy, Verona Energy and TSV Montney.
As Managing Director of TSV Montney, Ian worked up an exploration portfolio of 60,000 acres in the Montney unconventional liquids play, British Columbia, Canada. Recently Ian was Executive Director of Transerv Energy (ASX listed) and, concurrently, worked as Managing Director of Verona Energy (Pty) identifying global new venture opportunities for a venture capitalist group and providing technical consulting services to numerous ASX publicly listed and private companies. Ian has worked on assignments in the UK, South Africa, Canada, United States, Singapore, and Australia.

Robbie Harrison - Director | Acquisition and Divestments

Robbie Harrison

Robbie has over 12 years of upstream oil and gas experience. He has held a number of upstream commercial and investment analyst roles in both Australia and Canada, with advisory and in-house experience. Previous to RISC he was Corporate Development Consultant for Methanex Corporation. Robbie has also held positions at Euroz Securities, ConocoPhillips and LinQ Capital. Robbie has strong valuations and financial modelling expertise across conventional and unconventional resource projects.

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