Conference Convenors

The EGC1 conference is overseen by a Board of individuals representing the PESGB and Geological Society.  Lead convenors Dr Caroline Gill and Professor John Underhill chair a Technical Steering Committee of individuals from the main industries and themes anticipated to be represented at the conference. Additional convenors will be co-opted to assist in attracting speakers and poster presenters to ensure a first class programme.  Short biographies of the convenors can be found below.


Lead Convenors Technical Steering Committee Members/Convenors
Dr Caroline Gill

Caroline Gill is a geologist working for Shell in Aberdeen as Subsurface Lead for a new development in the Central North Sea. She is currently chair of the Energy Group Committee of the Geological Society of London with whom she has been part of the transition from Petroleum to Energy. She is also a past Aberdeen Director of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB). She has presented at a range of major conferences and has published her work in a number of peer reviewed journals.  In addition, she has received multiple international awards in recognition of her contribution both technically and in the coaching and mentoring realm, including the Geological Society’s Aberconway Medal (2021).

Dr Charlotte Adams

Charlotte has been promoting the geothermal potential of the UK for over a decade. Since 2020 she has been the Principal Manager for Mine Water Heat at the UK’s Coal Authority. A geologist/hydrogeologist by training, her PhD from Newcastle University (1999) focused on treating the polluted discharges flowing from historically abandoned lead-zinc mines in the North Pennines. Latterly she worked on the design of low cost ways to treat coal mine water when it reaches surface. Spending time above and below ground taking water samples from mines sparked her interest in energy and following her PhD she worked for several years in the renewable energy sector. Charlotte spent 11 years at Durham University as Assistant Professor working on geothermal energy and she remains an advisor to Durham Energy Institute. In 2018 she was awarded the Geological Society’s Aberconway Medal.

Professor John Underhill

John Underhill is Chair of Exploration Geoscience and the Academic Executive Director of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training entitled GeoNetZero. The latter is an industry-academic collaboration between 12 UK Universities and supported by 8 industry partners that is exploring the role of geoscience for the energy transition. A past President of the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (2011-12), he holds awards including the Silver Medal of the Geological Society’s Energy Group, the Clough Medal of the Edinburgh Geological Society and the Geological Society’s Lyell Medal.  He was University Chief Scientist (2016-19), a member of the UK Energy Minister’s Technology Leadership Board (2015-18), OGA’s Exploration Task Force since 2018, the Scottish Government’s Science Advisory Council since 2019 and NERC’s GeoEnergy Observatories Scientific Advisory Group since 2015.

Dr Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen is a geoscientist currently working for Dana Petroleum in Aberdeen, as New Ventures & Exploration Team Lead covering the North Sea and Egypt. He has 25 years petroleum industry experience, mainly in exploration but also appraisal and pre-projects up to submission of development plan. Matthew served as a committee member and Communications Officer of the Petroleum (now Energy) Group of the Geological Society (2003 – 2013). He has acted as convener and editor/sub-editor of a number of GSL conferences and conference proceedings including; PGC VII (2009),  “Major Discoveries of the 21st Century” (2011) and the Geoscience Challenges session at PGC VIII (2015). He has presented at a range of major conferences, published in a number of peer reviewed journals and has been actively involved in several joint industry projects’s and the supervision of MSc student projects.


Dr Neil Frewin1

Neil Frewin has 27 years of oil & gas experience as a geoscientist with Shell and formerly with Hess UK Ltd and BG Group. His recent career is mostly in exploration asset management and new business development, with roles in Oman, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada and he leads a regional geology team with a global basin search remit. He was President of the PESGB (2017-2019) and is a founder of the “Exploring the Energy Transition” special interest group. He is a Trustee of the Geological Society of London (2021 onwards) and of The Etches Collection, a museum of Jurassic marine life in Dorset. He is a member of advisory boards including the UK Centre of Masters Training, Royal Holloway University of London School of Life Sciences & the Environment, and the Haliburton STEPS research program.

Graham Goffey1

Graham Goffey is a geologist by training and has worked in in the petroleum industry since 1985, in roles ranging from geoscientist to managing director. Currently he runs his own company, Soliton Resources, focussed on North Sea exploration to limit UK hydrocarbon importation.  He is a past chair of the Geological Society’s Petroleum (now Energy) Group and a recent past Trustee and Treasurer of the Geological Society (2014 – 2021). He has convened multiple geoscience conferences and co-edited conference proceedings and geoscience publications, most recently including Geological Society Memoir 52 on UK Oil and Gas Fields. He is a member of the OGA’s Exploration Task Force and a director of the Oil and Gas Independents Association.

Professor Mads Huuse

Dr Mads Huuse is a Professor of Geophysics at The University of Manchester where he leads the Seismic Interpretation Group. He is currently vice chair of the Energy Group Committee of the Geological Society. His work uses seismic and borehole data to investigate sedimentary basins to unravel how surface processes, basin filling processes and burial dynamics interact. He has published widely on geology, glaciation, sediment remobilization and fluid flow in basins around the world. He is on a quest to explore how the subsurface can be optimally utilized in the energy transition, both onshore and offshore. He is a co-founder and director of the Earth Project – a not-for profit organisation on a mission to promote sustainable Earth stewardship.

Professor Bruce Levell

Bruce Levell is Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. He worked for Royal Dutch Shell for 35 years in positions including Chief Scientist Geology, VP of Exploration New Ventures, and VP Emerging Technologies which included leading research into scientific and business ideas for Shell’s new suite of investments in renewable energy.

Simon Norris

Simon Norris studied geophysics with geology at University of Liverpool and has been with Radioactive Waste Management Ltd. for over 25 years. He is currently Principal Research Manager, leading studies relating to the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) on waste-derived gas generation and migration, long term natural processes and their effects on GDF evolution, GDF engineered barrier systems and on sealing deep site investigation boreholes.  He was lead editor on three Geological Society special publications, most recently SP482 (Multiple Roles of Clays in Radioactive Waste Confinement), and is a member of the Society’s Energy Group and Professional & Chartership Committee.

Nick Prowse

Nick is a geophysicist operating as a Technical Lead within the Geological & Geophysical Assessments department at Ørsted. He studied Oceanography & Geology at Southampton University and has been working in commercial geoscience industries for 16 years, including working offshore conducting marine seismic surveys on projects throughout the world for O&G, telecoms and offshore wind farm clients. He worked in oil and gas exploration and development on the onshore Taranaki Basin, NZ, maturing the company’s portfolio and developing seismic QI workflows. Latterly he has transitioned into offshore wind, building integrated surface and sub-surface ground models for engineering requirements.

Lucy Williams1

Lucy Williams has worked for 30 years in the oil and gas industry, primarily as a development geologist working on field appraisal and development projects in UK, South Atlantic and Africa. She is past Chair of the Petroleum (now Energy) Group of the GSL, and currently a Trustee and member of Council of the Geological Society. She was involved with the PESGB in the summer of 2020 to deliver their first ever Energy Transition Webinar Series.

1 Member of the Conference Board.

Other members of the Conference Board include Alicia Newton – Director of Science and Communications at the Geological Society and Beverley Smith – Past President of the PESGB.