Tim Sanderson


Tim has enjoyed a broad-ranging career in international oil exploration and scientific research. His early work included the study of ice-sheet dynamics in Antarctica and plate tectonics and active volcanoes in Iceland, California and Italy.

In 1982 he joined BP to lead research into frontier exploration risks in Arctic regions, and subsequently worked on reservoir simulation, petroleum engineering and economic analysis. Tim was then appointed commercial manager of Central North Sea operations, with specific responsibility for strategic planning and performance management. He was a member of the team which transformed the company’s strategic direction during the 1990s. Since then, Tim was specialized in devising and running training courses which give hands-on experience of strategy in action.

He has a degree in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Imperial College, London.




Tony spent some 30+ years with BP in a variety of technical, commercial and executive management roles in Europe, Asia, Australasia, West Africa, South America and the US. His most recent position was as Commercial Director with particular responsibility for business development across the Middle East. In 2006, Tony set up Oil Experience Ltd, a networked consultancy consisting of some 400 former major oil company professionals; the business was sold to RPS in 2007.

Tony was one of the two founders of White Rose Energy, a company focused on E&P in West Africa, backed financially by Riverstone Private Equity and is Chairman of Oil and Gas London and Sub-Salt Solutions.


Peter Andrews


Peter spent 30 years with BP, his early career encompassing a variety of administrative and commercial roles in Shipping, Refining and HR. The majority of his time was spent in upstream commercial functions where he held successive appointments as Commercial Manager in the Southern North Sea, Norway and Vietnam. He spent three years in the Specialized Finance division and then became Vice-President Commercial and Asset Management in the Global Power Business.

In 2001 Peter left to work as an independent consultant and has contracted for several companies providing commercial, recruitment and training services. He has led, developed and/or lectured on several courses including Project Finance, Advanced Economic Analysis and Epex-World.

Peter has worked in the UK, Netherlands, China, Norway, Vietnam and the USA.


Graham Baxter


Graham is an experienced oil and gas executive having spent more than 30 years in the industry mostly with Britoil / BP. He has worked in most areas of the upstream business from field mapping to government lobbying and CSR.

Starting as a geologist, Graham transferred to the commercial function in ’86 and has worked in a wide variety of roles including strategic and business planning, commercial management, financial control and commercial staff development. In ‘98, Graham moved to Baltimore with BP Solar where he was Chief of Staff. In 2003, Graham moved to BP’s London HQ to manage corporate responsibility communications including serving on the Board of EITI, a global transparency initiative.

Graham left BP in 2007 to join the not-for-profit business organisation, the International Business Leaders Forum where he was Global Programmes Director and Acting CEO. He worked with member companies on the role of responsible business in social development.




Anthony is an Independent Oil and Gas professional, providing part time non-executive advisory and training services to the sector, specialising in strategy, business development and the gas chain.

He has a broad range of expertise having worked for over 30 years with BP in various technical, commercial, gas and leadership roles. He has spent most of his career involved with International assets including postings to New Zealand, Indonesia, Egypt and the UAE. His most recent BP position was CFO for the Middle East and S. Asia E&P companies, with responsibility for Finance and Business Development. Other senior roles within BP include Commercial Director for Angola, Project Director for Egypt LNG and Business Development Director for N. Africa.

He has a degree in Geology from University College, London and a Post graduate Diploma in Business Studies. He is also a Chartered Engineer following his early days as a Petroleum Engineer in the N. Sea. He is on the advisory board of various community organisations.




Helen has been in the oil and gas industry for 30 years. The first 10 years were spent as a geologist with BP gaining a wide experience in many basins around the world.

This was followed by 15 years at Statoil in a number of commercial and management roles in the upstream sector including Vice President International Strategy, management of joint ventures encompassing the value chain from exploration to production and gas sales and Exploration Manager in Brazil.

Since 2008 she has worked as an independent consultant advising on Acquisition and Divestments and portfolio management within the sector.

Helen has lived and worked in the UK, Norway, Vietnam, China, the USA, the Netherlands and Brazil.




Graham is an internationally-experienced Oil, Gas & Power professional with an excellent track record in delivering successful outcomes. An honours graduate in Economics, he spent over 32 years with BP, working in the Corporate Centre and the Upstream and Gas Sectors. He has extensive experience of working with governments and national oil companies and international Joint Venture management/negotiation. He has also managed multi-national and multi-cultural teams.

Graham has been a director of power and LNG companies, and has lived and worked in Canada, Venezuela, Spain, the USA and Abu Dhabi. He was the commercial manager for a UK major oilfield start-up and managed application of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (Phase 1) on behalf of all owners. He also has experience in oilfield carbon capture schemes.




Professional engineer with thirty six years of experience in BP and the Oil and Gas Industry, working as a manager, reservoir engineer and petroleum engineer, in several different locations including the UK North Sea, North America and the Middle East.

During his time with BP, he worked in a variety of roles which included well site operations, reservoir studies, business audit, staff development, subsurface team management , partner/National Oil Company relationships and most recently as a Regional Authority for resource and reserves assessment.

Chartered Engineer and Member of the IMMM and the Society of Petroleum Engineers for over 20 years.




Nigel is an independent consultant to the Oil and Gas industry, providing advisory and training services, focusing on business, major projects and operations management.

He has a broad range of expertise having worked 35 years with BP in various technical, project and business management roles. Over half his BP career was on International assignments in the Middle East, Far East, North Africa and Europe. He ran BP’s upstream business in Abu Dhabi, BP Egypt’s developing Mediterranean gas business, was President Director of a petrochemicals JV in Indonesia and Project Director for restructuring a European refinery.

He has a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Warwick and attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard. He is a Chartered Engineer, sits on the Technical Advisory Group of Dubai Petroleum and is a Trustee for various community youth organisations.




Jamila has worked in both the private and public sectors, where she has enjoyed roles in Commercial Management, International Government Relations and Policy Development. Over a 15-year period with BP, Jamila had early exposure to the downstream business before moving into upstream commercial negotiations and strategic planning. She contributed to BP’s first Production Sharing Agreement with Algeria and its entry into the upstream business in Russia.

After working as Policy Advisor within Group External Affairs for the Caspian Region, Jamila spent 2 years on secondment to the British Embassy in Washington DC, expanding her policy experience as 1st Secretary, Justice & Home Affairs. After returning to BP as Programme Director, Climate Change, Jamila later became Project & Strategy Manager for the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change.

Jamila has a BSc. in Chemistry & French from the University of Sussex, and a D. Phil in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.




Bruce is an internationally experienced subsurface reservoir engineer with over thirty years with BP working in numerous countries including Egypt, The Netherlands and various locations around the UK. He has worked as a subsurface team leader, a senior level engineer and over 6 years as an EpexWorld course leader and trainer.

He has worked across Operations, New Projects and Sub-surface on field developments, mergers and acquisitions, gas contracts, joint ventures and new field start-up to cessation of production across the range from deep water assets to land operations.

He graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a Masters of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering and a Honours Bachelors degree in Offshore Mechanical Engineering.

Currently Bruce is an advisor with the UK Oil and Gas Authority on the UK reserves and resources and CO2 storage.




Steve is an exploration petroleum geoscientist with over 30 years’ experience in a number of international companies. He now specialises in all aspects of exploration new ventures. He has a strong technical background in geology and geophysics but also experience in assessing non-technical risk including economic, commercial and political.

Within the past 10 years he has been European New Ventures Manager for Shell, New Ventures Advisor to the CEO of an AIM listed independent and New Ventures Manager for a Japanese IOC. In all of these roles he helped develop new venture strategy and negotiate new acreage positions. He is used to working in joint venture partnerships and liaising with national oil companies, governments and other national licensing bodies.

Steve offers a breadth of experience in exploration project management including work flow, technical QC, portfolio, and technical and non-technical risk assessment.

Steve has a BSc. in Geology from the University of London and is a member of the EAEG and the PESGB




Originally an operational Petroleum Engineer, Colin Marshall has worked in the commercial domain during the last 25 years. Colin held a number of upstream Commercial and Business Development roles with a variety of companies, including BP, Hess, Salamander, Talisman, and Murphy.  

Most of his 30 years oil & gas experience has been spent overseas (Holland, Norway, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore).  Colin has particular expertise in business development, negotiations, joint venture management, gas markets, and unitizations.

He also has significant experience with LNG, notably with the greenfield Tangguh project in Indonesia. 

He holds a BSc in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Southampton.