PETEX 2024 Convenors


Hamish Wilson – Azuli International
Hamish leads Azuli International, a global CCS company.  Their purpose is to develop projects to decarbonise industry and to create a new asset class based around managing carbon dioxide and hydrogen enabled by carbon capture.They have successfully proven the business model in the USA with a track record in project delivery. Hamish’s role is the culmination of 40 years in the oil and energy industry, starting out with BP as a geologist before running consultancies specialising in exploration, and then founding a renewable energy start up. Having straddled both renewable energy and oil and gas has made him committed to bringing oil and gas geoscience and capital project disciplines to solving climate change. His new venture is the result and focusses these skills onto developing projects that take carbon emissions and sequesters these underground. He is passionate about finding integrated solutions to stimulate climate action and in creating commercial structures that leverage the capital necessary to transform our economies for the low carbon future.

Howard Nicholls – TGS
Howard graduated from University College London in 1986 with a degree in Geology and started in the industry as a Junior Seismic Processor at Geosource. In 1989 he moved to TGS (formerly Spectrum), where he has now worked for over 35 years. Initially learning his trade processing land data from onshore UK before moving into marine seismic processing, his career in the Imaging Department spanned several technical positions. These roles have taken him all over the world, including working in Argentina & Libya and supervising regional offices in Cairo, Jakarta and Beijing. After an 8-year stint working in the Operations team for the Multi-Client department, he is now back in the Imaging Team at TGS, with a responsibility for Imaging Sales in the Eastern Hemisphere.


Leila Evans – University of Strathclyde
Leila is a GeoNetZero CDT PhD Researcher at University of Strathclyde looking at the impact of human bias and uncertainty on geological models, specifically our fault and fracture models and the decision making beyond these. A geoscientist by background, she has a BSc in Earth Science from University of Glasgow and an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience from University of Aberdeen.After her MSc, Leila worked as an Engineering Geologist and was involved in large civil projects as site geologist in the Scottish Highlands as well as designing rock fall mitigation measures in St Helena. She then worked in the satellite mapping team at CGG before moving to Edinburgh where she gained wide experience as a geoscientist in exploration and New Ventures at Cairn Energy (now Capricorn Energy), working on projects in the North Sea, Eastern Med, Africa & Australia.Leila has previously been involved in the Aberdeen PESGB YP committee and enjoys mountain biking and ski touring in her local mountains in the Cairngorms.


Tim Gibbons – Hoolock Consulting
Tim has a BA in Physics from University of Oxford and a MSc in Exploration Geophysics from Imperial College, London.  He started work as a geophysicist for BP in 1988 in London before moving to Aberdeen.  There he also worked for Elf Exploration before his love of technology brought a move into the service sector in 1997.  Since then he has worked for Landmark, Paradigm and TGS in a variety of managerial, sales and business development roles.In 2015, Tim founded Hoolock Consulting to provide sales consulting and training services to technology and engineering companies.  He is the author of The Equation of Sales, a practical guide to selling technology.  He is also the host of a podcast series called Solving the Equation of Sales.  He has been a member of the GESGB for longer than he can remember and helped to establish the Sales and Marketing SIG in 2022.