Shale gas extraction

Shale gas extractionWorking Group

The Shale gas extraction study is led by a Working Group chaired by Professor Robert Mair CBE FREng FRS.

Professor Michael Bickle FRS

Mike Bickle is based in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University. His research focuses on tectonics and geochemistry, with his most recent work examining fluid-mineral reaction kinetics associated with geological carbon sequestration. He is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage and is also the NERC Chair of the UK Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP) advisory committee.

Dr Dougal Goodman OBE FREng

Dougal Goodman is Chief Executive of The Foundation for Science and Technology. He is also non-executive Chairman of the Lighthill Risk Network, a consortium of insurance companies working to bridge the gap between the insurance market and the research community. He was formerly Deputy Director of the British Antarctic Survey and a General Manager at BP during which time he was Head of Safety. He holds visiting chairs at University College London and Cranfield University.

Professor Robert Mair CBE FREng FRS

Robert Mair is the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University and was Master of Jesus College 2001-11. He was Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-11, and is a founding Director of the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. He has specialised throughout his career in underground construction, including soft ground tunnelling, retaining structures, deep excavations and foundations and has advised on many projects worldwide. In the UK he has been closely involved with the design and construction of the Jubilee Line Extension for London Underground, and with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now HS1) and Crossrail projects. He is Chief Engineering Adviser to the Laing O’Rourke Group.

Dr John Roberts CBE FREng

John Roberts has been the Chairman of the Royal Bank of Canada (Europe) Limited since 2009. He is also currently Chairman of Halite Energy Group Limited, which champions underground gas storage, as well as Bluebay Asset Management Limited, which specialises in fixed income and alternative investment products, and Blackrock New Energy Investment Trust. He is an advisor to Fortis European Clean Energy Fund, Trustee of Ecofin Research Foundation, and Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside.

Professor Richard Selley

Dick Selley is Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology and a Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He has researched, taught and practiced petroleum exploration for fifty years, and in the mid 1980s he identified the scale and location of the UK’s shale gas resources. He has spent most of his career at Imperial College, with the exception of several years working for oil companies in Libya, Greenland and the North Sea. He was a member of Conoco's exploration team that found the Lyell, Murchison and Hutton fields. He has provided consultancy services across the world, and is currently a consultant on shale gas to the Crown Estate Commissioners via the Energy Contract Company Limited.

Professor Zoe Shipton

Zoe Shipton is a Professor within the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, with previous lectureships at the University of Glasgow and Trinity College Dublin. Her current research focuses on the 3D structure and permeability architecture of faults, with the aim of better understanding the evolution of fault zone structures and the migration of fluids through the Earth’s crust. She has carried out consultancy work for Cluff Geothermal Limited, BHP Billiton and StatoilHydro.

Professor Hywel Thomas FREng FRS

Hywel Thomas is a Professor within the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at Cardiff University, where he is also Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement, and Director of the Geoenvironmental Research Centre. His research focuses on generating an improved understanding of the engineering behaviour of unsaturated soil, with the application of research to industry being one of his main priorities. He is currently Principal Investigator for a Welsh European Funding Office project on Earth energy related problems, including underground gas flows. He has experience working with consulting engineers Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and Partners.

Professor Paul Younger FREng

Paul Younger is a Professor at the Institute for Research on Sustainability at Newcastle University. He is a hydrogeologist and environmental engineer, and is renowned for his pioneering research and outreach programme in community based, ecologically integrated remediation techniques for water pollution and abandoned mines. He is a Director at Cluff Geothermal Limited, which focuses on geothermal energy, and Five-Quarter Energy Limited, which champions the extraction of coal gas in the UK.