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Petroleum Group At the forefront of petroleum geoscience...

Each year The Petroleum Group makes awards in recognition of achievements and talent of individuals within the oil exploration sector.

2018 Nominations

The Award nominations for 2018 are now Closed. Nominations for 2019 will open early next year. 

These prestigious medals are awarded at the Petroleum Group's Annual Dinner held at the Natural History Museum, which is one of the most well attended events of the Petroleum sector calendar. This year's award winners are:


Lifetime Achievement Award

Tony Doré

"Tony Doré of Statoil, one of the most well-known, most respected and most recognized petroleum geologists in the UK, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his 40 year contribution to petroleum geoscience in industry. He has  a proven exploration record, leading teams responsible for major discoveries in North West Europe, the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Canada. He has  strong academic interests  and has published extensively. His industry career has been one of achievement through cooperation, innovation and leadership."

Petroleum Group Medal Award

Jonathan Craig 

"Dr Jonathan Craig undoubtedly meets all four criteria to qualify for nomination for the Petroleum Group Medal. Not only in his impact to the success of ENI but his tireless support of academia, mentoring and technical leadership across a variety of fields. He has had enormous influence on many geoscientists across a multitude of companies, countries and cultures. He has authored of more than seventy books,scientific papers and articles on topics as diverse as Exploration Geoscience (including seminal papers on North African Proterozic petroleum systems and the Precambian of the Himalayas and South Asian tectonics), Archaeology (and campaigning for recognition of Harstoft, Britain’s first oil field), Genealogy, Postal History, and the Steam Railways of the Indian Subcontinent and is currently lead editor on two Geological Society Special Publications. Jonathan reaches far beyond his managerial role as a true leader but remains a passionate and curious geoscientist; an exceptional explorer with lasting impact."

Young Petroleum Geoscientist Award

David Riley 

"Dave is an outstanding geoscientist who combines a natural ability for high quality technical evaluation of subsurface data with a flair for communicating his work to diverse audiences at an appropriate and accessible level. Furthermore, he has recently demonstrated his capability as a leader, standing in for his senior at short notice, and in a difficult business environment, showing a maturity beyond his years and managing complex business settings with the same flair that he demonstrates within his technical discipline.
Dave graduated from Oxford University with a first class master’s degree in 2008 where he not only excelled within the university but also externally as demonstrated by his thesis contributing to a publication in a peer reviewed journal. 
He joined BP as a graduate after completion of a successful internship working on a subsurface description of a prospective area in Azerbaijan. He has since worked on a variety of North Sea and West of Shetland assets, consistently leading new initiatives, developing his technical skill portfolio and contributing to the future of BP through line management of interns and technical coaching of graduates. He has also presented his work externally at a number of conferences."

Past Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement

2017 Tony Doré
2014 Richard Hardman

Petroleum Group Medal 

2017 Jonathan Craig
2016 Gro Haatvedt
2015 Alastair Fraser
2014 Mike Daly
Silver Medal
2013 Peter Rose
2012 John Underhill
2011 Malcolm Brown
2010 Joe Cartwright
2009 Bruce Levell
2008 Tony Hayward
2007 Tony Dore
2006 Roy Franklin OBE
2005 Mike Watts
2004 Alan Booth
2003 Dick Selley
2002 Richard Hardman
2001 Harold Reading
2000 Ken Glennie
1999 David Roberts
1998 John Martin
1997 Robert Stoneley
1996 Malcolm Pattinson
1995 John Brooks
1994 Nigel Anstey
1993 Ian Maycock
1992 Myles Bowen
1991 Victor Colter

Young Petroleum Geoscientist of the Year

2017 David Riley
2016 Benjamin Taylor
2015 Ceri Griffith-Swain
2014 Mehdi Yusifov
2013 Fiona Fairhurst

Young Explorer
2011 David Fisher
2010 David Jones
2009 Barnaby Roome
2008 Jeremy Lynch
2007 Kristan Reimann
2006 Bryan Ritchie
2005 John Smallwood
2004 Mark Dalrymple
2003 Simon Stewart