The RGU Oil and Gas Institute is led by industry experts and academics.
Paul de Leeuw
Paul has worked for nearly 30 years in the oil and gas industry and has worked for a number of companies, including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica Energy. His broad business and deep commercial background include senior leadership roles in strategy, commercial, business development, planning and supply chain.
Before joining Robert Gordon University in July 2014, Paul was the Strategy and Commercial Director for Centrica Energy’s upstream business. He is currently the Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at Robert Gordon University, Chairman of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Chairman of PlanSea, a Board member of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre and Vice-chairman of Robert Gordon College. Paul is also a regular commentator on developments in the oil and gas industry.
Paul holds a Master degree (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Twente (Netherlands) and a MBA from the Cass Business School (UK).
Peter Howell is Drilling & Wells Excellence Manager in the Oil and Gas Institute at RGU. He was previously Wells Manager for TAQA in the UK and prior to that ran the ADTI drilling and completions “turnkey” business in Aberdeen. He originally graduated as a Mechanical Engineer and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Peter has been in the oil industry for 34 years working mostly in the UK and Norway.
His experience includes drilling and well engineering, offshore drilling operations management, rig facilities design and operation, contracting and business management.
Phil joined RGU from BP, and brings more than 28 years of experience as a senior oil & gas professional, with a proven track record of knowledge, and achievement in Drilling and Wells Operations. Phil has spent the last 15 years in learning and development leadership roles, expanding the learning experience gained utilising Drilling and Well Control Simulators, similar to the RGU Drilling and Wells, P&A Simulators in Aberdeen.
Phil said: “I am delighted to be part of the RGU oil and gas institute at this challenging time for the industry and I am keen to expand the RGU DART Simulators capabilities further for the oil and gas industry to take advantage of our technology, in improving their business performance whether that be in drilling or wells performance, de-commissioning P&A requirements in reducing costs for such projects by accessing our simulator facilities.
Janet joined the Oil & Gas Institute in 2015 and has worked for Shell and several oil related service companies in various Commercial and Administration roles. She holds a BA Hons in Business Management and an M.A. in Social Science.
Sumin joined the team in 2017 to provide project management and business analytical insights to the institute.
She has 7 years of dynamic work experience in the oil and gas industry. Her career originated in the ship/offshore unit building sector. Later, she developed her profession in risk management HSE field whilst working for Chevron offshore projects.
Sumin holds a BSc in biotechnology and an MBA in Oil and Gas Management. She is also a qualified rescue diver and enjoys painting.