Ian Davison is Joint Managing Director of GEO International Ltd. and Earthmoves Ltd. Ian received a BSc honours degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Leeds, and then went on to complete a PhD on Precambrian mobile belts in Mali, NW Africa at Montpellier and Leeds Universities. After this, he joined the British National Oil Company in Glasgow for three years where he was involved in International Exploration in NW Europe. He then broke from the routine and moved to Salvador in NE Brazil where he lectured in Basin Dynamics, Tectonics and Precambrian Geology for five years. During this time he consulted extensively for Petrobras, and Brazilian mining companies.
He returned to the UK in 1989 and became a Senior Lecturer in Structural Geology at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he directed the Salt Tectonics Research Group. He founded Earthmoves Ltd., in 1990, an international oil exploration consultancy, and has been involved with exploration and salt tectonics consultancy work for over one hundred oil companies exploring the Atlantic margins and Europe in the last 25 years.
Ian has published over sixty papers in scientific journals and books. He speaks fluent French, and Portuguese.
Matthew Taylor is Joint Director of GEO International Ltd, Richmond International Geoscience (RIG) Ltd. and is also Exploration Director for Chariot Oil & Gas. Matthew has developed a Global Basin Ranking Product which is a high level basin screening tool. He is widely recognised as a talented and effective International Exploration Geologist who has built and managed acreage portfolios in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for a number of companies.
Prior to re-activating his consulting business in 2006, Matthew was General Manager of the London and Oman offices for Hunt Oil and also their International Exploration Manager. He was instrumental in the development of the Hunt exploration portfolio, with licenses in West Africa, Oman and Europe.
Matthew was director of Taylor Exploration Associates Ltd. (TEAL), advising a list of client companies on Africa, Europe and South America over a period of 3 years. In his 15 year career prior to TEAL he worked for BP, BHP and Triton Energy. He has been a key player in the teams discovering over 1 billion barrels of oil in Africa.
He has been particularly successful in building an acreage portfolio and managing the exploration of that acreage, marketing to new partner companies, managing existing partners and liaising with relevant authorities.
Matthew graduated from Durham University in 1980 with an honours degree in Geology. He has written and presented papers at numerous conferences.