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Caroline Gill

Lead Geologist Shell UK Ltd

I wouldn’t ever describe myself as particularly ambitious. I’ve always had quite a bit of self-doubt but then I’ve always surprised myself. I don’t think it was ambition that drove me to work so hard to get academic results; it was actually worrying that I couldn’t do it and settling for only a modest grade, but then getting something better. In general, my way of coping with low confidence and self-doubt has been to over-prepare. I’ve given over 50 conference presentations. Initially I would have known every word that I would say; it’s only experience that has given me that bit more confidence to turn up and do it without feeling that I had clobbered it to absolute death. I’m more ambitious in my personal life: there are outdoor challenges I still aim to tackle!

With a 1st in geology from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh – where she undertook industry- sponsored research on the structural evolution of the Northern North Sea – Caroline Gill has gone on to become an active and prominent member of the international petroleum community.

By the end of her PhD work she knew the oil & gas industry was for her. She joined Shell UK and shaped a career which led to her becoming lead geologist for its operated assets. A past Aberdeen director of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Caroline is also a member of the Petroleum Group Committee of the Geological Society of London; she is a past member of the society’s Science Committee. She has presented at a range of major conferences and has had her work published in several peer reviewed journals.

Graduate PhD Petroleum Geoscience Production Geologist, Shell UK

Summer placement: Amerada Hess

Mountain Leader Award




Oil & Gas UK overall excellence award




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