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Alison Goligher OBE

Executive Chairman Silixa Ltd

Think beyond the conventional. At school, I spurned the standard advice to think about a career in areas such as medicine and the law. I actually harboured ambitions to become an astronaut. I liked the idea of big problems without answers, and to my mind astronomy offered that kind of a challenge. The concept of pursuing something different has probably been a theme throughout my career. I didn’t always know what I wanted to do or to be, but I knew what I DIDN’T want to pursue. At one point I applied to the RAF to study aeronautical engineering, but discovered they didn’t accept women at that time…

Originally from Northern Ireland, Alison Goligher joined the oil & gas industry after securing a degree in mathematical physics. Travels during her study years whetted her appetite to broaden her horizons, and over the years she’s worked in countries ranging from Brunei and Indonesia to the United States.

She spent 17 years with Schlumberger Oilfield Services, reaching the role of vice president and general manager for cased hole services at the organisation’s wireline headquarters in Paris. Alison then joined Shell E&P Europe and has held several corporate-level roles, latterly responsible for the growth of its international unconventionals business. Her contribution to the industry was recognised in 2005 when she was awarded an OBE.

Managing Director Schumberger UK (Aberdeen)

MSc Petroleum Engineering Heriot Watt



2004: Schlumberger IPM President (London)

Schlumberger Field Engineer SE Asia

1996: Technology Product Champion (Paris)






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