chevron upstream europe geologist crowned mentor of the year

Alex Fordham, geologist within Chevron Upstream Europe’s non-operated joint ventures (NOJV) team, was among those who secured accolades at the 2017 Oil & Gas UK Awards as she was named Mentor of the Year.

More than 500 people from across the sector gathered to celebrate individual and company achievements at the Aberdeen ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Justin Webb and organised by Oil & Gas UK.

The Mentor of the Year Award recognises the vital role mentors play and the extraordinary commitment of these individuals to learning and improvement across the industry.

Alex Fordham, geologist in Chevron Upstream Europe

Chevron Upstream Europe geologist Alex Fordham was named mentor of the year in recognition of her commitment to continous learning across industry.

As part of the NOJV team at CUE, Alex specialises in stratigraphic interpretation, reservoir modelling and play-fairway analysis. In her nine years with CUE, her acumen, accessibility and commitment to mentoring has helped provide Chevron with a strong pool of competent geoscientists. Her skills are not just confined to Chevron employees; she has mentored, motivated and inspired more than 1000 school pupils through the TechFest ‘STEM in the Pipeline’ educational programme.

Of her win, Alex said: “I am completely humbled to be recognised by my peers and named Mentor of the Year. Sustaining the talent pipeline with qualified, competent and passionate geoscientists is critical to increasing recovery from existing assets and unlocking new reserves in the future.

“It’s exciting to work in such a dynamic and innovative industry that is driven by technological advancement. Having the opportunity to foster that excitement in others – at such a young age – is extremely rewarding and I consider myself lucky to tell the story of oil and gas, while playing my part in inspiring the next generation.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “Our awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the good news stories and positive developments that continue to happen despite the difficulties many in our industry still face.

“Our judges had a tough job sifting through really great nominations which also serve as another reminder of the dedication of those working in our sector and the faith they have in the future of the North Sea which still holds billions of barrels of oil and gas.”

Alex’s mentoring efforts have helped to ensure that Chevron is building the organisational capability needed for future success, whilst also bringing benefit to the wider local community. She mentors within the framework of Chevron’s Geoscience Community of Practice, which focuses on collaboration, knowledge transfer and the sharing of technical expertise- all vital components to building organisational capability across this discipline.

Greta Lydecker, managing director, concluded: "We are honoured to have Alex represent our organisation as a nominee for ‘Mentor of the Year. She embodies our values of 'lead, mentor, inspire' by demonstrating focus and commitment to her evolving geoscience career, supporting her colleagues and contributing to the local community through her involvement with TechFest. She is an outstanding role model both inside and outside the company."