Keith is Chief Executive Officer of VESTIGO Petroleum, a PETRONAS owned marginal field development specialist, with responsibility for monetizing marginal and co-located hydrocarbon resources using innovative and cost effective development solutions.
Prior to this, Keith helmed Petrofac in Malaysia and was responsible for delivering the Berantai and West Desaru fields into production as well as being part of the team that achieved first oil from the Cendor field in 2006.
Keith has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry having graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1983. His early career was spent with Conoco, Texaco and Hess, majoring in drilling, completion and petroleum engineering before running a sub-surface consultancy business for 13 years.
Keith has considerable industry experience in management, drilling, completion and field development activities. He started his career in 1983 working for Conoco as a Drilling Engineer based in the UK. In 1990 he joined Texaco in a role as team leader for various drilling campaigns and then moved to Hess to lead the subsea completion effort on a major field development.
From an essentially technical background he has since developed his leadership and business skills over the past 20 years by setting up and running a sub-surface consultancy business in the UK in 1993, that ultimately consisted of over a 100 people with an annual turnover in excess of £15 million and then in 2005 heading Petrofac’s business in Malaysia.
As Country Manager for Petrofac Malaysia he was responsible for all aspects of Petrofac’s investment business in the country as well as being the in-country focal point for all Petrofac services businesses. He played a pivotal role is developing new business within Malaysia that allowed the company to grow and develop considerably up to 2013 as evidenced by the number of employees increasing from 15 in 2005 to over 1700.
Since October 2013 he has been the CEO of VESTIGO Petroleum. During this time the company has delivered its first offshore field development and is successfully managing a field operation for PCSB. The organisation has grown to suit the activity levels and currently consists of around 70 professional staff. A viable, value creating business plan has been formulated and is being implemented to enable small and marginal fields to be consistently developed economically.
Key Areas of Expertise
- Marginal field developments
- Building strong relationships
- Organisational change management
- Business Development
- Commercial and contractual negotiations
- Business Leadership
B.Sc. (Hons) Upper Second Class Chemical Engineering, Manchester University Institute of Science and Technology: 1980 – 1983