Ben Taylor, a 29-year-old Production Geologist primarily working on the Shearwater field in the North Sea, has received the prestigious Young Petroleum Geoscientist of the Year Award. He is the third Shell employee to win the award in the last four years.
Ben, a graduate of both the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen, collected his award during the Geological Society Petroleum Group’s annual dinner on June 23 at London’s iconic Natural History Museum.
“ It was humbling to be nominated, but to win is something I never expected. It’s quite a surreal feeling and I feel very privileged,” says Ben.
From a young age Ben had ambitions of serving as an officer in the British Army. However his career aspirations altered when he discovered the vast opportunities available in geology and geoscience.
“When I was on my MSc in Aberdeen I was sponsored by Shell, which opened a number of doors,” says Ben. “I was able to meet a lot of graduates, and by talking with them I got a firm idea of the type of work I could do, and the scope of the training and travel available. The more I learned about the company, the more I wanted to be part of it.
“I take a lot of satisfaction from the work I do and I’m grateful Shell has given me the opportunity to get involved with large-scale projects that I can really sink my teeth into.”
“Ben is a very smart guy, and has a strong work ethic,” says David Jones, fellow geologist who nominated Ben for the award. “He has been given a lot of responsibility for someone at such an early stage of their career but he’s demonstrated time and again that he can exceed expectations. When faced with big challenges he doesn’t shy away but calmly and diligently tackles the issue. He has always been keen to learn and expand his knowledge, and we are more than happy to help him continue developing. ” says David.
The award, now in its fourth year, has previously been claimed by Shell geologists Fiona Fairhurst and Ceri Griffith-Swain. Shell’s commitment to employing, nurturing and developing the geoscientists of the future is clearly paying dividends.
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