Meet the Board
David Wilson retired as a full-time Engineering Director of ERCE in 2014 but continues to have a key role in our Expert work. David is a founder of ERCE. He has over 50 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and has been involved in all aspects from E&P, to academia, to consulting.
He began his career with Mobil and Shell International, working across Canada, Europe and the Arabian Gulf. He has also been a Reader (Associate Professor) with Imperial College, University of London, and a founder of multiple companies including the original ERC Energy Resource Consultants in 1977, Atlantis Holding AS in 1996, and the restart of ERC Energy Resource Consultants in 2003.
David is one of the world’s foremost specialists in reserve evaluation and was integrally involved in the development of UK reserve reporting standards in the 1980s. As a professional who has worked on assets as an owner at E&P companies, who has evaluated assets as a consultant and taught theoretical and practical aspects of oil and gas recovery as a professor, David has developed technical, oratory and advocacy skills which serve him well during his work as an Expert. He has served as an Expert Witness before the High Courts in the UK as recently as 2014 and previously before such institutions as the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
David is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Metals and Mining. He holds a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Adam Law FGS SPEE
Dr. Adam Law is the founder and Managing Director of ERCE. Since 1994 he has gained extensive experience both as an operator and as a consultant. Adam worked as a Geoscientist for Amerada Hess and as a Geophysicist for British Gas, prior to joining Equipoise Solutions as a Principal Geoscientist in 2003. Adam served as a Director of Geoscience at ERCE until his appointment as Managing Director in 2016.
Adam has worked in a variety of basins around the world and has been involved in all aspects of geoscience analysis, from frontier exploration to field rehabilitation. In recent years he has led the geological and geophysical evaluation of some of largest discoveries in the world, including the onshore Rajasthan field in India, and the offshore Jubilee field in Ghana. At ERCE, Adam is a project manager for acquisition and divestment assistance, and reserves auditing.
Adam is a registered Auditor with the SPEE and certifies reports for a number of stock exchanges as a Competent Person. He holds a PhD in Geophysics from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Science in Exploration Geophysics from London University. He is also a former Officer of the Geological Society of London and has been a member of the Council of the PESGB. He is currently Honorary Treasurer of the Science Council.
Paul Chernik P.Eng SPEE
Paul Chernik has been with ERCE since its inception He works as a Principal Petroleum Engineer on our projects. Since 2001, Paul has gained experience in the oil and gas business in a variety of capacities, from reserve and resource evaluation as an independent auditor in Canada and the UK to acquisition and divestment brokering in investment banking, to process design in oil sands refineries.
Paul brings experience in conventional and unconventional reserve and resource analysis. His unconventional knowledge includes; ultra-tight gas (<0.001 md) and tight oil formations, heavy oil, shale, high sulphur content oil and gas and thermal EOR including CSS and steamflooding.
Paul also spent time in the City of London financial community with Tristone Capital and Macquarie Capital. He is actively involved in many of the ERCE projects which involve valuation.
Paul has provided Expert submissions to court-ordered arbitration proceedings and other dispute processes with respect to corporate fair market valuations and asset valuations.
Paul is a registered Canadian Professional Engineer with the APEGA, and is a certified engineer with the SPE. He holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. He is also a member of the AIPN and the SPEE.
Peter Dolan BSc PhD FGS FRGS FEI CGeol
Peter has had a 50-year career as an exploration geologist in the oil and gas sector after graduating in geology from Southampton University in 1965. He first emigrated to Canada and worked for Mobil before transferring to Libya in 1969. After a 3-year break to do a PhD at U.C.L, he returned to Mobil in Indonesia until 1974. He then worked for Premier Oil in London for 2 years before spending the next 20 years co-founding and serving as a director of several oil industry exploration geoscience consultancies and working on projects worldwide. These consultancies included Dolan & Associates Ltd, IKODA, JEBCO and Ikon Science.
In the mid-1990s he was a co-founder and Chairman of Fusion Oil & Gas, which explored off West Africa and was listed on AIM in 2000. When that was taken over, he and others founded Ophir Energy in 2004 which built a portfolio of deepwater acreage offshore Africa, making very significant gas discoveries.
In 2015, Peter was declared Africa Oil Legend 2015, at the annual Africa Upstream Conference in Cape Town in recognition of his contributions to UK and general E & P activity in Sub-Saharan Africa over the last 20 years.
Peter has numerous other oil business interests including being an advisor to both Impact Oil & Gas and AIM-listed investment company Reabold Resources plc. He is also an investor in numerous early-stage private companies, both within and outside the E&P business.
Peter founded the Geological Society’s ‘City of London Geoscience Forum’, and has been a member and Chairman of numerous committees within the Geological Society over the last 30 years. In 2018 he was awarded the Society’s William Smith Medal which recognises the application of geology in commercial settings. He is actively involved with several other professional bodies, as well as local community and charity activities.
Peter Nicol joined the Board of ERCE in September 2018. Mr Nicol has over 30 years of oil and gas experience in both industry and finance. He is currently Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Audit Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee of Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas Plc and a Non-Executive Director of Touchstone Exploration where he is head of the Reserves Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee. He was previously a partner at GMP Securities Europe and co-head of the London office of Tristone Capital as the Head of Oil and Gas Research and was responsible for initiating coverage for over 60 international E&P companies. Mr. Nicol has also held positions including Global Sector Director of Oil and Gas research at ABN AMRO Bank NV and Head of European Oil and Gas research at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Mr Nicol started his career with British National Oil Corporation in a variety of commercial roles.