Meet our Management Team

Rhod Phillips

Engineering Manager

Rhod Phillips is responsible for our Engineering team. Since 1993 he has worked as an Operations and Reservoir Engineer at both large and small Operating companies, joining ERCE after time spent with Amerada Hess, Regal Petroleum and Fairfield Energy.

Rhod has worked on the Reservoir Engineering of brown-field and new developments world-wide. The wide range of projects includes considerable experience in taking data from the dataroom evaluation stage, through detailed review, analytical and numerical Reservoir Engineering studies to economic evaluation and a Reserves position. His experience of presenting the analyses and results to technical, commercial and Board level audiences means he understands the client’s final requirements.

Rhod has been deeply involved with the Reserves reporting at all of the companies he has worked at. He also has extensive, worldwide experience in operational roles supervising wireline logging, well test and completions operations giving important insights into the acquisition and QC of the client’s data.

Rhod holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from University College London, a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University and is a member of the SPE

Susan Henderson FGS

Geology Manager

Susan is responsible for the Geology department at ERCE where she also works as a Principal Geologist in projects. Sue has significant experience in operations and asset management, having previous roles as Developments Manager and Development Geology Manager for Engie UK and UK annual reserves report coordinator. Before joining ERCE in 2018. Susan has held roles since 1995 at Schlumberger and BG Group before joining Engie (formerly GDF) in 2005.


She has a B.A. In Geology from Cambridge and a M.S.c in Petroleum Geology from Aberdeen University.

Michael Braim

Geophysics Manager

Mike is responsible for the management of the Geophysics Group within ERCE. He coordinates a dynamic and highly technical team, implementing a comprehensive suite of geophysical techniques from pre-stack gather conditioning through to 4D infill target mapping. He has extensive skills in quantitative rock physics, multi-layer depth conversion methods and seismic interpretation which are routinely applied to a multitude of projects worldwide.

He also takes a leading role in a number of our multifaceted audit and subsurface technical projects, integrating datasets from various disciplines to form a comprehensive view on a broad range of subsurface scenarios from prospect identification through to mature field volumetrics.

Michael holds a first class Masters Degree in Geophysics from the University of Leeds and is a member of the EAGE and PESGB.

James Culley

Costs and Economics Manager

James is responsible for the Economics and Cost Group (ECG) at ERCE. He is heavily involved in project work as a Principal Field Development Engineer and has extensive experience in concept screening, project development, cost engineering and estimation. He coordinates a multidiscipline team including process engineers and economists.

Before joining ERCE in 2017, James has gained a broad range of experience within both engineering design consultancies and exploration companies. He has been involved in license applications, project controls, engineering and cost estimating, for both new and brownfield developments world-wide, therefore has good understanding of client requirements and aims. At ERCE, James is growing the technical and commercial capability of the ECG to allow the offering of a complete integrated service from our core sub-surface work to facilities, costs and final valuations.