Leadership Team

  LUKE JOHNSON   CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER  Luke is a geologist with over 15 years international oilfield experience across various technical and management roles. Luke began his career in Australia as a research scientist, before joining Chevron Australia in 2005. Within Chevron, Luke’s technical ability and business acumen had him leading the Southern Africa Strategic Business unit reservoir management team by the age of 30, comprising petrophysicists, geophysicists, geologists and data management professionals.  Luke left Chevron to develop his own opportunities, eventually founding and seed funding Cognitive Geology in Scotland, with the intention of developing pragmatic software solutions to pain points he encountered in his career.

LUKE JOHNSON

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Luke is a geologist with over 15 years international oilfield experience across various technical and management roles. Luke began his career in Australia as a research scientist, before joining Chevron Australia in 2005. Within Chevron, Luke’s technical ability and business acumen had him leading the Southern Africa Strategic Business unit reservoir management team by the age of 30, comprising petrophysicists, geophysicists, geologists and data management professionals.

Luke left Chevron to develop his own opportunities, eventually founding and seed funding Cognitive Geology in Scotland, with the intention of developing pragmatic software solutions to pain points he encountered in his career.

  EILEEN MCLAREN   CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER   A specialist in scaling engineering teams, Eileen joins the Cognitive team to help take us from startup to global supplier. Eileen was instrumental in helping grow the teams at Skyscanner and Fanduel, and also spent time with ThoughtWorks - the leading agile delivery services company - helping their clients evolve engineering teams.  Eileen uses here coaching skills in helping develop people and teams, and believes in balancing growth with the ever present delivery demands on the engineering team.

EILEEN MCLAREN

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER 

A specialist in scaling engineering teams, Eileen joins the Cognitive team to help take us from startup to global supplier. Eileen was instrumental in helping grow the teams at Skyscanner and Fanduel, and also spent time with ThoughtWorks - the leading agile delivery services company - helping their clients evolve engineering teams.

Eileen uses here coaching skills in helping develop people and teams, and believes in balancing growth with the ever present delivery demands on the engineering team.

  PETER RAYMANT   CHIEF GEOLOGIST  Through his 42 years of oilfield experience, working with some of the world’s leading companies including BP and Shell, Peter is a recognised thought leader in petroleum geosciences. An innovative person by nature, Peter has been at the forefront of technology development throughout his career, from the foundation of digital geological modelling to setting Shell’s global corporate standards for geological mapping and working with Shell on advanced modelling techniques including the introduction of realistic 3D structural modelling and the integration of discipline interpretations in geological modelling. Expert Petrel and Jewel suite user as well as other systems.  Peter is the embodiment of the geological “domain expert”. His critical review of all aspects of our software ensures that our products are as pragmatic as they are powerful, directly addressing the key pain points of the end user within our customers’ business units.

PETER RAYMANT

CHIEF GEOLOGIST

Through his 42 years of oilfield experience, working with some of the world’s leading companies including BP and Shell, Peter is a recognised thought leader in petroleum geosciences. An innovative person by nature, Peter has been at the forefront of technology development throughout his career, from the foundation of digital geological modelling to setting Shell’s global corporate standards for geological mapping and working with Shell on advanced modelling techniques including the introduction of realistic 3D structural modelling and the integration of discipline interpretations in geological modelling. Expert Petrel and Jewel suite user as well as other systems.

Peter is the embodiment of the geological “domain expert”. His critical review of all aspects of our software ensures that our products are as pragmatic as they are powerful, directly addressing the key pain points of the end user within our customers’ business units.

 
  ALEX SHIELL   CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER  With nearly 2 decades of commercial development experience, Alex leads our technical team as CTO. A full stack developer, with skills across the board, Alex brings vision to our code architecture, and excellence to its execution. Alex is an expert in C# and .NET, and has been trained by world experts in the Agile methodology for rapid commercial software development. An early employee of Skyscanner, Alex is well versed with setting a framework capable of scaling, whilst growing world-class software development teams

ALEX SHIELL

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

With nearly 2 decades of commercial development experience, Alex leads our technical team as CTO. A full stack developer, with skills across the board, Alex brings vision to our code architecture, and excellence to its execution. Alex is an expert in C# and .NET, and has been trained by world experts in the Agile methodology for rapid commercial software development. An early employee of Skyscanner, Alex is well versed with setting a framework capable of scaling, whilst growing world-class software development teams

  LAURENCE ORMEROD   CHAIRMAN  Laurence is a professional director, chairing three oilfield technology companies and residing as Non-Executive Director of three others. With 37 years’ petroleum engineering experience, including leading the sale as CEO of EPS to Weatherford in 2004, Laurence has helped develop entrepreneurial companies for the best part of two decades.  Laurence brings a wealth of industry knowledge and professional connections to the Cognitive Geology Board, and has been central in the development of our corporate growth strategy.

LAURENCE ORMEROD

CHAIRMAN

Laurence is a professional director, chairing three oilfield technology companies and residing as Non-Executive Director of three others. With 37 years’ petroleum engineering experience, including leading the sale as CEO of EPS to Weatherford in 2004, Laurence has helped develop entrepreneurial companies for the best part of two decades.

Laurence brings a wealth of industry knowledge and professional connections to the Cognitive Geology Board, and has been central in the development of our corporate growth strategy.