29 November 2017
|How did you come to be in the oil and gas industry?
Accidentally. In my third year of Mathematics at University I took a vacation job with a Company that turned out to be Oil and Gas. Loved the real world application of Mathematics and became a Geophysicist.
|Aside from low commodity prices what do you believe is the greatest challenge to our industry’s future growth?
Disruption from other industries – renewables for power generation, electric vehicles for petrol, 3D manufacturing for plastics, and social drive for a cleaner society supporting the above. So, demand destruction.
|Where do you see the greatest opportunity in today’s global oil and gas markets and how are you positioned to capture this opportunity?
Emerging markets for power generation and LNG fuel for heavy transport.
|If you could wave a magic wand over our industry, what would you change and why?
Reducing the cycle time from permit acquisition to first production.
|How would you describe your company in one sentence to a new client/partner/investor?
We’re Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company with a global presence, recognised for our world-class capabilities – as an explorer, a developer, a producer and a supplier.
|What takeaways would you like attendees at our Asia Pacific Assembly to go home with regarding your company and your work both in Asia Pacific and further afield?
We believe that technology and innovation are essential to bringing down costs and unlocking future growth.
As the world becomes more interconnected, information, insights and ideas from disparate organisations can be quickly disseminated, shared and built on to deliver new solutions to old problems.
We believe collaborative innovation is key to future growth.
And that's the premise of our Woodside FutureLab network – where we’re growing a community of world-class innovators and forward thinkers inside and outside our organisation.
|What is your proudest work-related achievement to date?
Building an innovative culture.
|What was the wisest advice you received from a mentor?
Do what you enjoy doing.
|What advice would you pass onto a recent graduate wishing to work in oil & gas?
Always keep learning.
|How do you prefer to spend your spare time?
On a squash court.
|What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Jay Peak Snow resort – with indoor waterpark.
|All-time favourite book?
Humans are under-rated
|All-time favourite film?
Star-wars franchise (except JarJar Binks)
|What three items would you take with you to a desert island? (NB: you may not choose a boat, raft, satellite phone or a book on ‘Practical raft-building for Dummies’)
Windsurfer (for surfing and sailing), Kindle fully loaded with solar charger, hammock.
About Shaun Gregory
Shaun Gregory has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Western Australia in Mathematical Geophysics and a Master of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales.
He started his career with BHP Billiton Petroleum in 1992 before joining Woodside in 1996 where he remains today.
Shaun has held a variety of roles in the industry but has a foundation in the exploration of oil and gas as a geophysicist. A specialist in seismic imaging, Shaun has worked on a variety of technology advancements to improve the imaging of oil and gas, in particular depth migration and 4D time lapse seismic.
Although Perth based for most of his career, Shaun has lived for three years in Houston where he led Woodside’s efforts in deepwater exploration, before returning with his wife and family of three children, to corporate headquarters in 2010.
A broad based experience in other parts of oil and gas was obtained with career moves into mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and developments. He has along the way developed strong leadership skills and joined Woodside’s executive team in 2013.
Shaun is passionate about technology and innovation and the role they play in enabling and transforming business. In his current role as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, he oversees Woodside’s technology advancements in LNG, data analytics, IT, cognitive computing and selection of development concepts for Woodside’s growth projects.
Shaun is a member of Dean’s Council for the faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at UWA and is a Board member of Scitech WA.