Who we are

Exploration Options has a core staff of employees, supplemented by Associate Consultants who provide services as required to fulfil client needs. Our Consultants generally have over 20 years diverse experience from oil majors, gained within Norway and worldwide. Based on an extensive network within Norway and overseas, we source and deliver Professionals of the highest caliber.

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Richard Birtles


Richard Birtles is the founder and managing director of Exploration Options. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for 34 years in a broad range of upstream roles.  The initial 20 years were in Shell International where he held diverse technical and leadership roles in Exploration. More recently he has provided advisory and management services in Business Development, Strategy and Resource Assessment. Richard has participated in the USGS World Energy Consortium for the estimation of worldwide resources.

Richard's most recent consultant roles have included Exploration advisory, Norway Portfolio Manager; leadership of divestments from datarooms to deal completion; and Asset Manager for fields during  pre-sanction and late-life & decommissioning planning stages.

Richard will be available for consultancy services from November 2015.

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John Park


John is Resourcing Adviser for Exploration Options, and is currently expanding our Professional Network and Associate Consultant Base.

John brings a wealth of experience from an international career in Shell. He is a geophysicist by background and worked for 28 years as an E&P professional, during which he took part in oil and gas exploration and development projects on five continents. After his last technical assignment, as Exploration & Development Manager for Shell Temir (Kazakhstan), John moved into Human Resources where he worked for 8 years, specialising in international resourcing and talent management in Shell E&P


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