Alison joined Silixa in July 2016 as Executive Chairman. She has spent her career in the energy sector in a wide range of functional and operational roles. After 18 years at Schlumberger, she embarked on a career with Royal Dutch Shell holding various roles, including the position of Executive Vice President of the tight/shale oil and gas activities within the company’s Upstream International Division.
She has been Independent Non-Executive Director of United Utilities Group PLC since August, 2016; and Non-Executive Director of Meggitt PLC since October, 2014.
She holds a BSc in Mathematical Physics from Edinburgh University, a Master of Engineering degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University, as well as honorary degrees from Dundee University and Heriot Watt University.
Ms Goligher is a member of SPE, SPWLA, IoD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was recognised as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Oil and Gas Industry in the UK.
Chief Executive Officer
Glynn joined Silixa in 2017 in the capacity of CEO. He has over 30 years’ experience in the field of data acquisition in the upstream oil and gas industry having held various senior management level positions around the globe. After his early employment with major service companies specialising in well testing, Glynn co-founded Sensa, an early pioneer of fibre optic temperature sensing solutions, backed by 3i and Lime Rock Partners. After the sale of Sensa to Schlumberger in 2001, he acted as an independent director on a number of private equity backed businesses and then became full-time Chief Executive of SPS International prior to its acquisition by Mi-Swaco (a Schlumberger Company).
Most recently Glynn has continued to work closely with the Private Equity sector and emerging upstream technologies.
He holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Wales and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Chief Financial Officer
Yomi is the Chief Financial Officer, which incorporates all finance functions together with human resources and corporate administrative functions. He also holds the position of Company Secretary. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), with over 15 years’ experience in Accounting and Finance, and holds a first degree in Zoology. Yomi has been responsible for delivering outstanding service to the business covering accounting, finance, budgeting, forecasting, implementing and driving corporate and financial strategies and policies.
Mahmoud co-founded Silixa in April 2007 to develop and commercialise the next generation of optical fibre sensors. Mahmoud previously co-founded Sensornet in 1998 and as CEO grew the company from its two-man roots to a successful, internationally-operating company and a rapidly-growing turnover.
Mahmoud is the joint winner of two DTI SMART awards, the prestigious 2000 Manufacturing Metrology for World Class Manufacturing Award (Frontier Science and Measurement).
Fauzia Farooq, PhD
Head of Contracts and Intellectual Property
Fauzia leads on the management of Silixa’s intellectual property portfolio. She also has responsibility for identifying development partners for distributed fibre optic sensing applications outside of Oil and Gas, for example in Transportation, Security and Civil Engineering.
Fauzia has over 10 years’ experience in the protection, development and commercialisation of academic research from King’s College, London and Cambridge University. She worked primarily across the physical sciences and engineering. Fauzia holds a Graduate Diploma in Law and a PhD in Liquid Crystal Chemistry.
Chief Product Officer
Garth joined Silixa in 2015 in the capacity of Chief Product Officer. He has over 20 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry and holds a BSc in electronic engineering and an MSc in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Prior to joining Silixa Garth was Vice President of Monitoring and Control at Tendeka where he was responsible for electronic and fibre optic monitoring systems, wireless inflow control and software. Garth joined Tendeka through their acquisition of FloQuest, a software and interpretation business he founded in 2006. Before founding FloQuest Garth held various positions within Schlumberger, including product champion for fibre optic and subsea monitoring.
He has authored several papers and holds a number of patents on monitoring applications.
Michael Mondanos, PhD
Vice President – Oil & Gas SURF, Environmental & Infrastructure
Michael joined Silixa as a Business Development Manager for industrial monitoring applications in 2011. Prior to joining the company, he worked a number of years in the field as a Senior Engineer and Project Manager.
Michael holds a master’s degree in Communications & Radio Engineering from King’s College and a PhD in optical fibre instrumentation from Imperial College, University of London.
Michael is responsible for expanding upon Silixa’s position as a leading provider of distributed sensing technology into larger scale projects serving the downstream oil & gas and pipeline sectors while continuing to grow Silixa’s presence outside the energy sector.
He has authored several international publications and is a widely acknowledged expert within the energy industry.
Vice President – Silixa LLC
Peter has 30 years of experience in both field operations and line management, having worked in a variety of roles, including operations vice president, reservoir characterization and interpretation services, strategic development unconventional resources, and production technology integration. Prior to joining Silixa, Peter was Vice President of Schlumberger’s Technology Integration for Production Services.
As Vice President of Technology Integration for production he was responsible for a global integrated multi-discipline team including senior technical advisors and project managers focused on the integration of technologies, processes, and operational execution on multiple simultaneous projects focused on the full upstream workflow. His experience spans many different locations, including the US, Middle East, and Europe.
Peter joined Silixa in April 2017 as General Manager of the Houston based, Silixa LLC. In his current role, Peter is responsible for daily operations and the delivery of services for Silixa’s distributed sensing services throughout North and South America.
Business Development Manager – Oil & Gas
Craig Milne joined Silixa in 2012 following a 15 year career in the Wireline division of Schlumberger Oilfield Services. Within Schlumberger Craig held operational and management positions in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He holds a degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde.
Tom Parker, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Tom co-founded Silixa in 2007 and is Silixa’s Chief Technology Officer.
As CTO, Tom takes the lead with the development of Silixa’s iDAS and ULTIMA DTS range of instruments and oversees Silixa’s application-specific development projects.
Tom’s awards include the Metrology for World Class Manufacturing Award and British Telecom Technological Innovation Award for an extremely fine-resolution optical wavelength meter.
Sergey Shatalin, PhD
Sergey, one of Silixa’s founders, has worked continuously in optical fibre R&D for the past 28 years, almost exclusively in fibre sensing systems.
He has experience in academia and industry in both his native Russia and in the UK, having published more than 50 scientific papers and 5 patent applications.
Sergey has filled a variety of roles in R&D and prior to joining Silixa he was the Director of R&D for a Russian telecom equipment supplier. Previous to this, Sergey led the development of a polarization microscope for Oxford University and a distributed polarization and disturbance sensor for Surrey University spin-out Polarmetrix.
Cross Well Solutions Advisor – Unconventional
Craig helped pioneer Hydraulic Fracture Mapping (HFM) 35 years ago while on the team processing the first commercial jobs. Prior to joining Silixa, he was the recognized HFM expert at Schlumberger, processing live downhole jobs as Principal Microseismic Geophysicist. His innovations included interactive anisotropy calibration, dipping layer velocity models, off-site live processing by satellite and various data format conversion applications. He solved the problems encountered by other geophysicists on a daily basis. Craig also has 3 years of experience processing large 3D VSPs and 7 years mapping a CO2 flood with time-lapse cross-well tomography.
His career covers the full range of borehole seismic. Since joining Silixa, he is adapting microseismic detection and location software to use iDAS input and he is sharing his microseismic knowledge and background.
Vice President – Oil & Gas
Amer joined Silixa in 2019 in the capacity of VP Oil & Gas.
He brings over 19 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry having held various senior level positions around the globe with major international service companies. His expertise extends to downhole technology, wireline, drilling measurements and artificial lift in conventional and unconventional applications.
Prior to joining Silixa, Amer served as Vice President of BHGE’s Downhole Technology portfolio and Executive Director for the Cased Hole & Open Hole Wireline business units.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in Providence, USA and a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge USA.