Simon Todd is a native of Ireland, has BSc. (1st class honours) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in geological science from the University of Bristol. In the early part of his 24 year career with BP, Dr Todd worked as a geologist, firstly in frontier and international exploration, working on the former Soviet Union and the Far East, then on the Andrew field development in the North Sea. Dr Todd pursued a management career, leading BP E&P businesses in the North Sea, Lower 48 USA, Trinidad, and the Gulf of Mexico. The last three years of his BP career involved change at the corporate level in the post-Macondo BP world. Dr Todd retired from BP in 2014 and after a brief sabbatical, co-founded a startup effort, Cascade Production LLC, aimed at infrastructure investment in the deep water. Dr Todd is currently focused on advisory roles and consultancy assignments through his own firm, Capriole Energy Consultancy LLC.