Ian Phillips

Transition Energiser & Acorn Project Director

Leads on turning the “energy transition” words into a reality

Ian Phillips has over 30 years experience in the upstream oil and gas and climate change industries, including 18 years with oil operating companies (Shell, BP, Marathon and Ramco) and 6 years with a major service company (Halliburton).

In 2007 he became a founding Director of CO2DeepStore Limited, and in 2013 he and his CO2DeepStore colleagues launched Pale Blue Dot Energy – an energy transition business consultancy.

Having spent 5 years as CEO of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre Ian re-joined Pale Blue Dot Energy in March 2020 as Director of the Acorn Hydrogen and CCS Projects.

He obtained an M.Eng. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University (1983), and an MBA through the Open University (1994).  He is also a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute and is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer.

He has long been active with the SPE – having recently chaired the SPE Aberdeen Section for 4 years, and been its Treasurer and Continuing Education Chair.  He has also been North Sea Regional Director on the SPE International Board and a Director of SPE Europe Limited.  He currently chairs the committee running the annual Offshore Achievements Awards.