With a career spanning over 15 years in the Drilling Industry Leon has pushed the forefront of implementing developments to Coal Bed Methane and Coal Mine Methane drilling technologies and methodologies. With operations experience and working up through the ranks into senior management roles he continues to bridge the concept-to-commercial gap in commercializing CMM, CBM and Shale projects in existing and emerging markets globally.

Leon grew up on and around drilling rigs with the family water well drilling business. He drilled his first wells under instruction from his father whilst still at high school and has carried on a passion for drilling operations and engineering ever since.

Over the last four years Leon has focused on the development of emerging markets such as Russia & China whilst in the role of Vice President of China, Russia & Mongolia for the mid size private company Mitchell Group. Successfully establishing contracts with the likes Gazprom, Evraz, Sinopec & CUCBM and realizing the establishment of operations and country first milestones in Russia with Surface to Inseam drilling and under reaming completion.

Leon’s core skill sets surround developing and managing operations and further the management & executing of Drilling and Project engineering, proven recently with successful FEED study delivery for CBM & CMM projects in Siberia and as part of a successful Shale Gas tender bid in China.

Outside of operations and management experience Leon has conducted drilling engineering services such as: Torque & Drag modeling, Hydraulics modeling including multiphase flows, equipment suitability (rig / circulating system / pipe / BHA / casing design etc), ODP input, Drilling design, Drilling & Completion, Full FEED services etc for Australia, Africa, China, Russia, Korea, India & Europe.

Having lived in China and worked intimately in Siberia starting new projects Leon has an excellent understanding of what it takes to develop a market from scratch and make it commercial.