Jane Whaley is a geologist with 40 years experience in the oil industry, predominantly in the service sector, in technical, managerial, editorial, journalistic and business development capacities. She began her career with Decca Survey undertaking high resolution seismic surveys and was one of the first women to work on survey ships in the North Sea, followed by projects in the Gulf of Mexico and Arabian Gulf, always as the only woman on board. She continued working in this field with Comap Geosurveys and helped set up the company’s Houston and Bahrain offices.
Stepping slightly to the edge of the oil industry for a few years, she helped establish the Irish Marine Data Centre in Dublin, with particular responsibility for data management tasks involving geological, geophysical and bathymetric data. In this role she created a bathymetric database for Ireland and prepared a scoping study for the formation of an Irish Hydrographic Office, as well as helped organise a number of international marine research seminars and meetings.
In the late 1990s Jane joined IHS, based in Tetbury, UK, where she ran the Technical Studies Group. This was a cross-disciplinary team producing multi-client reports that provided analysis, discussion and decision support solutions to the oil and gas industry, including some of the first interactive digital publications in the industry.
Jane has been involved with GEO ExPro Magazine since 2005. Previously Associate Editor, Europe and Africa, she has been Editor in Chief of GEO ExPro since 2010 and has overseen its growth both in hard copy and online into the successful and popular knowledge outlet it has become. She joined the Board of GeoPublishing Limited in 2013.
Jane has been involved in conferences and events since the start of her career. She has been an invited panellist and a speaker and session chair at international conferences such as AAPG Annual Convention, APPEX and SPE conferences.