E&P Directors

With a solid 25+ years’ experience in the energy industry and an extensive network of skilled professional associates, E&P Consulting build teams with the right skills for the challenge at hand.

Our extensive workforce of data and information management specialists enables us to provide you with unbiased expert advice founded on decades of experience in our field.

Our team have established long-term trusted advisor relationships with clients built on quality, reliability and trust.

Gerard Lyons

Commercial & Financial

Responsible for ensuring E&P Consulting’s operations are delivered efficiently and cost effectively, while optimising delivery and client satisfaction.

Gerard started his career supporting the global oil trading technical environments at a supermajor in London, before moving into management of large scale projects and programmes at both mid cap and major upstream operators. He is certified as a project and programme manager by the PMI and APMG, holds Chartered IT Professional status with the BCS, and has supplemented broad business experience with an MBA from one of the UK’s top 10 business schools. He has a successful delivery record across a wide range of domains within the industry, encompassing logistics, HSSE, sub surface interpretation and visualisation, drilling and well engineering, and production optimisation.

Gerard particularly enjoys the specific challenges of working outside Europe, and the myriad cultural, business and logistical complexities posed by clients with a non Western way of operating. He has travelled and worked across Africa and Asia, and speaks fluent Japanese. 

Ian Kennedy

Wells Partner and Americas Business Development Lead

Responsible for developing and promoting E&P Consulting’s services to ensure that value is realised from technologies supporting the functions within exploration and production organisations.

Ian started his career as a API Certified Technician, servicing downhole tools for various service companies before studying business and IT at university. Combining his qualifications, technical, oilfield and IT experience over the last 25 years, Ian has worked with major oil, gas and service companies, and leading systems integrators to optimise the use of information technology. His passion is in applying the appropriate mix of people, process and technology to solving industry challenges. 

Supporting oil and gas organisations globally, Ian created solutions ranging from process transformation through to technology adoption and operation. Ian founded and led one of the industry’s largest Drilling IT projects and support teams with 6 of the top oil companies using the team’s services and expertise to lead fundamental change in these organisations. Activities ranged from building the case for change and providing technology road maps, through to design and deployment of complex drilling systems.

John Draper


Responsible for working with clients to help deliver their strategy and realise the benefits through deployment of new workflows and technology.

John has worked in project and programme delivery for more than 20 years, and in upstream oil and gas for 17 years. He has worked for a number of major oil and gas companies, and has run projects and programmes deploying new technology and processes across sub-surface, drilling, operations and engineering. Previously John was responsible for all engineering and operations in an automotive supplier.

He built a new strategy for the use of technology, data and workflows in the drilling department of a supermajor and supported the ensuing transformation. He established and managed a large delivery team of 100+ staff in a large upstream operator’s exploration function and delivered $1Billion of value through a large portfolio of programmes.

Candice Garza

Americas Business Unit Lead | Recruitment Manager

Responsible for guaranteeing successful placement of Technical Upstream Oil & Gas professionals, marketing, business development and account management in our North American province.

Candice is a native Houstonian who grew up in Central, TX where the small-town mentality was to help and support the community and those alike.  This mindset had an impact on her professional career when she was approached to become a recruiter for a boutique staffing firm in 2001.  Shortly after, Candice decided to transition into a Corporate Recruitment role with a national mortgage firm, then moved on to work with KBR, Tenaris Global Services and companies alike.  The last 10 years of her career has been dedicated in supporting recruitment and account management efforts within the Oil & Gas domain.  More recently, she transitioned into a Management role supporting Business Development and staffing efforts in the United States for multinational technology firms. She has 18 years combined experience in engaging and attracting candidates from all walks of life.  Her practical knowledge in staffing and recruitment specific to Upstream Oil & Gas along with the eagerness to achieve success in her field is why Candice takes pleasure in what she does.

Ian Stewart

Subsurface Partner and Europe Business Development Lead

Responsible for developing and promoting E&P Consulting’s services to ensure that value is realised from technologies supporting the functions within exploration and production organisations.

Ian has spent over 20 years working within the Energy Industry delivering Digital Technology solutions to a wide range of customers. Ian has worked with major oil, gas and service companies, and leading systems integrators to deliver business value across several different domains and disciplines ranging from Enterprise Service Desk & Desktop Support through to Datacentre & Cloud Migration. He has spent much of the last 10 years focused on the Subsurface and Wells Domain and has delivered projects across Real time Drilling Data, Wells Data Management, Subsurface and Wells Application Development & Maintenance.

Ian has a passion for new technology and working with customers to apply current industry trends & best practice to maximise the business value delivered by Information Technology. He has recently driven the adoption of new Digital Technologies and Processes within the Global Subsurface Technology Platform of a Super Major to accelerate the delivery of market leading capability and functionality to the business.