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2024 Board Election Results

The 2024 SPEE Board Election has concluded, and the results are in! The membership has elected three new Board Members who will take their seats in January 2024 for a three-year term, concluding in December 2026. The new Board Members elected are:

  • Position 1 – Christina Hilton
  • Position 2 – David Fulford
  • Position 3 – Amna Ali


We wish to thank the SPEE Members who ran for election. SPEE Board members represent the Society as a whole, generating, defining, executing, and supporting various initiatives for growth and progression of the Society. It is the active participation of the membership that continues to make this society highly respected across the industry. We are grateful for the participation of those that voted.

Thank you,

Joe Young, 2023 Past President & Nominating Committee Chair

Position 1

Christina Hilton

Christina has over 18 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. She has been an active member of SPEE since being eligible for membership in 2017.  She served as Secretary of the Dallas Chapter in 2018.  She is passionate about driving best practices and continuous process improvements using the latest technology.

She is Vice President of Engineering at Accelerate Resources, leading the reservoir and data engineering components for acquiring and managing non-operated assets.  She ultimately prepares company cash flow forecasts and offers financial decision-making with the use of Alteryx, a powerful, low-code data preparer and spatial aggregator across SQL servers.  She is well-versed in multiple reserve preparation software and their back-ends.  She also prepares Spotfire and Power BI visualizations for managing the non-operated portfolio across the Midland and Delaware Basins.

Previously, Christina was a partner and Vice President of Reservoir Engineering at Covey Park Energy, where she provided technical expertise, strategic decision-making, and investment thesis execution of reserve uplift from higher proppant loading in Haynesville.  She prepared company reserves reports, lender presentations, and board presentations for lenders and private equity providers.  She developed workflows, templates, and visualizations for corporate strategies, development plans, corporate reserves, reservoir modeling, and rate transient analysis.  She determined SOX procedures and prepared confidential public company filings in preparation for operating as a public company prior to getting bought by Comstock Resources in 2019.

Christina also worked at Juno Energy II, where she determined recoverable reserves, prepared quarterly reserve reconciliations, and reserve reports for banks and private equity providers. Before joining Juno, Christina continued her career at EXCO Resources, moving into a leadership role as Asset Team Lead after working as a Business Development Engineer.  As Asset Team Lead, Christina directed the development of EXCO’s core Haynesville position.  As a Business Development Engineer, she aided in divesting over $1 billion of properties in the Mid-Continent, Rockies, West Texas, and East Texas, acquiring over $1.5 billion of Haynesville and Marcellus acreage and producing assets.

Prior to EXCO, she worked as a reservoir and production engineer for Merit Energy.  She quickly became Merit’s waterflood expert while serving in the multi-disciplinary role of geologist, reservoir, production, and facilities engineer for designing and implementing new waterfloods.  This consisted of mapping the reservoir, evaluating waterflood feasibility, forecasting secondary reserves, determining unit participation factors, sizing production equipment, performing workovers and fracs, and executing artificial lift upgrades.  She also applied classical natural gas engineering techniques, material balance, and volumetrics to evaluate and determine field development plans for Gulf of Mexico assets.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2005 and has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas since 2010. She is also a member of SPE, ADAM Energy Forum, and a guest speaker at the Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas.  She was awarded Oil and Gas Investor’s Top Forty under 40 in 2014.  She resides with her husband and their two daughters in Plano, Texas.  She serves as a volunteer at Prestonwood Baptist Church and has served as Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts of North Texas and HOA Board Member and President of Air Park Dallas, a residential flying community in North Texas.  She enjoys flying with her family to discover new hiking trails.

Position 2

David Fulford

David has over 17 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. He has been involved with SPEE since he first met membership criteria, joining SPEE as an associate member in 2016 after that membership level was introduced and then transitioning to a full member the following year. He is currently an SPEE Houston Chapter Officer and serves as a committee member for SPEE Monograph 5: Construction and Use of Type Well Profiles. In 2018, he created a short course on production forecasting and characterizing GOR/CGR in unconventional plays for the SPEE Annual Meeting.

David currently works for EIV Capital as Senior Vice President of Engineering, EIV Resources, where he leads all reservoir engineering, software engineering, and data engineering roles and responsibilities to build and make use of technology to perform technical underwriting for the acquisition of upstream and midstream assets in the major U.S. unconventional basins. He is responsible for all technical aspects of upstream acquisition evaluations and presenting recommendations to the investment committee, as well as preparation of engineering databases for reserve-based lending to finance acquisitions, reserve evaluations for borrowing base updates, and oversight of third-party reserve audits and reserve reports. In addition, he is also responsible for innovation in traditional oil & gas company processes by building and deploying technology developed both internally and by external partners. Responsibilities in this area include database schema design to store master well data, building back-end database processes and codebases to automate loading of well data reported by operated partners, synchronization of databases with petroleum economics evaluation software, and development of internal software codebases for processing well header, production, and spatial data to perform automated classification of well landing zones, well spacing, parent-child status, generation of analog well sets and type well profiles, etc.

Prior to joining EIV Capital, David was SVP of Engineering for ARM Energy and VP of Engineering for Gryphon Oil & Gas. Gryphon Oil & Gas was a Blackstone-backed company focused on partnering with premier operators to provide capital solutions for non-operated well proposals. Before joining Gryphon, he served as a Sr. Staff Reservoir Engineering for Apache, primarily as global technical lead for asset characterization for Apache’s strategic planning portfolio model, where he worked with executives, managers, and petrotechnical staff to generate corporate-level capital funding scenarios for Apache’s diverse set of international and domestic business groups. In his last role at Apache, he was a founding member of the Data Analytics & Engineering team. He began his career with Devon Energy, serving in various engineering rotations with long-term placement in planning and reserves, where he managed the business group’s portfolio process, advised on characterization of risk and uncertainty, and performed special projects.

David is an expert in unconventional well performance, uncertainty assessment, value-of-information analysis, Bayesian regression, stochastic modeling, and the use of real-options to characterize oil & gas assets. In addition to SPEE, he is also an active member in SPE and other technical reservoir engineering communities, recently giving presentations at the 2022 SPE RTA Workshop and Saga Wisdom’s Sökkvabekkr in 2021, 2022, and 2023. He holds a patent for a probabilistic production forecasting method, has authored over 10 technical papers, and served on various industry technical conference committees. David received a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Position 3

Amna Ali

Amna is an advisor in bp’s corporate reserves team with oversight over a quarter of the company’s oil & gas portfolio as well as CO2 storage resource management. In this role, she ensures compliance with SEC rules for a diverse portfolio of assets in addition to advisory for M&A deals. Amna has 20+ years of industry experience, and prior to her current Reserves Advisor role, she has held Subsurface Lead and Reservoir Engineering positions at bp, Total, and Woodside Energy. She holds a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Amna is active in the SPEE European chapter and has set up the technical meeting programme for 2023-2024, including topics such as SEC Proved Reserves and SPE SRMS. She is also part of the technical committee for the SPE EUROPEC annual conference and has presented five manuscripts at SPE conferences globally, and has held technical committee member and discussion leader roles for SPE workshops.

Amna lives in Richmond, London (an area brought to fame in the US by ‘Ted Lasso’) with her husband and daughter, and together, they enjoy the nature reserve while navigating the unpredictable British weather.


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