2019 SPEE Election Results

The 2019 SPEE BOD election has concluded and the results are in!  The membership has elected three new Board Members who will take their seats in January 2020 for a three-year term, concluding in December 2022.  The new Board Members elected are:

  • Shane Hattingh (Europe Chapter)
  • Fred LeGrand (Denver Chapter)
  • Brenda Brown (Dallas Chapter)

We wish to thank all of 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 at large, and especially, the elected leadership of the SPEE, who continue to make this society highly respected across the industry.  This year, 39% of the membership voted in the election.  If you voted, we are grateful for your participation.  If you didn't vote this year, we encourage you to participate in the voting process next year.

Thank you,

SPEE Executive Committee
Simon McDonald, Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
Jennifer Fitzgerald, 2019 President
Robert Green, 2019 Vice-President
Charles Boyette, 2019 Secretary/Treasurer


Shane Hattingh

Shane is a reservoir engineer with 29 years of experience in the petroleum industry.  In 2009 he was a founding member of the Europe Chapter of SPEE; he served on the committee for three years and was Chair in 2015.  He is active in this chapter, presenting talks at quarterly meetings and was involved in an initiative to improve reporting for Reserves Based Lending (RBL) in the UK.  Shane has recently been elected onto the SPEE Reserves Definitions Committee and welcomes the opportunity to increase his involvement in the SPEE by serving on the Board.   

He is currently a Technical Director (Reservoir Engineering) at Gaffney, Cline and Associates, UK, which is widely recognised as a leader in Reserves and Resources reporting.  He conducts and oversees oil and gas Reserves and Resources audits and evaluations, and prepares reports for stock exchange listings, investments, RBL and annual company assessments.  He is well versed and experienced in the reporting requirements of the London and Toronto Stock Exchanges.  At GCA, he co-presides over Quality Assurance in reporting and signs off Competent Persons Reports for public listings.  

Shane began his career as a geophysicist and physics researcher in South Africa.  He then joined the oil industry and trained as a reservoir engineer, acquiring his PhD in applied mathematics using finite elements to model non-linear transient flow in tight fractured reservoirs.  He has in-depth knowledge and experience gained through 12 years of working for oil companies and 17 years in UK based consultancies, including ERCE, PGS Reservoir and GCA.  He has extensive experience in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  He is a hands-on technical specialist in complex simulation studies and is committed to mentoring young professionals.  

Shane is a United Kingdom Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Energy Institute as well as a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the SPEE and the SPE.

He lives in a village in the Hampshire countryside with his wife, Sandra, a professional forest pathologist.  They are passionate about trees, gardening and wildlife, and enjoy walking, cycling and social ballroom dancing.

Fred LeGrand

Fred LeGrand has over 37 years of experience as a Reservoir Engineer working in the U.S., Canada and Central-South America.  Fred has performed petroleum property evaluations for both internal use and SEC public disclosures for a variety of companies.  Fred’s reporting responsibilities have included individual property analysis, acquisition analysis, company level aggregated SEC reporting/analysis, FASB disclosure and reserve reconciliation.

Fred was most recently employed as Senior Manager Reserves for Newpek, LLC and officially retired from Newpek May 3rd of this year.  Job responsibilities for Newpek included reserve evaluation/certification work in both the U.S.and Central-South America.  Fred holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University. He is proficient in many facets of reserve evaluation, economic evaluation and pressure transient analysis. Fred is keenly interested in emerging advanced decline curve techniques utilizing type curve analysis.  

Fred has been a member of SPEE since 2011. Fred’s service to the Society includes not only four years of officer duties for the Denver Chapter but also leadership in three separate “Ethics Hour” presentations for the chapter.  In addition, he has successfully recruited and sponsored two new Denver Chapter members to SPEE.  Statement: “Retirement gives me the free time and flexibility to give back to the SPEE in the form of service to the organization”.

Brenda Brown

Brenda began her career in the manufacturing and design sector, working for small firms in South Texas as a Mechanical Engineer amid the down turn of the industry in the late 1980’s.  After three years, she decided to return to her roots in the Permian Basin where she grew up, and the opportunities in the upstream oil and gas industry.   She began the new chapter of her career in 1994 in Midland, Texas, with small independent company, Parker & Parsley, first as an Operations engineer, working the Spraberry and Permian Basin, and then as Reservoir Engineer.  She continued on as a Reservoir Engineer for much of her career, providing economic modeling and reservoir analysis, and multiple property evaluations for acquisitions, and interest owner acquisitions.  Parker & Parsley merged with Mesa Petroleum in 1998, forming Pioneer Natural Resources and relocating to Irving, Texas. After the move to Dallas, Brenda continued on as Reservoir Engineer for Permian Basin assets, responsible for over 1500 wells in both the units and outside operated properties, doing property evaluations, including JV opportunities.  She was responsible for year-end reserves, corporate budgeting, and lead the team on development planning and drilling programs in the Spraberry.  Brenda transitioned to Sr. Staff Reservoir Engineer on the Business Development team from 2006 – 2008, and then served as Technical Manager of the Mid-Continent Asset Team 2008-2014, guiding reservoir engineers, geoscientists, and engineering and geo techs on her team.  This included several successful drilling programs, and initiating down spacing/field rule changes in the West Panhandle Field of Texas, as well as exploring new development opportunities.  Her most recent role with Pioneer was in Corporate Engineering as Sr. Engineering Training & Development Manager from 2014 - 2019. She retired in May of 2019 after 25 years with Pioneer. 

Brenda has been an active member of SPEE since joining in 2011, has served as a Dallas Chapter officer for the last three years, and is currently serving as Chairman.  She is a 24 year member of SPE, having joined in 1995.  She serves on the boards of several civic volunteer organizations in Dallas, as well.   

Brenda earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.