About GPL

GeoPartners Limited is an established international geophysical consultancy operating from our headquarters in London's Mayfair, specialising in the creation, acquisition, marketing and financing of Multi-Client Projects and whose principals (see below) are highly experienced seismic industry professionals with a proven track record of establishing and developing new companies and business models in a wide range of commercial environments. Over forty MC projects have been completed to date since we were founded in 2009, partnering with some of the geophysical industry's leading companies such as CGG, BGP, TGS , Shearwater and DUG etc., and using the latest available technology to ensure the highest possible quality standards. We are especially proud of our relationships with, and support from, our African Ministry and National Oil Company partners. 

Our focus is on the following business opportunities:- 

GeoPartners Principals

Elwyn Jones

Founder and Director of GeoPartners Limited. Previously held roles include Senior Vice-President of the CGGVeritas Data Library from 1997 to 2009, Vice-President of PetroAlliance/Western Geophysical's Marine division from 1995 to 1997, President of DG Seis/Caspian Geophysical and Digicon Exploration Limited from 1993 to 1995 and 1989 to 1993, respectively. 

Jim Gulland

Founder and Director of GeoPartners Limited.  Previously held roles include Geophysical Operations Management in Shell from 1985 to 1999, Business Development roles in Western Geophysical, Veritas DGC Limited and CGGVeritas. Experience includes previous Licensing Round in South Africa, Namibia and Gabon.

John Church

John Church is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience across a variety of industries, having worked with both small and large companies in the private and quoted arenas. He became involved in the oil and gas industry in 2008 and joined GeoPartners in 2009. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


Ben Sayers

Co-founder of Future Energy Consultants, a UK based upstream oil and gas consultancy, established in 2021 which is primarily focused on Africa. He is an experienced business and project developer with over 15 years MC seismic acquisition experience. Previous roles include Director of Africa, Mediterranean and Middle East for TGS; and a Senior Geoscientist for an onshore exploration company Gulfsands Petroleum based in Morocco. 

James Dodson

BSc. Geology and MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from The University of Manchester. Founder of Future Energy Consultants, a specialist upstream hydrocarbon exploration focused company. Formally Sales Manager and Business Development Manager for TGS in the AME region. Experience working with African governments and NOCs and IOCs. 


Alessandro Colla

Founder of TROIS Geoconsulting BV an exploration consultancy based in The Netherlands, focusing on sub-Sahara Africa. Previously held several international management and business development positions with Aerodat, Scintrex, PGW and Fugro in Canada, South America (Chile, Brasil) and Europe (Spain, Netherlands). Former, Regional Geomarket Director for Sub Sahara Africa for the CGG Group, based in The Hague, Netherlands from 2013-2019. Recent Experience includes several large seismic programs in Gabon, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique.

Marc Guillon

Founder of MGGS bv, a company specializing in MC Seismic Models in cooperation with National Oil Companies and Ministries in Africa. Marc has previously held senior Business Development roles with Dolphin, BOS and PGS, with extensive experience in West Africa.