Our team

Avatar Investments Limited consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced consultants each a specialist in his field.

Dr. Adrian Durrant PrEng, BSc, PhD, FRGS

 

Adrian is a Director of Avatar Investments Ltd, that has a close network of trusted associates with expertise and proven experience in technical, business and investment projects, worldwide. He has known and worked with his co-director at Avatar, Martin Sanderson, for over 25 years.

 

Adrian has lived and worked in the UK, India, Africa, Australia, Holland, the US, Germany, Spain and Italy. He holds a doctorate in engineering, and was registered as a professional engineer (PrEng) in 1993. His experience covers large-scale civil infrastructure projects, energy, natural resources, business and financial services.

 

For a number of years Adrian consulted to Martin Sanderson, who was the then Managing Director of the Aircraft Operating Company. In this role Adrian advised on the mapping and evaluation of property, mineral asset and civil infrastructure of a number of African countries, deploying airborne surveying techniques and geographical information systems. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), London, in 1989.

 

In addition to engineering, Adrian has international business performance improvement experience with KPMG Management Consulting and has also worked in offshore financial services; having raised in excess of USD500 million in investment capital, and advised on an investment portfolio of some USD2 billion.

 

Adrian is a part-time lecturer in energy engineering, turbomachinery and business at the University of Suffolk. In addition to the above, he provides hands-on troubleshooting services to the power generation industry, worldwide. In this capacity he has worked at the first site in the UK to be awarded a fracking licence.

 

 

José Luis Camargo

Geophysical Consultant

 

José is a dynamic and very enthusiastic Geophysicist with a wide and extensive experience worldwide.  José has worked with various Geophysical contractors (CGG, Geokinetics, PGS, Suelopetrol, Terrex Geophysical and BGP) in Africa, Australia and South America, then in multiple technical and consultant positions with several major Oil and Gas Companies (BG, PDO, CNPC, Petronas, Repsol, Shell, PDVSA, PEMEX, Petromanas, Chevron and ConocoPhillips) in East Europe, FSU countries, Africa, Middle East and South America.  José holds a Geophysics Engineer degree and is active member of the SEG and EAGE.  

 

Jose expertise cover the following areas; seismic, micro-seismic, VSP, Gravity, EM and geology.  In addition his experience cover a broad range of geophysical environments such as shallow water, swamp, desert, rural and urban areas, forest, jungle, mountains, savannah, lakes, rivers, deltas, developed onshore fields and UXO/ERW areas.

 

José has lived and worked in Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Russia, Albania, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Libya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Oman, Yemen, Sudan (north and South), Irak (KRI), and Australia. In addition to English he  speaks Spanish and Italian. Also he possesses a reasonable level of Czech.

 

José has strong technical background and extensive knowledge in oil&gas exploration, mining and geophysical research.    His experience includes design, planning, acquisition, processing, interpretation and management of field operations. Line project management and/or Safety, Health, Environment and Security (SHE&S) management of Geophysical projects. 

 

Strong man-management skills, with ability to anticipate and resolve problems on own initiative and escalate issues appropriately. Very innovative, proactive, self-motivated and highly dedicated to meaningful and profitable work. 

Martin Sanderson

Airborne Exploration Consultant

 

Martin is a Director of Avatar Investments Ltd, and has known and worked with his co-director at Avatar, Adrian Durrant, for over 25 years.

 

Martin, a British Citizen, grew up in Rhodesia but worked and lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, for most of his life, returning to the UK in 2011. He studied computer science at the University of South Africa but dropped out to lead the transformation of Aircraft Operating Company (AOC) into a digital computer mapping and engineering company. This led to the formation of Hightech Software which he founded after developing a civil engineering package known as Promap. Promap was marketed by AOC under license. His experience in this field resulted in his acceptance as a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers.

 

Having completed his Business Management studies at Damelin Business School in Johannesburg, he was appointed Managing Director of AOC in 1984. Looking for new opportunities for AOC he had a number of the company’s aircraft converted to undertake airborne geophysical surveys. From then until this division of the company was sold to Fugro in 2000, the company carried out geophysical airborne surveys throughout Africa and as far afield as Spain, Norway, Seychelles, India, Canada and Brazil. AOC undertook these surveys for most of the major international mining and oil companies. He also consulted to Anglo American on a number of projects.

 

Business experience includes contract negotiations with international aid agencies including the World Bank, due diligence processes, innovation, and for the final 5 years before he sold his majority shares in AOC to the AAM Group of Australia focused on the financial management of the company. Having sold his interests in the company in 2008, he continued as Managing Director for a further two years as a consultant, in all serving for 25 years in that position. 

 

News

Avatar is working with an energy company looking to joint venture in North Africa.

 

Assisting government agencies with fracking related initiatives in the UK.

 

Involved in a condition based monitoring system for power generation in the UK.

 

Investigating government training requirements in the Middle East.

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Environment - best practice

Avatar provides services to support best practices in protecting the environment and the wellbeing of communities through innovative monitoring.

 

There is a growing awareness that authorities such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are providing reassurance that fracking will be undertaken in the best interests of the community. View the HSE presentation here.

 

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