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Toby Darling was educated at The Pilgrim’s School and Winchester

College before gaining a scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford, where
he graduated with a degree in physics in 1982. He immediately joined
Shell International Petroleum Maatschappij (SIPM). After initial training
in The Hague, he was posted to Thai Shell from 1983 to 1984, working
as a wellsite petroleum engineer. In 1984 he was posted to SIPM in The
Hague, working on secondment to the Exploration seismic group; in 1986
he transferred to the Shell Research Laboratories (KSEPL), where he
worked on a number of novel logging techniques, including the develop-
ment of LWD tools. In 1989 he was seconded to Petronas Carigali Sdn
Bhd in Miri, Malaysia, where he worked as an operational petrophysicist
in the Baram Delta region. In 1992, he moved to Shell Expro in Aberdeen,
working as a petrophysicist and team leader for a number of North Sea
fields. In 1997 he transferred to Shell Expro’s exploration department in
London, where he worked until 1999 before leaving Shell to form his own
consultancy. Since 1999 he has worked as a consultant to a number of oil
companies, most recently on contract to BAPETCO in Cairo. He is
married with two sons.