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This month for our Face Behind the Data profile series, we are excited to introduce, Craig Jones, Business Development Manager. Craig has experience in geophysics, processing data, processing technology, and data management.
Craig’s passion for technology and subsurface data management can be seen through the work he produces. His motto is to always learn and ask the important questions that will lead you to success. We are excited he could contribute his experience to Face Behind the Data, a series of profiles that feature the hard-working employees behind the solutions and services at Katalyst.
What is your educational and work experience background?
After graduating with a physics degree from the University of Leeds and having no idea what to do as a career, I embarked on a Masters in geophysics, which led me to ‘the industry’. I started as a geophysicist processing data at PGS. Soon after, I moved into a department that was rolling out some new processing technology. Following on from a technical background, I moved into a more commercial role within the company. After 10 years with PGS, I spent a year in a different industry, but found I couldn’t resist the lure of data management, and joined Katalyst. I have been Business Development Manager for the past 2 and a half years.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
Training staff and rolling out new technology was a very rewarding part of my career, culminating in working offshore Nigeria and being somewhat stranded at the office when the Icelandic volcano blew its top.
Did you grow up wanting to be a data manager?
Like many others, I dreamt of many careers growing up. However, I am a strong believer that taking opportunities and having a background knowledge of the subsurface data gives real world insight into the importance of proper data governance.
How did you get here?
Thankfully, a former colleague recommended me to my current colleague Angus Craig who was VP of the region at the time. We met for an interview which turned out to be more of conversations about the industry and sharing knowledge and the rest is history.
What are some big lessons learned and/or challenges faced along the way?
When I first started my career, I wanted to know as much as possible and thought not knowing something would make me look unknowledgeable. Asking questions and making sure you really understand something is far more valuable than worrying you won’t look like you know what you are doing.
What advice do you have for people beginning their career?
As I have said before, do not be afraid to take opportunities and try something different. Be flexible and try to enjoy what you do because you will be doing it for a long long time.
Are there any organizations or volunteer groups that you are passionate about?
I am quite a family man and enjoy giving back to the community. I volunteer at my son’s Hockey club and help coach his rugby team. Recently, I participated in the open water swim at the Serpentine lake in London for a local children’s charity.
What are some of your favorite things to do and/or places to visit outside of work?
Watching my sons play sports on cold winter mornings is a joy. The best place to visit is Twickenham for an England rugby game and now one of my sons is old enough to enjoy the day out, which is just fantastic. I also enjoy getting out on my bike regularly. I am somewhat of a fair weather cyclist who usually ends the ride in the pub.