Acoustic Data, headquartered in Woking, United Kingdom, is the global leader in wireless downhole communication and command-driven electro-mechanical technology for the Oil & Gas and Underground Energy Storage industries. Uniquely, the company's proprietary acoustic telemetry systems can be used for real-time downhole data acquisition and equipment command+control across the entire well lifecycle, from drill stem testing surface-read-out to multi-year applications such as production optimisation and barrier verification.

Investors: The company is backed by Energy Growth Momentum, a London-based private equity fund, and Alturki Ventures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Interview: Acoustic Data's CEO with OGV


Mike Mannering

Mike is an experienced Chairman and Director with over 40 years in oil & gas exploration and production. He held many senior corporate positions within Schlumberger, including President of Rig Management, responsible for rigs contracted by IPM and for equity participation in rig joint ventures, and is currently a Director of the Arabian Drilling Company. Additionally, he was the Director of Songa Offshore, advisor to several Private Equity funds, and Chairman and Investor in Navetas Energy Management until its sale in 2017. He is a British citizen who resides in the U.K.

John Wilson
Investor Director

John is a growth capital investor, investing in high-growth private companies in the energy sector. He is a founding member of Energy Growth Momentum LLP and holds several non-executive roles in operating companies. Prior to EGM, he worked at Simmons & Company and Lime Rock Partners, where he played a key role in analyzing and monitoring oilfield service and E&P investment opportunities internationally. He holds a MA Joint Honours in Economics and International Relations and a Corporate Finance Diploma from ICAEW and CISI.


Mark Tolley
Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder | Director

Mark is an Australian Petroleum Engineer who has over 35 years of global experience in oil & gas exploration and production. He envisioned the SonicGauge™ System in the early 1990s and guided it to a technical reality in recent years. He is experienced in financial markets, investor relations, general management, project and production operations management, production technology, reservoir engineering, and well site operations. He has particular experience in the CIS and is fluent in the Russian language.

Jesse Tolley
Chief Commercial Officer | Co-Founder | Director

Jesse is a New Zealand citizen with over 15 years of global experience in oilfield services and investment banking. Co-founding Acoustic Data in 2012, he has managed investor relations and capital raising, the technology and patent roadmap, channel partners and technology integration, sales and marketing, and executive recruitment. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Canterbury. He has particular experience in Asia-Pacific and Latin America and is fluent in the Spanish language.

Guy Mason
Chief Technology Officer

Guy is a British citizen with 30 years of experience in oil & gas sensors and instrumentation for both drilling and production. Prior to joining Acoustic Data, he was a Technical Director for Baker Hughes, GE (formerly Sondex), where he spent 17 years bringing new products to market. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Physics before joining Schlumberger Wireline & Testing. He has worked extensively in MENA and LATAM and holds numerous patents.

Matthew Norgate
Chief Operations Officer

Matthew is a British citizen with over 20 years of global experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily focused on downhole data acquisition and sensors. Prior to joining Acoustic Data, he worked for Baker Hughes, GE, where he held several senior operational, commercial, and product management roles in their Wireline businesses. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Modern Language (French) from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from Imperial College.