IPFC Directors and Officers

IPFC Directors and Officers

The IPFC Board of Directors is the governing body of  The International Perforating Forum Company. IPFC Board of Directors oversees many of IPFC’s administrative and operating responsibilities.

IPFC Directors

  • Mark Brinsden
  • James Barker
  • John ‘JW’ Segura

IPFC Officers

Secretary and Interim Vice-President

Mark Brinsden Email

Mark S Brinsden is a Senior Production Technologist, Principal Technical Expert and Team Lead - Perforating for Shell's global business, with a focus on delivering well performance and safety from effective perforating. He runs a functional team of Subject Matter Experts and focal points throughout the Shell Global organization to help deliver results at field level. Mark has a BSc from Edinburgh University and has 35 years of industry experience covering many of the operating areas across the world. He is Chair of API RP 19B perforating committee and President and co-founder of the International Perforating Forum and International Perforating Symposium Series, as well as www.perforators.org an industry group dedicated to the advancement of perforating technology. He is active with the SPE as Chairman of the SPE Energy Information Committee, an SPE Aberdeen Board Member, an SPE Journal Technical Editor and has presented numerous papers at conferences. He travels widely throughout Shell's global assets to provide advanced training in Perforating Optimization and detailed help with delivering optimal inflow performance from the more complex reservoirs. He is also working with several manufacturers and contractors to develop new perforating technologies and is inventor and co-inventor of several gun systems under development

James Barker Email

James Barker is a Halliburton Technology Fellow and the technical chief for Perforating Technology at Halliburton’s Jet Research Center division at Alvarado, Texas.  His work is focused on the development and testing of perforating systems, especially in the areas of specialty explosives and thermal decomposition kinetics. His further work at Jet Research Center encompasses explosive safety, process safety management, and regulatory compliance. James has over 36 years of industry experience and has held various engineering and engineering management positions during his career.  In addition to perforating systems, his broader technical background includes the development of downhole completion equipment and cased-hole wireline tools.  James holds a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He has received over 30 patents related to explosive devices and downhole oil tools, has published and presented papers, and serves in leadership roles in several technical organizations within the explosives and oil & gas communities including Board of Governors and Steering Committee for the Institute of Makers of Explosives; Director and Secretary for the International Perforating Forum Company; co-chairman for the 2016 International Perforating Symposium; and co-chairman overseeing the revision of the API RP67 document, Recommended Practice for Oilfield Explosives Safety.

John ‘JW’ Segura Email

John “JW” Segura is Weatherford’s Global Product Line Manager for Perforating, Pipe Recovery, and Mechanical Services. Having focused on deep water and deep well operations, JW helped develop, test, and successfully deploy ultra-high pressure Pipe Recovery services in the Gulf of Mexico, in environments up to 30,000psi. He is a published author and presenter for the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Artificial Lift R&D Council (ALRDC). JW has published work in SPE One Petro and several periodicals including SPE Drilling & Completion. With 35 years of experience in wireline and energetic operations, JW serves within several industry technical organizations, including: Director and Treasurer of the International Perforating Forum Company, Steering Committee overseeing the revision of the API RP67 document, Recommended Practice for Oilfield Explosives Safety, and the API RP19B document, Perforator Witnessing Program. JW remains an active participant in the operations arena and has several patent applications filed for new and improved tools and processes within the Perforating and Pipe Recovery disciplines.