UK's Gas Heritage May Become Its Legacy Tom Pickering, Independent Consultant Tom Pickering is an independent consultant to operators and service companies operating in European unconventional gas, and was chairman of the Unconventional Gas Aberdeen 2012 conference held in November. He was a cofounder of Composite Energy, an early entrant into the United Kingdom unconventional sector before it was sold to Dart Energy in a deal worth more than GBP 40 million last year. Earlier in his career, Pickering worked for Amerada Hess in Aberdeen and London in well technology and global asset performance, and as an executive assistant. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen Business School. The United Kingdom is attempting to emulate the unconventional gas bonanza that has transformed the United States from having an energy industry that was in its "sunset" era to a nation rich in energy resources.