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Background of members of Council 2014/2015

Name Expertise Background
Mrs Natalyn Ala  Hydrogeology  Industry 
Dr Mike Armitage  Mining  Industry 
Dr Nigel Cassidy
Geophysics
Academe 
Prof Neil Chapman  Radioactive Waste Management  Industry 
Dr Angela Coe Sedimentology & Stratigraphy Academe
Mr Jim Coppard Mineral Exploration      Industry 
Mr David Cragg  Engineering Geology  Industry 
Mrs Jane Dottridge Hydrogeology  Industry 
Mr Chris Eccles  Engineering Geology     Industry 
Dr Marie Edmonds  Igneous Petrology, Volcanology, Geochemistry  Academe 
Prof Alastair Fraser  Petroleum Geology  Academe 
Mr David Hopkins
Extractive Industries Industry 
Mr David Jones  Hydrogeology Government 
Dr Adam Law  Petroleum Geology  Industry 
Prof Alan Lord  Micropalaeontology  Museum 
Prof David Manning Mineralogy  Academe 
Dr Brian Marker OBE  Environmental Geology  Retired 
Dr Gary Nichols  Sedimentology  Industry
Prof David Norbury
Engineering Geology
Industry
Dr Colin North  Sedimentology Academe 
Mr Keith Seymour Hydrogeology
Retired
Dr Lucy Slater  Petroleum Geology/Geophysics  Industry 
Mr Michael Young  Geophysics      Government/Industry 

Brief biographies of members of Council 2014/2015

Natalyn AlaNatalyn Ala

I am dedicated to developing geoscience students and professionals through chartership and beyond, and believe that the more challenging the problem, the greater the capacity for learning. I believe the Geological Society, in collaboration with other international institutions, can play an important role in ensuring the environmentally sustainable use of water and energy resources.

I am a Director at Atkins and a practising contaminant hydrogeologist with 25 years’ international experience. I have a BS in Engineering Geology and an MS in Hydrogeology from Texas A&M University. I’m a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist, and a Registered Geologist in California. I am active in other professional organisations, serve as chair of the Professional Committee for the Society and prior to that role was a scrutineer. I have provided training courses, lectures and presentations/publications for international conferences and technical journals in groundwater risk assessment and modelling.

My professional and business experience will provide valuable support to the Council. I will focus my efforts on promoting the Society’s collaboration and interaction with international organisations, expanding the Society’s influence and technical participation in the contaminated land and hydrogeology professions, and continuing to support the development of geoscience professionals.

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Mike ArmitageMike Armitage

I am currently Chairman of SRK Consulting and, after a spell as a mine geologist, have spent the last 20 years working as a consulting geologist reviewing and working on exploration and mining projects throughout the world. I completed my degree at the University of Cardiff and my PhD at the University of Bristol and am a Chartered Engineer as well as a Chartered Geologist. I have written several papers on resource estimation methodology and have helped develop several international resource reporting codes. For many years I was joint course co-ordinator of an MSc at Cardiff and until last year was the external examiner for an MSc at Imperial College.

I have been a fellow of the Geological Society since 1993, was one of the founding members of the Southern Wales Regional Group and acted as Chairman of this in its formative years. I have acted as scrutineer of chartership candidates for many years.

I believe the Geological Society to be the most active, relevant and appropriate professional body for all UK trained and/or based geologists in the minerals sector and would like to use my industry, management and academic experience to help attract more geologists into the society and to ensure this continues to represent, encourage and support geologists active in all spheres (academic, and industrial). I would also like to help improve the knowledge of the Society within schools and encourage and aid the teaching of geology at this level generally.

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Nigel CassidyDr Nigel Cassidy

I am currently a Reader in Applied Geophysics at Keele University having completed a BSc in Geophysics in 1997 (University of Liverpool) and a PhD in Geophysics at Keele in 2001. Originally an industrial electrical engineer, I have been a Fellow of the Geological Society for over ten years, a Royal Society Industrial Fellow, was Chair of the Near-Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) between 2003 - 2007 and currently sit on theSociety’s Degree Accreditation Panel. As a practical geophysicist, Ihave always had a passion for the technical and field-related aspects of the subject and have been involved in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training for most of my career.

To me, nurturing newly-qualified geoscientists and developing their careers are important aspects of the Society’s role, particularly as a highly respected international organisation. With my cross-disciplinary experience (industrial and academic), background in education/training and broad-based understanding of the geosciences sector, I feel that I can significantly contribute to the Society’s professional development strategy and knowledge exchange activities.

By being elected to Council, I aim to play an active role in the formulation, defence and delivery of these practices and hope to facilitate greater CPD-related collaboration across all areas of the geosciences community.

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Neil ChapmanNeil Chapman

The Society is increasingly responsive to the critical importance of national and global energy policy and the associated environmental and nuclear power issues. I believe that I can help further these aspects of our activities. I have been principally involved in researching and developing the concept of geological disposal of radioactive wastes since the 1970s, acting as adviser to national and international agencies and governments worldwide. I am currently a partner at MCM Consulting in Switzerland, Vice President of the Arius Association for regional and international underground storage, and part-time Research Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield. I served as Chairman of the ITC School of Underground Waste Storage and Disposal for 8 years. My previous career included 13 years at BGS (latterly, managing the Fluid Processes Research Group) and consultancy work, including 10 years managing Quantisci’s Geoscience Group in the UK. I have been a Fellow of the Society since the 1970s and was among the first Chartered Geologists, also serving on the Council of the Institution of Geologists. In 1990 the Society awarded me the William Smith Fund and in 2010 the Institution of Civil Engineers awarded me the James Watt Medal.

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Angela CoeAngela Coe

After graduating from Durham University with a B.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics, I went on to work at Oxford University as a research assistant on a British Petroleum funded project to critically evaluate the sequence stratigraphy model developed by Exxon using the classic Mesozoic sections in England. After completing a D.Phil. at Oxford, I returned to Durham University as the Elf Post doctoral Fellow in Petroleum Geosciences and worked on the Jurassic in Switzerland, Argentina and Scotland as well as the Ordovician and Silurian in the Southern Uplands, the Upper Cretaceous of Southern England and the Cainozoic in Cyprus. In 1996 I joined the Open University where I am currently a Senior Lecturer and based at the main campus in Milton Keynes. I have been a fellow of the Geological Society for over 25 years and I currently serve on the Stratigraphy Commission and the Publications and Information Committee. I am secretary and a voting member of the International Subcommission for Jurassic Stratigraphy and a member of the NERC Peer Review College.

My background in stratigraphy and sedimentology has allowed me to contribute towards understanding palaeoenvironmental change, using sequence stratigraphy to detect past changes in sea-level and developing field techniques. My research into the Jurassic continues at present day with projects ranging from using macro- and micro-palaeontology to understand environmental change to refining the Jurassic timescale and developing new geochemical proxies. I also have ongoing projects on Miocene and Quaternary palaeoenvironmental change. I have published two popular textbooks as well as journal articles on wide-ranging topics including the geological timescale, climate change, stratigraphic evidence for human activity and new environmental proxies. I have expertise in teaching, research, postgraduate management, and publishing as well as energy and enthusiasm. I am passionate about Earth Sciences together with supporting and inspiring new generations of scientists.

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Jim CoppardJim Coppard

I am a mineral exploration geologist with over 25 years field and management experience. I am today an independent Geological Consultant, previously having worked for the highly successful exploration teams of Rio Tinto and Anglo American (throughout its ‘Decade of Discovery’). I completed my MSc, DIC in Mineral Exploration at the RSM in 1988. I have been a Fellow of the Society for over 20 years, and am also a Chartered Geologist and Euro Geologist. I have a great passion for geology and discovery with the latter having been recognised by my peers through international awards. I act as a scrutineer for Chartered Geologist candidates, I mentor young geologists (something that has been crucial in my career) and I am a stalwart of the Mineral Deposit Study Group.

I strongly believe in enhancing the professional status of geoscientists and that the Geological Society is the right place to drive this initiative.

As geoscientists, we need to encourage young people to feel the passion for geology and its related subjects. We need to enhance natural science education and programs such as 'Rockwatch': these young people will be our future geoscientists.

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David CraggDavid Cragg

I am an Associate Director with URS / Scott Wilson Ltd working in the fields of engineering geology, geotechnics and the remediation of contaminated land and groundwater. I hold the degrees of BSc [Hons] Physical Geography and Geology [Liverpool, 1978], MSc Engineering Geology [Leeds, 1979] and MSc Contaminated Land Management [Nottingham Trent, 2001]. A Fellow of the Society since 1979, I became a Corporate Member of the Institution of Geologists in 1987. With the unification of IG and the Society I became a Chartered Geologist in 1990. I am also a Chartered Engineer with IMMM and a Specialist in Land Condition with IEMA. I have been a scrutineer of applications for chartered status since 2000 and I am currently a member of the Society’s Chartership Committee.

The majority of our professional work goes on unnoticed by the general public and many geologists are given to lamenting our perceived lack of professional status in the wider world. This is not helped by the way in which, while adverse global events and natural disasters such as volcanic ash clouds, tsunamis and earthquakes merit explanations in the media by eminent geologists, the benefits of the application of professional geological expertise to the challenges of, for example, civil engineering, security of energy supply, renewable energy, waste disposal and environmental regulation are only rarely promoted to society at large. We need to change public perception.

I would like to help to promote the role of the members of the Society, in academia and industry, in benefitting society at large and to help to promote the value of an education in geology both for its own sake and for the crucial contribution that our professionals can make in addressing the issues of the day and into the future. I believe the Society needs to coax and cajole the UK’s university-based academics to become Fellows in far larger numbers; and to promote to them as well as to industrial practitioners the benefits of becoming Chartered Geologists. The Society also needs to consider what professional attributes are likely to be required of practicing geologists in future and to promote itself as the main forum for developing the necessary academic and professional excellence. These are the issues I would like to focus upon as a member of Council.

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Jane DottridgeJane Dottridge

I am a hydrogeologist with over 35 years experience in groundwater and contaminated land. I am a Chartered Geologist and a Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC), with a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Hydrogeology from the University of Birmingham.

I am currently a Technical Director at Mott MacDonald, and have spent most of my career in consulting, working on wide range of UK and international projects. I have maintained an active interest in education and training of geologists and hydrogeologists, and spent 7 years as an academic at UCL, focussing on teaching and research in hydrogeology. Recently I was external examiner for the MSc in Hydrogeology at Leeds University.

I chaired the Hydrogeological Group from 1994-98 and the British chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists from 2006-11. I have been a scrutineer and am still a mentor for Chartered Geologists. I was Assistant Editor of QJEGH from 2001-6 and am now on the Publications and Information Committee.

I would like to encourage greater participation in the Society from a wide range of consulting geologists, hydrogeologists and contaminated land professionals, through regional and specialist groups and international links. I retain an interest in education and training, particularly of hydrogeologists and hope that the Society continues to actively support professionally focussed MSc courses.

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Chris EcclesChris Eccles

I am a director of TerraConsult Ltd with 27 years experience of working in engineering geology, geotechnics and contaminated land. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Engineering Geology (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1987) and an MSc in Soil Mechanics (Imperial College, 1990). I have been a Fellow of the Society since 1987 and became a Chartered Geologist in 1994. I am also a Chartered Scientist, European Geologist, Chartered Environmentalist, Specialist in Land Condition and a UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser.

I have been serving the Society and the wider geoscience profession over many years having been the secretary of the South East Regional Group, committee member of the British Geotechnical Association and Treasurer then Chairman of the North West Geotechnical Group. I have been a scrutineer of applications for chartered status since 1999 and I have been a member of the Society’s Chartership Committee since 2008. Since being voted onto the Council of the Society in 2013 I have been on the Professional Committee and represent the UK with the European Federation of Geologists.

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Marie EdmondsMarie Edmonds

I am a lecturer in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Cambridge, with research interests in volcanology, natural hazards, igneous petrology and magmatic degassing. After completing my undergraduate (BA in Natural Sciences) and PhD degrees at Cambridge, I spent the early part of my career working as a volcanologist in volcano observatories in the Caribbean and in Hawaii, with the British and the United States Geological Surveys respectively. Natural hazards are of increasing concern in society as our population grows. My research is at the forefront of volcanology, and involves developing new methods to measure volatiles in gases and magmas, volcano monitoring techniques, and our understanding of what triggers magmas to erupt. The Geological Society takes a prominent role in supporting and promoting research into volcanic hazards, the effects of volcanic activity on climate and the risks arising from natural hazards in general. I have been a Fellow of the Society since 2009. I gave a public lecture on the climate effects of volcanic eruptions as part of the Shell Lecture Series in 2010. I was committee member for a Geological Society Specialist Group: the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group, during 2008-2012.

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Al FraserAlastair Fraser

I have had the good fortune to be actively involved with the Society since graduating from Edinburgh University and joining BP as a young Petroleum Geologist in 1977.

After over 30 years with BP as a Petroleum Geologist/Exploration Manager working in many of the world’s great petroleum basins, I have recently taken up the position of EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience at Imperial College in London. A natural progression, I believe, as throughout my industry career I have sought to build and maintain strong academic links. I have always found the Geological Society a place where I could reconnect with my geological routes and recharge the technical batteries through participation in the many excellent meetings and active membership of the Petroleum Group and Barbican Conference committees. I have long held the belief that a combination of best Industry practice and technology coupled with Academic science and innovation is the most effective way to efficiently find and produce oil and gas. The Society has been an excellent vehicle for promoting this collaborative relationship and I will be looking for new ways to reinforce this fundamental role for the Society in the future.

Our science has never been more relevant to society, particularly in the energy sector, where an insatiable global demand for energy, is seriously challenging our ability as Geoscientists to find and produce new resources and provide longer term, sustainable solutions. One of my great passions is analysing the potential of the Arctic as probably the last conventional Oil & Gas province on the planet. How do we access the undoubtedly vast resources but in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner? In the tradition of the great Society debates of the past, I will be actively looking for ways to progress what promises to be a lively debate over the next few years.

A key motivation in moving to Imperial College was to help encourage, develop and train a new generation of Geoscience professionals who will play a major role in delivering the world’s future energy needs. One of my main objectives as a member of Council will be to actively champion greater student involvement in the Society and its meetings and in doing so, hopefully inspire new students towards a future career in geology.

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David HopkinsDavid Hopkins

I graduated with BSc in Geology from Chelsea College, London University and also an MSC in Applied Geophysics from Birmingham University. I have been a Fellow of the Society since 1979 and a Chartered Geologist since 1990. I was a council member for 6 years, from 1987 to 1993, with the Institution of Geologists and subsequently the Geological Society. I served on several society committees and was Chairman of the Regional Groups committee during the 1980’s.

Following a career in the quarrying industry for 34 years, with Tarmac, Bardon Aggregates and Aggregate Industries, I retired from full-time employment in 2012. I was Director of Geological Services for Aggregate Industries with responsibility for geological teams in both the UK and USA and helped to form strong links with Leicester University Geology Department.

I have been a strong advocate of the importance of the society to our profession since graduation and was a Council member at the important time of the formation of our Charter Geologist status in the late 1980’s. Personal family reasons have meant that I have been unable to commit seriously to the Society in recent years but with retirement I feel that I can now give the time necessary for a commitment to the Geological Society Council.

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Dave JonesDavid Jones

I am a hydrogeologist working for Natural Resources Wales, the environmental regulator in Wales. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Geology (2004) and MSc in Hydrogeology (2007), both from Cardiff University. I become a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist in 2013. My work covers the monitoring and protection of groundwater quality and quantity and dealing with the legacy of land contamination. More recently I’ve been dealing with shale gas and coal bed methane developments in Wales, developing how these activities are regulated to reduce any negative effects on groundwater.

As Vice President for Regional Groups I’m responsible for overseeing the activities of the 15 groups covering England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Hong Kong. These groups provide a close link to the wider Fellowship and run a packaged programme of events. The regions are the breeding ground for many excellent events such as the School Geology Challenge and Early Career Geologist Award which now have an annual national final. These events provide encouragement and support to our younger members, and show them that they hold a valued place within the Society.

During my time on Council I have seen the good work being done to encourage Fellows to work towards and achieve Chartered status. I’m passionate about wanting our Fellows to achieve Chartership and I’m working to ensure the Society has the tools in place to provide applicants with the mentoring and guidance needed to reach that goal.

I am also a STEMNET (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Network) ambassador, promoting the benefits of the geosciences in schools and at careers events across Wales. I’d like to see more Fellows join so that we can inspire students to learn about the contribution geoscientists can make in understanding and addressing the environmental challenges facing us all.

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Adam LawAdam Law

I have been an active member of the geoscience community since an undergraduate at University College London. I completed my PhD at Cambridge in 1993 and then worked within the oil and gas industry, holding a variety of positions within British Gas plc and Amerada Hess Ltd.

I became a Principal of ERC Equipoise Ltd in 2003.

Throughout my industrial career, I have continued to foster a keen interest in geology as a whole. I have published a number of papers reviewing aspects of geology and geophysics within the oil and gas sector, and have also helped organise a number of conferences through the Society’s Petroleum Group. Latterly, I have been a member of Council, and currently hold the position of Treasurer. I am looking forward to serving the Society over the coming years as Treasurer, ensuring that our funds are used to best further the objectives of our Society, and our science.

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Alan LordAlan Lord

BSc Geology, Hull 1964; PhD Micropalaeontology, Hull 1968. FGS 1964. Academic posts at University of East Anglia, Aarhus Universitet, University of Wales Aberystwyth, and University College London. At UCL: Professor of Micropalaeontology, Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Pro-Provost – 33 years and 33 successful research students. Present affiliation: Sektion Mikropalaeontologie I, Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany.

Research interests: post-Palaeozoic micropalaeontology, stratigraphy, environmental change. Current research: Holocene ostracods and climate change in the Skaggarak and Portugal; Neogene biostratigraphy and Neotectonics of central Cyprus.

Scientific service: past Chair, Micropalaeontological Society, past Chair International Research Group on Ostracoda, past Vice President Geologists’ Association, and Council service for Geological Society of London, Palaeontological Association, etc. Long-term association with Hydrocarbon Industry via UCL Micropalaeontology MSc programme, research projects and funding.

Geological Society of London - Council 2008; Secretary, Foreign & External Affairs 2010.

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David Manning

David Manning

David Manning became a Fellow in 1977. During the 35 years that have elapsed since then the world has changed, and geology has changed. He became a Chartered Geologist in 1993, Chartered Scientist in 2005 and European Geologist in 2005.

Having started as an experimental petrologist, he worked on petroleum reservoir diagenesis and landfill processes. He is now Newcastle University’s Professor of Soil Science, with a special interest in mineral reactions in soils that (a) build fertility and (b) capture carbon. He was Director of Mineral Solutions Ltd for 10 years, engaged in mining due diligence, consultancy and manufacturing/selling mineral-based products.

David Manning has served the Society in many capacities. Following committee service, he was Chair of the Mineral Deposits Studies Group (1985-8), and Chair of the North West Regional Group (1998-2000). He served on Council from 2004 – 2007, and was Professional Secretary from 2008-2011, during which time he implemented the current process for gaining Chartership. He has served as the Society’s delegate on the Council of the European Federation of Geologists.

As President, David Manning's intention is to represent all sides of the profession to make sure that our collective value is articulated and realised. The Geological Society of London is in a unique position to address key issues that face the world. Society depends on mined resources, for food and energy security, and for many raw materials. We need water, and safe space for construction. Addressing these needs, our profession underpins very significant wealth creation by industry, globally, and its ability to deliver is founded on the quality of our universities, their research, and the graduates that they produce.

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Brian MarkerBrian Marker OBE

Brian Marker was born in Walthamstow, London in 1946. He was awarded a BSc in 1968 and PhD for research on sedimentology and palaeoecology of some Middle Jurassic limestones in 1972, both at Chelsea College, University of London. Following a research fellowship at the then City of London Polytechnic, he joined the Department of the Environment in 1975, as an environmental geologist, working there until after it became the and later the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on legislation, guidance, planning casework and managing research programmes on planning for minerals supply, marine aggregates, reduction of natural hazards and management of wastes. During that period he also served on various NERC Committees, the Board of the BGS from1990 to 2006 and was the Secretary of the IAEG Commission on Engineering Geological Mapping and an officer of the IUGS Commission for Geoscience in Environmental Planning, leading its urban geology activity. He also taught adult evening classes in geology for the University of London for 17 years. He has served on Chartered Geologist accreditation and appeals panels. Since retiring in from the Civil Service in 2006, he has worked as an independent geological consultant and has chaired the CBI UK Minerals Forum and the English Stone Forum. He is Chairman of the IUGS Publications Committee, Secretary General of the IUGS Commission on Geoscience for Environmental Management and co-convener of its working group on dust from geological sources, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the IAEG. He is the author of over 60 papers and reviews, and joint editor of 5 books, including 3 in the Society’s Special Publications series. He is a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of both the Geological and Royal Geographical Societies. He received the Distinguished Service Award of Geological Society in 2004 and an OBE in 2006.

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Gary NicholsGary Nichols

My current role as Director of Geoscience Training at Nautilus Ltd involves the delivery of petroleum geoscience training courses to oil and gas companies worldwide. I moved into this role after over 25 years as an academic, mainly at Royal Holloway University of London, during which time I developed and taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in geology and petroleum geology in the UK, overseas at Charles University, Prague and at UNIS in Svalbard, as well as by Distance Learning. My research interests are in clastic sedimentology, principally in continental and shallow marine depositional environments, which has included projects in Europe, the Middle East and SE Asia, N America, the Arctic and Antarctic.

I am Special Publications co-editor for SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) and Chair of the Board of Directors of CASP, a geological research organisation based in Cambridge. I have been a member of the Geological Society since 1978.

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David NorburyDavid Norbury

In my 40 years’ experience as an engineering geologist I have led industry in deployment of systematic soil and rock description and professional practice. I have also served for 30 years on committees of the Society, including ten years representing the profession in Europe. I now want to bring this combined experience to bear in helping to strengthen the national and international position of the Society as a learned and professional body.

I am currently Director of David Norbury Limited after working for Soil Mechanics for over 30 years. I am Professor of Engineering Geology at Sussex University reflecting my teaching duties there and at other universities.

I have been a Fellow of the Society since graduation in 1974. I have served on Council (1993 – 1996) and Professional and Fellowship Committees (1993 – 2003 including as Chair of the latter). I was Secretary General of the European Federation of Geologists and then Chair of the Registration Authority (2002 – 2013). I am the GSL nominee on the British Standards committee looking after site investigation and testing. I am a member of the Engineering Group and served on the committee from 1985 – 1992 including as Treasurer.

I am Chartered as a Geologist, Civil Engineer and Scientist and a European Geologist and Engineer.

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Colin NorthColin North

Through its publications, the Geological Society has long led the world in communicating, and thus stimulating, the science of Geology. The world of publishing is changing rapidly, driven by innovative technology and new ways of sharing and evaluating our science, meaning we must not become complacent. Change needs to be assessed carefully yet embraced positively: the message remains more important than the delivery mechanism. As a Fellow of the Society for 33 years, Chartered for 20, working in the petroleum industry with BP and in university teaching and research, currently at University of Aberdeen, I have admired the successful way this activity has been managed sustainably thus far. If I were the Publications Secretary, I would be able to help our Society navigate the new challenges by applying my wide-ranging publishing knowledge and experience built up with other international organizations. This includes: Chair of the GeoScienceWorld electronic publishing aggregate board of directors; Journal of Sedimentary Research editor and SEPM Council member; AAPG publications committee Chair and Elected Editor candidate; book editor; and article author and reviewer. Above all is the need to protect the high standard of our Society’s science while fostering collaboration: quantity should never trump quality.

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Keith SeymourKeith Seymour

Most of my 38 year career has been spent in the NW of England. I started out as an engineering geologist with the former North West Water Authority before moving into hydrogeology, managing and protecting groundwater resources in the NW. In the early days of the National Rivers Authority I was instrumental in introducing geotechnical engineering standards to the landfill industry.

In 2008 I took up a national technical leadership role in the Environment Agency, a key part of which has been to support and develop my geoscience colleagues across the country. Throughout my career, it’s been the application of my geological and geoscience skills to understanding and finding pragmatic solutions to environmental issues that’s been so rewarding.

Underpinning this has been recognised as a professional geoscientist. I’ve been a Fellow of the Society since graduating from Newcastle University in 1976 with a degree in Applied (Engineering) Geology. I was a member of the former Institution of Geologists and sat on the Committee of the North West regional group for a number of years. I was proud to become a Chartered Geologist back in 1990.

Having recently taken early retirement from the Environment Agenc, sitting on Council is a great opportunity for me to ‘give something back’ to the institution and profession I’ve been a proud member of all this time. My particular interest is in promoting chartership and professionalism amongst our practising geoscience community.

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Lucy SlaterLucy Slater

I stood for Council to inspire future Earth scientists and to strengthen industry-academia links. Most children are fascinated by rocks, sand, mud, water… but by the time they are making decisions about university degrees they have lost their natural connection with the Earth and many will not be aware of Earth science or know about the fantastic career a geoscientist can have. I stood to help continue and build on the Society’s work to inspire the next generation of Earth scientists. As a member of the oil industry with a strong academic background I can help also to forge stronger links between industry and academia.

As a member of the Society, since the early 90s, and of the Petroleum Group, I have regularly benefitted from excellent conferences and workshops hosted by the Society. I studied Earth sciences at Durham and have a PhD from Cambridge. I have worked as a geophysicist in the oil industry for the last 18 years. Working for super-majors through to start-ups, I value the influence of large organisations and the dynamism of small groups. I want to use my time on Council to inspire future Earth scientists and to strengthen industry-academia links.

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Michael YoungMichael Young

I am an Honorary Research Associate of the British Geological Survey, having retired as Director of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland in 2014. As Director of GSNI I was responsible for advising the Northern Ireland government and industry on the full range of geoscience issues, including licensing of mineral and energy exploration, underground energy storage, groundwater management, land-use planning, and the development of geo-tourism.

I am enthusiastic about expanding the Society’s influence in Northern Ireland and strengthening links between Northern Ireland’s geoscience community and those of GB and the Republic of Ireland. I am keen to promote dialogue and research into some of the difficult policy and public acceptance issues now surrounding the development of natural resources.

As a geophysicist I have specialised in mineral and groundwater exploration and regional geoscience mapping. I joined GSNI (and BGS) in 2004 to manage the award-winning Tellus survey programme. My operational experience prior to joining GSNI was in industry and consultancy, in 20 countries, mostly in the Middle East, Africa and South America. I graduated in physics at Bristol University, have an MSc in geophysics (RSM, Imperial College) and an MBA (Warwick). I was elected FGS, CGeol in 1992. I am Chair of the Northern Ireland Regional Group of the Geological Society and a Past-President of the Belfast Geologists’ Society.

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