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Background of members of Council 2015/2016

Name Expertise Background
Mrs Natalyn Ala Hydrogeology  Industry 
Mr Rick Brassington
Hydrogeology Industry
Mr Malcolm Brown
Petroleum Geology
Industry
Miss Liv Carroll
Mineral Exploration and Mining
Industry
Dr Nigel Cassidy
Geophysics
Academe 
Dr Angela Coe Sedimentology & Stratigraphy Academe
Mr Jim Coppard Mineral Exploration      Industry 
Mrs Jane Dottridge Hydrogeology  Industry 
Mr Chris Eccles Engineering Geology     Industry 
Dr Marie Edmonds  Igneous Petrology, Volcanology, Geochemistry  Academe 
Mr Graham Goffey
Petroleum Geology
Industry
Mrs Tricia Henton
Environmental Geology
Industry
Mr David Hopkins
Extractive Industries Industry 
Mr David Jones Hydrogeology Government 
Prof David Manning
Mineralogy
Academe
Dr Jennifer McKinley 
Geographical Information Science and Geostatistics 
Academe
Prof David Norbury
Engineering Geology
Industry
Dr Colin North Sedimentology Academe 
Prof Christine Peirce
Marine Geophysics
Academe
Dr Katherine Royse
Environmental Geology
Government
Mr Keith Seymour Hydrogeology
Retired
Dr Lucy Slater Petroleum Geology/Geophysics  Industry 
Mr Michael Young  Geophysics      Government/Industry 

Brief biographies of members of Council 2015/2016

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 the Geological Disposal Facility Siting Director for Radioactive Waste Management with a technical background in hydrogeology and over 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. 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.

Rick BrassingtonRick Brassington

I firmly believe that the modern Society should be both the primary supporter of geological science and the regulator of the geological profession in the UK.  I want to use my experience in helping to strengthen the national and international position of the Society as a learned and professional body.  I was the Principal Hydrogeologist with Northwest Water and then became the Water Resources Manager for the NRA both based in Warrington before moving into consultancy. 

I worked for three different consultancies over a seven year period and have worked as a consultant hydrogeologist on my own account since 1998.  I am also the Visiting Professor of Hydrogeology at Newcastle University where I teach on the Hydrogeology and Water Management MSc course and am developing the Geometry Field Laboratory. 

I have been a Fellow since 1968 and a Chartered Geologist since 1990 and am a Chartered Civil Engineer.  I previously served on Council (1991 – 1994) and was a Vice President for two years.  I also served on the IG Council for five years; chaired the Northwest Regional Group for about ten years; and was on the Editorial Panel for CIWEM for ten years.

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Malcolm BrownMalcolm Brown

The Society is admired as both a learned society and a professional body, providing impartial advice and a pre-eminent forum for industry and academic debate.  My key objectives when I am President will be to maintain scientific excellence in all Society activities, broaden the income base of the Society and through multi-disciplinary conferences seek to better engage both public and government by providing impartial, informative advice to areas of public debate.
 
After graduating from Kingston Polytechnic (1976), with a BSc in Geology, I worked in Libya and Saudi Arabia before completing an MSc in Petroleum Geology at Imperial College (1982).   I have worked at British Gas / BG Group for over 30 years as it evolved from state owned utility to successful international business and I am currently Executive Vice President, Exploration. I’m an explorer at heart and have led BG’s global exploration efforts for most of the last two decades, during which we have been involved in 16 giant discoveries.  

I became a Fellow in 1982, served on Council between 2009 and 2012 and became a Chartered Geologist in 2013. I am in my last year as Chairman of the Petroleum Group. I am currently on the Advisory Boards of Energy Geoscience International and also the Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College.  I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University in 2007 and the Petroleum Group Medal in 2011. 

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Liv CarrollLiv Carroll

I am a Chartered Geologist having joined the Society after graduating from Durham in 2000. Following a Masters in Mineral Project Appraisal at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College (2000 – 2001), I worked in the UK and overseas on quarrying, mining, strategic mineral planning and remediation of legacy mines including spending 12 months as an exploration geologist on a gold project in Turkey. As Technical Director of Wardell Armstrong, I commonly project manage, liaising with the client and contributing to multidisciplinary studies at all stages of the mining value chain from exploration through pre-feasibility studies and feasibility studies to development and operational stage projects. Acting in both a technical and advisory role to listed and private companies as well as investment groups, I understand the importance of CPD and upholding the Society’s Code of Conduct.

I have spoken about the mineral deposits of Tanzania at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Earth Sciences and to the House of Lords on the minerals industry of Sierra Leone.  I have been a committee member of MinSouth (the London and Southern Counties branch of IOM3) since 2004 and served as President (2008/09) as well as sitting on the Applied Earth Science Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).  I am also a committee member of the Pan European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee (PERC).

I believe that the Geological Society binds us in our profession and ongoing learning; as a Chartered Geologist, a member of Council and scrutineer for Chartership, I will use my skills and network to assist in maintaining the bridge between academia and industry as well as to raise awareness of the activities of the Society and the importance of the Society to our professional standing and development.    

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Nigel CassidyNigel 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 the Society’s Degree Accreditation Panel. As a practical geophysicist, I have 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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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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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 focused MSc courses.

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Chris EcclesChris Eccles

I am a director of TerraConsult Ltd with 28 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.  I am also chair of the Chartership Committee.

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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 and was committee member for a Geological Society Specialist Group: the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group, during 2008 - 2012.

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Graham Goffey Graham Goffey

Having spent 27 years in the petroleum industry in geosciences and exploration management roles, I am currently MD North Sea & West Africa/Senior VP Exploration for PA Resources in London.  My qualifications are BSc Geological Sciences (Birmingham), MSc Petroleum Geology (Imperial College) and MBA (Warwick).

I have been a Society Fellow for most of my career.  From 2004 – 2010 I served on the committee of the Petroleum Group, including three years as Chairman.  During this period I convened many Petroleum Group workshops and conferences. I lead the NW Europe section of the PGC VII conference in 2009, and co-edited GS Special Publications 254 (The Deliberate Search for the Stratigraphic Trap) and 348 (Hydrocarbons in Contractional Belts).

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Tricia Henton Tricia Henton

I have been a Chartered Geologist since 1990 and served on Council as Secretary Professional Matters (2011-14).  I have now been re-elected to Council and will serve as Diversity Champion. I will help the Society fulfil the aims of the Science Council Declaration on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and to deliver the action plan that will take forward this strategic priority.  
 
I have wide trustee experience of other professional organisations (including CIWEM and the former Institution of Geologists), NGOs and Government bodies, allied with extensive experience of director and CEO-level management and strategic planning in both the public and private sectors. I have spent over three decades in environmental management, much of it addressing geological issues, all allied with a passionate belief that geological science matters.
 
Until the end of 2010 I was Director of Environment and Business at the Environment Agency and continue to be involved in environmental and geological matters through my non-executive position on the Coal Authority and as a trustee of environmental charities.
I believe that there is a crucial need to promote the relevance of geological science and the contribution geologists can make to mitigate the big environmental challenges that face society. To do that, we must ensure that our professional skills base is inclusive and diverse, accessible to all sectors of society. I believe that in our work as geoscientists we must behave professionally and ethically to create public confidence in what we do.

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David Hopkins

David HopkinsI 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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Jennifer McKinley

Dr Jennifer McKinley

I believe diversity to be a defining hallmark of a modern and inclusive organization and am committed to promoting and developing the role of women in science.  In 2010, I successfully championed an Athena SWAN Silver School award for Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast. Moreover, as a Senior Lecturer, a Chartered Geologist and member of the Geological Society Forensic Geoscience Group, I am passionate for the development of all aspects of geoscience.

I currently hold a number of roles including: Executive Vice President of the International Association of Mathematical Geoscientists; Communications Officer for the IUGS-IFG (Initiative on Forensic Geology) and Secretary for the Royal Irish Academy Geosciences and Geographical Sciences committee. With a primary degree and doctorate in geology, my research has focused on the application of spatial analysis techniques, including geostatistics and Geographical Information Science, to soil geochemistry, environmental and criminal forensics, airborne geophysics and weathering studies.

Interdisciplinary collaboration and strong partnership working with multiple stakeholders, underpins all of my research, culminating in over 70 international publications and numerous conference presentations to date. I embrace the opportunity to serve the Geological Society and geoscience community with enthusiasm, inclusivity and a clear commitment to action’.

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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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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 over 30 years, of which I have been Chartered for over 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.

As Publications Secretary, my role is 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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Christine PeirceChristine Peirce

After completing a B.Sc. in Geophysics in Cardiff and a Ph.D. in the Marine Group at Cambridge, I have been at Durham University for 25 years where I am currently Professor of Marine Geophysics. During this time I have been the User Group Head for Geophysics in the U.K., and Secretary of the British Geophysical Association. I am currently a member of the NERC’s Peer Review College and the Marine Facility Advisory Board, and Vice President (Geophysics) of the Royal Astronomical Society. I have been a Fellow of both the Geological Society and the Royal Astronomical Society since 2010. My research interests include the accretionary processes of mid-ocean ridges, the flexure of the lithosphere under loading, plate erosion due to subduction, and the development of transform continental margins. I work primarily in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

My research is underpinned by seismic imaging of the Earth’s interior, for which I have designed and developed seabed instrumentation, co-directing the National Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Facility. I also work closely with the National Marine Facility updating and enhancing the national marine geophysical equipment base. I was awarded the Coke Medal of the Geological Society in 2014, for my community and research activities.

Throughout my career I have developed and taught undergraduate programmes in geophysics and aim to inspire the next generation by embedding forefront and current research in the courses I teach. I am committed to providing opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students to be involved in data acquisition activities at sea and the analysis of newly acquired data.

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Katherine RoyseKatherine Royse

I have worked at BGS for 17 years and I am currently the Science Director for Environmental Modelling. I focus on taking a multidisciplinary approach to modelling the environment to better understand and predict the earth’s response to environmental change. I feel that I have a lot to offer the Society through my professional career at BGS where I have successfully led Urban Geoscience (publishing over 30 key papers) and Derived Products, as well as several large European projects. I am a STEM ambassador, and was a NERC KE Fellow (2010-2014); I am a committee member of both the London Basin Forum and AGI insurance group and associate editor of the Geoscience Data journal.

I have been a Fellow of the Society since 1997, becoming a chartered (CGeol, 2001) EurGeol in 2002.  A committee member of the East Midlands Regional Group (2001- 2006); a member of the Thames Valley Regional and Engineering Groups and have been a chartered scrutineer since 2009. I am also an active member of Girlguiding, currently county commissioner for Nottinghamshire and was a national board member (2011-2014). As a senior member of BGS I am closely linked with the academic and private sector Earth Science community. During my tenure on Council I would like to focus on increasing the Society’s relevance to young Earth Scientists particularly in developing their future professional roles.

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Keith Seymour

Keith Seymour

Most of my 38 year career has been spent in the North West 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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