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Background of members of Council 2013/2014

Name Expertise Background
Mrs Natalyn Ala  Hydrogeology  Industry 
Dr Mike Armitage  Mining  Industry 
Prof Robert Butler  Structural Geology  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 
Mrs Tricia Henton  Environmental Geology  Government (retired) 
Mr David Jones  Hydrogeologist  Government 
Dr Adam Law  Petroleum Geology  Industry 
Prof Richard Lisle  Structural Geology  Academe 
Prof Alan Lord  Micropalaeontology  Museum 
Prof David Manning Mineralogy  Academe 
Dr Brian Marker OBE  Environmental Geology  Retired 
Dr Gary Nichols  Sedimentology  Industry
Mr David Shilston  Engineering Geology  Industry 
Dr Lucy Slater  Petroleum Geology/Geophysics  Industry 
Dr Jonathan Turner  Structural/Petroleum Geology  Industry 
Mr Michael Young  Geophysics      Government/Industry 

Brief biographies of members of Council 2013/2014

Natalyn 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 over 20 years’ international experience. I have a BS in Engineering Geology and an MS in Hydrogeology from Texas A&M University. I became a Chartered Geologist in 2000 and am also a Chartered Scientist and a Professional Geologist in California. I serve as a scrutineer for the Society, a member of the Society’s degree Accreditation Panel, and am active in other professional organisations. 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.

Mike 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.

Rob Butler

After graduating in 1981 from Leeds and completing a PhD in Swansea in 1984, my career has taken me through Durham, the OU and back to Leeds. In 2008 I took up a chair in Tectonics at the University of Aberdeen to establish stronger collaborative links especially between university and industry-based structural geologists.

Although my best-known research is from the Western Alps and Scottish Highlands, I have worked extensively in Italy, where I have held various honorary positions, the Middle East, Pakistan and currently New Zealand, This has focused on studying the deformation of continental lithosphere, especially the structure of thrust belts. Much of my current research is directed at understanding the structural geology of submarine slopes, from shear fabrics developed in the sea bed beneath turbidity currents right up to the evolution of deepwater fold and thrust belts.

Since 1980 I have been Junior Associate, then Fellow of the Society and have been honoured with a President’s Award (1986) and the Wollaston Fund (1995). I currently serve on the Awards Committee and have acted as chair of the Tectonic Studies Group (1995-6). I am Director of the Virtual Seismic Atlas – an open-access community internet resource that, while sharing the geological interpretation of seismic data, showcases remarkable subsurface imagery. I also hold memberships of the American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of New Zealand and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain.

I am a passionate advocate of core geoscience skills – especially of excellent field training. I believe it is important to promote the major advances in our science both for their own sake and for their societal relevance. Funding councils and university managements should be encouraged to value more these sustaining activities. The UK is blessed with excellent links between industry and academia that should be fostered: there remains much that we can learn from each other. I look forward to a Society that is increasingly inclusive and outward-looking.

Neil 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.

Angela 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.

Jim Coppard

I am a mineral exploration geologist with over 22 years of field and management experience. I have been an independent Geological Consultant and have worked for the highly successful exploration teams of Rio Tinto and Anglo American - where I am the Regional Head of Exploration. I completed my MSc, DIC in Mineral Exploration at the RSM in 1988. I have been a Fellow of the Society for 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 and I also mentor young geologists (something that was crucial in my early career). I am a stalwart of the Mineral Deposit Study Group, and was previously its Industry Representative.
I strongly believe in enhancing the professional status of geoscientists and that the Geological Society is the right place to lead this initiative.
As geoscientists, we need to encourage young people to feel the passion for geology and its related subjects. We need to enhance science education and programs like 'Rockwatch': these young people will be our future geoscientists.

David 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.

Jane 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 member of the Accreditation Committee and both a scrutineer and a mentor for Chartered Geologists. I was Assistant Editor of QJEGH from 2001-6.

I would like to support the Society’s involvement in geological education and training at all levels, encourage greater participation in the Society from consulting geologists and more interaction between the Society and hydrogeologists and contaminated land professionals.

Chris Eccles

I am a director of TerraConsult Ltd with 25 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.

As a member of the Council I will promote the value of professionalism and chartered status both within the Society and externally. Currently the majority of Chartered members work in hydrogeology, engineering geology, geotechnics and contaminated land. I would seek to increase the range of Chartered Geologists and Scientists in other areas other areas such as academia and the petroleum industry. A further objective would be to promote the role and importance of geology to the world showing how our profession can contribute to current and future challenges to society.

Marie 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.

Alastair 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.

Tricia Henton

I have been a Chartered Geologist since 1990 having served on the Hydrogeological Committee of the Geological Society and on the Council of the Institution of Geologists from 1975 to the early 1980s. I also helped establish the regional group in east of Scotland.

Until the end of 2010 I was Director of Environment and Business at the Environment Agency but 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 have spent most of my professional life in environmental management, initially in technical roles as a hydrogeologist working on mine water rebound, waste management and landfills before moving into senior management. I spent 13 years with Aspinwall & Co building their consultancy business in Scotland through the 1980’s and 1990’s before joining the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as the Environmental Strategy and then Chief Executive. I returned briefly to consultancy with Enviros before joining the EA.

I bring to the Council an extensive senior level record in strategic thinking; knowledge and experience of how Government and the private sector work; wide trustee experience in professional bodies (including GSL and IG) and NGOs; over three decades of environmental management, much of it addressing geological issues, all allied with a passionate belief that geological science matters.

I believe there is a need to promote the relevance of geological science and the crucial contribution geologists will make to solving the big challenges that face society. In doing this, the role and standing of the professional geologist in whatever organisation they operate is extremely important. I am committed to promoting the importance of the public being able to rely on competent, professional standards. 

David Jones

I am a young hydrogeologist, working towards Chartership. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Geology (2004) and MSc in Hydrogeology (2007), both from Cardiff University.

Since joining Professional Committee in 2011 I have seen the good work being done at the Society to encourage Fellows to work towards and achieve Chartered status. I’m passionate about wanting our Fellows to achieve Chartership and I will work to ensure the Society has the tools in place to provide applicants with the mentoring and guidance needed to reach that goal.

As the current Chair of the Southern Wales Regional Group, I also want to support the regions in their endeavours. Our regional groups provide a close link to the wider Fellowship and are the breeding ground for many excellent events such as the School Geology Challenge and Early Career Geologist Award. These events provide encouragement and support to our younger members, and show them that they hold a valued place within the Society.

Alongside my work with the regional group I have also been a STEMNET (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Network) ambassador since 2009, promoting the benefits of the geosciences in schools and at careers events across south Wales. I want to continue this work within Council and see us capturing the imagination of our Fellows and the wider public about the contribution geoscientists can make in understanding and addressing the environmental challenges facing us all.

Adam 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 was recently appointed to 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.

Richard Lisle

I am a structural geologist, trained at Birmingham (BSc 1969; DSc 2006) and Imperial College (MSc 1970; PhD 1974), and with a career in lecturing and research at the universities in Leiden, Utrecht and Wales (Swansea). I am currently Professor of Structural Geology at Cardiff University.

My teaching has been focussed on training in basic geological skills; interpreting and making of geological maps, fieldwork, structural geology and engineering geology. This has led to publication of textbooks; Geological Structures and Maps, Stereographic Projection Techniques in Structural Geology and Basic Geological Mapping (in prep). Regardless of new priority directions in research, I believe it is important not to neglect these fundamental skills in undergraduate earth science curricula. A major challenge will be the continued provision of real fieldwork training given the current financial constraints.

My research includes the development of innovative techniques in structural analysis which have found application to hydrocarbon reservoirs. I am the author of over 100 research publications and textbooks including Geological Strain Analysis and Techniques of Modern Structural Geology (with J.G. Ramsay FRS) and received, jointly with S. H. Treagus, the Best Paper Award of the Geological Society of America (1999).

I have served as Chair of the Tectonics Studies Group and as a past editor of the Journal of Structural Geology where my services were acknowledged by Top Reviewer Award in 2007 and 2008.

Alan 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.

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 serves as the Society’s delegate on the Council of the European Federation of Geologists.

As President-designate, David Manning's primary role 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.

Brian 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 a member of the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Secretary General of the IUGS Commission on Geoscience for Environmental Management and co-convener of its working group on dust from geological sources. He is the author of over 60 papers and reviews, and joint editor of 4 books, including 2 in the Society’s Special Publications series. He is a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He received the Distinguished Service Award of Geological Society in 2004 and an OBE in 2006.

Gary Nichols

My current role as Technical Manager 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.

David Shilston

I am Technical Director for Engineering Geology at Atkins, a major employer of geologists and geoscientists, and have more than 30 years of UK and international geo-consultancy, managerial and contracting experience to the role of President-designate. I am a Chartered Geologist and have a BSc in geology (Nottingham University), an MSc in engineering geology (Imperial College), and a Post-graduate Certificate in archaeology (Cambridge University).

My particular geological interests lie not only in the professional engineering geology and applied geohazards work that I do at Atkins, but also in the wide range of pure and applied subjects that together comprise geology - from geomorphology to tectonics, and from geological materials to palaeoecology. Outside work, I have given lectures to MSc and undergraduate courses, made presentations at conferences and technical meetings, and participate in careers days at local schools. Geology and the geosciences are fascinating subjects – I endeavour to pass my fascination on to others, both at work and play.

My involvement with the Geological Society commenced with service as a member of the Engineering Group Committee (where I chaired the Meetings Sub-committee) and on the former Fellowship & Validation Committee. I was elected to Council in 2004 and subsequently became Professional Secretary. The recently-introduced changes to the Chartership process and arrangements were developed and agreed with Council during my time as Professional Secretary. I have also been an active scrutineer of chartership candidates and member of the Chartership Committee and Accreditation Panel.

In seeking election as President-designate, I gave my general objectives as:

  1. to help ensure that the various academic and industrial/ business ‘constituencies’ within the Society continue to move closer together to mutual benefit;
  2. to broaden the reach of Chartership within the Society into sectors and disciplines where it does not yet have a strong presence;
  3. to develop further the Society’s outward facing and outreach activities (to the general public, students, teachers, government, industry and fellow learned and professional institutions); and
  4. to help the Society and its Council plan and manage its affairs in a period of rapid economic change, that will touch us all, from academe to industry and from seasoned practitioner to undergraduate.

Lucy 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 16 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.

Jonathan P Turner

After completing my PhD at Bristol University in 1988, on the South Pyrenean thrust belt, I worked for Shell and latterly LASMO. I joined Birmingham University in 1993 where I carried out teaching and research in structural geology, basin dynamics and their applications to petroleum geology. My research has generated over forty papers focusing on rifted continental margins, especially the uplift and denudation of their continental interiors, and I am involved also in the development of innovative methods of interpreting seismic data. I have served as Secretary of the Tectonic Studies Group, have been a series editor for the GS special publications - working with the Publishing House to maintain the international reputation of our books - and am currently Secretary of the Publications Management Committee. Since 2009 I have worked for BG Group as a structural geologist in their Advanced Geoscience team. My role is much like that of an internal consultant, providing structural geological advice and services to the regional assets, and feeding information from the many research and development projects that BG sponsors.

Michael Young

I am Director of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, an office of the Northern Ireland government that advises government departments and industry on the full range of geoscience issues. Mineral and hydrocarbons exploration, geothermal exploration, energy storage, groundwater management, land-use planning, and the development of geo-tourism are all active issues for GSNI.

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 Tellus survey programme, through which I have advanced links between the Surveys and university geoscience communities in Northern Ireland, GB and the Republic. 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) and an MBA (Warwick). I was elected FGS, CGeol in 1992. I sit on the Geosciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy and am Past-President of the Belfast Geologists’ Society.