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Background of members of Council 2016/2017

Name Expertise Background
Mr Rick Brassington
Hydrogeology Industry
Mr Malcolm Brown
Petroleum Geology
Dr Jason Canning
Petroleum Geology
Miss Liv Carroll
Mineral Exploration and Mining
Dr Nigel Cassidy
Mr Chris Eccles Engineering Geology     Industry 
Dr Marie Edmonds  Igneous Petrology, Volcanology, Geochemistry  Academe 
Dr Sarah Gordon
Mining, Meteoritics, Risk
Mr Graham Goffey
Petroleum Geology
Mrs Tricia Henton
Environmental Geology
Mr David Hopkins
Extractive Industries Industry 
Ms Naomi Jordan
Sedimentology, Palaeontology, Palaeoenvironments
Dr Robert Larter
Marine Geophysics
Dr Jennifer McKinley 
Geographical Information Science and Geostatistics 
Prof David Norbury
Engineering Geology
Dr Colin North Sedimentology Academe 
Dr Sheila Peacock
Geophysics Government
Prof Christine Peirce
Marine Geophysics
Mr Nicholas Reynolds
Contaminated Land, Geotechnical Engineering
Dr Katherine Royse
Environmental Geology
Mr Keith Seymour Hydrogeology
Dr Alexander Whittaker 
Tectonics and Landscape Dynamics
Mr Michael Young  Geophysics      Government/Industry 

Brief biographies of members of Council 2016/2017

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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Jason Canning_councilDr Jason Canning

I am currently Chief Geologist at BG Group and have been working in the Petroleum Industry for almost 20 years. I have been a fellow of the Society since 1999 and a Chartered Geologist since 2015. I completed a BSc at Oxford Brookes (1993) and a have PhD from the University of Birmingham (1997).

I am standing for Council to impact our Society in two ways. First, I think our Society can play a stronger role in supporting the Geoscience profession.   Low commodity prices mean that those members of our society who work in extractive industries face increased uncertainty and perhaps periods of unemployment.  One way we can help, is to encourage Fellows to get more out of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) records. Recording of CPD activity is an important way of documenting our skills, capabilities and experience. I want to share my experience of managing such schemes in industry.  
Secondly, I want to improve links between industry and academia. Specifically, I think I can share my own experiences to help the Society to encourage sharing of data between industry and researchers, with the aim of the Society becoming the forum for more regular interaction between the two. I also believe the Society can help to steer taught courses to deliver more of what industry requires.

I think focusing on these two areas will help the Geological Society to be a more inclusive, collaborative and supportive Society.

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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. More recently I have project managed and contributed 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 was a committee member of MinSouth (the London and Southern Counties branch of IOM3) 2004 - 2015 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) for the same duration. 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 Professional Secretary, a Chartered Geologist and scrutineer for Chartership, I utilise my skills and network to assist in maintaining the bridge between academia and industry as well as in raising 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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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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Sarah GordonSarah Gordon_council

An understanding of geology is a critical component of many decisions; whether environmental, business, or societal.  I’m lucky enough to work in both industry and academia, specialising in making geology exciting and accessible to decision makers.  I would be honoured to do this on behalf of the Geological Society.

I’m currently the Managing Director of the risk management consultancy Satarla.  Satarla works with clients from all industries, from mining and energy, to utilities, charities and finance.  I’m also an Honorary Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London.  Prior to this I worked with the mining company Anglo American, in both the exploration and safety & sustainability teams.  This broad background, coupled with my PhD in meteoritics, allows me me to explore many aspects of the geological discipline.

I’ve been a Fellow of the Society for over 10 years; I also work with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network; the Institute of Risk Management; and was named as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2015.  I provide training and advice on behalf of these organisations and would welcome the opportunity to make a contribution through the Council of the Geological Society.

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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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Naomi Jordan_councilNaomi Jordan

Geoscience is the meeting point between all of the sciences, engineering and art. It plays a larger role in our everyday lives than most people imagine, with mineral resources essential for our electronic devices, water flow and bedrock interaction controlling both flooding and water shortages, and an understanding of the rocks beneath our feet necessary for any building project; these are in addition to energy resources and natural hazards. The Geological Society, therefore, has an important role to play in our modern, ever-changing world.

As a Council Member I aim to improve and develop the Society for existing and future members, helping to ensure its future and maintain its relevance; I also have a particular interest in outreach and education. Whilst completing my PhD in Lower Jurassic palaeoenvironments at Imperial College London (2011-2016), and my undergraduate in Geological Science at the University of Leeds (2007-2011), I have taught hands-on science in an inner-city London primary school, tutored A-Level and undergraduate geology students and taught an adult geology class. I have also worked with a range of organisations designing and implementing outreach activities, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, British Geological Survey, Leeds Museum Services, RockWatch, Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and with both universities.

Whilst a Council Member I will be serving on both the External Relations Committee and Education sub-committee, with the aim of raising the profile of both Earth Sciences and the Society within the profession and to the general public.

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Robert Larter

The Geological Society has an important role in today’s world in communicating the societal relevance of our science, championing public funding for it, delivering impartial advice, and offering professional accreditation.

I am a marine geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). After graduating in Geology from Durham University, I gained an MSc in Petroleum Exploration Studies from the University of Aberdeen. I then worked as a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham for several years while studying for my PhD in marine geophysics on a part-time basis. During 28 years at BAS I have managed a range of science projects in fields ranging from subducting margins to ice sheet history and dynamics. I have led eight research cruises and mentored many early career scientists and students. I believe more can be done to involve students and early career scientists in the Society, and that this is crucial to its long-term future.

I have been a Fellow since 1998 and was Secretary and Treasurer of the Marine Studies Group from 1999 to 2004. I was a member of the working group that developed the Society’s statement on climate change in 2010, and the addendum to it in 2013.

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Jennifer McKinley

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 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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Sheila Peacock_councilSheila Peacock

I believe every professional needs a respected society that represents its members and their science. I want to promote engagement with decision makers, particularly politicians, explaining the world around us in terms of earth science, to ensure they understand the consequences of their decisions for geoscientists, users of geoscience and the future of the environment.

I am currently employed with a Ministry of Defence contractor supporting seismological monitoring of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, having been a lecturer at the University of Birmingham (Applied Geophysics MSc 1991-2002), computer officer/administrator (2002-4), and supported professional accreditation of the University's Computer Science courses.  I was a research fellow at the University of Reading (1987-1991), BSc Geophysics (Newcastle 1983), PhD (Edinburgh 1987), and CPhys MInstP.  I joined the Geological Society in 1990. I am on the committee of the British Geophysical Association (1998-present), as secretary (2007-9), and representative on the committee for the Geological Society bicentennial conference (2006-7). I was on the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013-15), the committee of AUT (now UCU) of Birmingham University local association (1998-2005; honorary secretary 2000-2002), and now am workplace health, safety and environment rep in Prospect.


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Christine Peirce

Christine 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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Nik Reynolds_councilNicholas Reynolds

I am a Senior Geo-environmental and Geotechnical engineer at a small consultancy in Chester and have been employed at this company for over 17 years.  I have been a Fellow of the Geological Society from being an Undergraduate at Aberystwyth University, graduated with a Master’s degree from Cardiff University, and became a Chartered Geologist in 2009. I later became a Chartered Scientist in 2011.

I was elected the Secretary of the Northwest Regional Group in 2012 and have been responsible for organising the lecture programme, fieldtrips and annual newsletters for the region.  Within the lecture programme, I have brought the Geological Society and the regional Geology Association groups together for annual lectures.  I have developed and introduced a conference for A-level students which was organised in conjunction with Manchester University and ESTA, which involved lecturers from across the region presenting revision lectures on difficult syllabus subjects.

I am very keen to serve on Council to both increase the profile of practicing environmental and geotechnical consultants within the Society.  I am also very keen to improve regional support, and bring the Society to A-Level and Undergraduate students, as well as external organisations who explore the outdoors such as Scouts and Guides.

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Katherine Royse

Katherine 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

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I was privileged to be elected to Council in 2014, having just taken early retirement from the Environment Agency. I saw this as an opportunity give something back to the Society and profession.  My particular interest is in promoting chartership and professionalism amongst our practising geoscience community I sit on the Professional Committee and have helped coordinate our national careers events for students and industry.
I am honoured to now be taking on the role of Vice President for Regional Groups since they are the lifeblood of the Society across the country (and overseas).

Most of my 38 year working career was 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 was 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.

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Alex Whittaker_councilAlexander Whittaker

I am a senior lecturer at Imperial College London. My research combines field, remote sensing and numerical modelling approaches to address how tectonics and climate drive landscape evolution over a range of scales. At Imperial I lecture structural geology and tectonics, and I co-ordinate the department’s field programme, leading excursions to the Spanish Pyrenees and the Apennines.

I read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge between 1998 and 2002, before moving to Edinburgh University to do a PhD in landscape dynamics and neo-tectonics. Following an Entente Cordiale Fellowship at Université Joseph Fourier, France, I moved to Imperial College London.  I was appointed a Lecturer in 2010 and Senior Lecturer in 2014.  I have been a fellow of the Society for seven years and I received the President’s Award in 2009.  I have subsequently served the Society in a range of roles; currently I sit on the research grants and Society awards committees. As a member of Council I will also serve on the Science committee.

The geosciences are central to addressing many of the problems that we and the planet face in the coming years and the Society has a vital role to play in leading these discussions and linking research with both policy and practical applications.  I am passionate about making our membership as diverse as possible and I am keen to promote engagement with the wider public and policy makers who need to know why our discipline matters.

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Michael Young

Michael 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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