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The Society is governed by a Council of 23 members, including the President, up to three Vice-Presidents and four honorary secretaries. Council members are elected by the Fellowship.

Council is chaired by the President, who is elected for a two-year term. It meets five times each year.

All members of Council are bound by the Society’s Declarations of Interests policy.

Members of Council 2014/2015

Click on the pictures below to read a short biography of each member of Council.

David ManningProf David Manning


Expertise: Mineralogy


Natalyn AlaMrs Natalyn Ala

Secretary, Professional Matters

Expertise: Hydrogeology


Mike ArmitageDr Mike Armitage

Vice President

Expertise: Mining


Nigel CassidyDr Nigel Cassidy

Expertise: Geophysics



Neil ChapmanProf Neil Chapman

Expertise: Radioactive Waste Management



Angela CoeDr Angela Coe

Expertise: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy



Jim Coppard

Mr Jim Coppard

Expertise: Mineral Exploration



David CraggMr David Cragg

Vice President

Expertise: Engineering Geology


Jane DottridgeMrs Jane Dottridge

Expertise: Hydrogeology



Chris EcclesMr Chris Eccles

Expertise: Engineering Geology



Marie EdmondsDr Marie Edmonds

Expertise: Igneous Petrology, Volcanology and Geochemistry



Al FraserProf Alastair Fraser

Secretary, Science

Expertise: Petroleum Geology

Graham Goffey Mr Graham Goffey

Treasurer-designate (co-opted)

Expertise: Petroleum Geology

Tricia Henton Mrs Tricia Henton

Diversity Champion (co-opted)

Expertise: Environmental Geology

David HopkinsMr David Hopkins

Expertise: Extractive Industries



Dave JonesMr David Jones

Vice President

Expertise: Hydrogeology


Adam LawDr Adam Law


Expertise: Petroleum Geology


Alan LordProf Alan Lord

Secretary, Foreign & External Affairs

Expertise: Micropalaeontology


Brian MarkerDr Brian Marker OBE

Expertise: Environmental Geology



Gary NicholsDr Gary Nichols

Expertise: Sedimentology



David NorburyDr David Norbury

Expertise: Engineering Geology



Colin NorthDr Colin North

Secretary, Publications

Expertise: Sedimentology


 Keith SeymourMr Keith Seymour

Expertise: Hydrogeology



Lucy SlaterDr Lucy Slater

Expertise: Petroleum Geology and Geophysics



Michael YoungMr Michael Young

Expertise: Geophysics



Read a summary of Council members' expertise and backgrounds

Election Results

Council Nominations

The results of the Council election have been annouced.


Adam Law has indicated a wish to stand down as Treasurer in June 2015 and to enable a smooth transition at its meeting on 25 September 2014 Council agreed, under Regulation R/G/12, to co-opt Graham Goffey to serve as Treasurer-designate with a view to him standing for election to Council as Treasurer in June 2015.

Council also agreed to sign the Science Council Declaration on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and asked Tricia Henton, former member of Council and Secretary Professional Matters, to serve as its Diversity Champion and to co-opt her to Council in that role and she agreed.

Edmund Nickless
1 October 2014

Council Meetings

Council Meetings 2014/2015:

  • 18 June 2014
  • 25-26 September 2014 (residential)
  • 26 November 2014
  • 4 February 2015
  • 8 April 2015

Council Meeting Minutes: