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Geological Society appoints Sarah Fray as Executive Secretary

15 July 2015

The Geological Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Fray as Executive Secretary. Currently Director of Engineering and Technical Services at the Institution of Structural Engineers, Ms Fray will take up her post in early October.

A Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Ms Fray takes up her appointment as the Society approaches a record membership of 12,000 geoscience professionals. She will head a staff based in Burlington House, London, and the Society’s Publishing House in Bath. 


‘I am delighted to be appointed the Executive Secretary of the Geological Society and am looking forward to taking up my role’ says Ms Fray. ‘The Society has a renowned history – it is the world’s founding geological society, and has constantly been at the centre of the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge.


‘The geosciences are critically important to global society and will be into the foreseeable future. I believe that the Geological Society has an essential and highly valuable role to play both as a learned society and professional body now and into the future, and I am looking forward with a great deal of anticipation to working with the President, Officers, Council, staff and the Fellowship to further and deliver the Society’s aims.’


‘We are very pleased to announce Sarah Fray’s appointment’ says the Society’s President, Professor David Manning. ‘She has a wide understanding and considerable experience of the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations such as the Geological Society, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her in her new role.’


Ms Fray’s appointment follows the retirement of current Executive Secretary, Edmund Nickless, who has held the post for 18 years.


‘I want to take the opportunity to sincerely thank Edmund Nickless for his long and loyal service to the Society’ says Professor Manning.



For further information, please contact:


Sarah Day

Earth Science Communicator, The Geological Society

0207 432 0954




  1. The Geological Society of London, founded 1807, is a learned and professional body of over 11,000 Earth scientists with a remit to investigate, interpret, discuss, inform and advise on the nature and processes of the Earth, their practical importance to humanity, and, in the interests of the public, to promote professional excellence. The Society offers advice to Parliament and Government, at individual and corporate levels. Registered Charity No. 210161.