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Past Winners

2022

The ECG Award final in 2022 was held as a hybrid event (online and in-person) on 9th June, hosted by Huw Richards, with the judging panel including Dr. Jennie Gilbert, Dr. David Giles and Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards. Representing the South Wales Regional Group, the winner was:

HANA OLIPHANT of MOTT MACDONALD
"The A40 Brecon Bypass Landslip, South Wales: Ground Investigation through to remediation construction"

Congratulations to Hana who took home a geological trophy and a £100 gift voucheras well as to all of the other finalists:

  • Francis Lee from Hong Kong University (Hong Kong)
  • Hester Claridge from ARUP (Central Scotland - wildcard)
  • Lydia Rouillard from AECOM (Thames Valley)
  • Rimini Porter from Atkins (West Midlands)
  • Robert Groves from Atkins (Western)
  • Roberta McAlister from Atkins (Southeast)


2021

The ECG Award final in 2021 was held virtually (due to COVID-19) on 27th May, hosted by Deborah Thomas (ECN), with the judging panel including Dr. Simon Dominy, Dr. Peter Fawdon and Ursula Lawrence. Representing the Thames Valley Regional Group, the winner was:

TOM PICKARD of AECOM
"Kinematic failure of rock slopes: a day out in Al Ula, Saudia Arabia"

Congratulations to Tom, who took home both a geological trophy and a £100 gift voucher, as well as to all of the other finalists, each of whom received a year of free Geological Society membership:

  • Ryan Beech from Jacobs (West Midlands)
  • Christian Garvey from ARUP (Yorkshire)
  • Dafydd Tudor from Mott MacDonald (South Wales)


2020

The ECG Award final in 2020 was held at Burlington House on 20th February. Representing the Yorkshire Regional Group, the winner was:

CHARLOTTE COPLEY of LITHOS CONSULTING

Congratulations to Charlotte, who took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists.

2019

The ECG Award final in 2019 was held at Burlington House on 22nd February. Representing the South West Regional Group, the winner was:

JORDAN LINDSAY of CAMBORNE SCHOOL OF MINES
"From continent to ocean – the platinum-group-element geochemistry of the migrating Tristan plume"

Congratulations to Jordan, who took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists, including:

  • Wesley Dixon from Structural Soils (Western) - nominated as runner-up
  • Erin Guy from Jacobs (Yorkshire)
  • Sam Hazell from ARUP (West Midlands)
  • Daniel Levell from Golder Associates (Central Scotland)
  • Kier Thomas from Geotechnology (Southern Wales)
  • Dr. Andrew Thomson from UCL (Home Counties North)
  • Joseph Whiting from Core Laboratories (South East)


2018

The ECG Award final in 2018 was held at Burlington House on 8th June with the judging panel including Jane Dottridge, James Dodds, Liz Andrews, Dr. Dave Holwell and Lucy Williams. Representing the South Wales Regional Group, the winner was:

TOM ST. JOHN of JACOBS
"Geological challenges of constructing the A465 Heads of the Valleys section 2"

Congratulations to Tom, who took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists, including:

  • Sam Bolton from Cornwall Resources (South West)
  • Alistair Campbell from Soil Engineering Geoservices (Thames Valley)
  • Ilias Karapanos from Affinity water (Home Counties North)
  • Chris Lambert from SRK Exploration (Southern Wales)
  • Owen Lokuciejewski-Taylor from Sirius Group (Yorkshire)
  • Matt Sweeney from RSK (Western)
  • Deborah Thomas from Envireau Water (East Midlands)


2017

The ECG Award final in 2017 was held at Burlington House on 3rd May alongside the National Schools Geology Challenge, hosted by Paul Maliphant. Representing the Thames Valley Regional Group, the winner was:

HUW RICHARDS of ALTUS STRATEGIES
"Exploration 101: Searching Morocco for Copper and Gold"

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Congratulations to Huw, who took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists, including:

  • Tom Critchfield from Mott MacDonald (South East)
  • Jessica De Freitas from AECOM (East Midlands)
  • William Kan from AECOM (West Midlands)
  • Ben Totterdell from Atkins (Yorkshire)
  • Sean Jefferson from Integrale (Western)


2016

The ECG Award final in 2016 was held at Burlington House on 25th April  alongside the National Schools Geology Challenge, hosted by Paul Maliphant, with the judging panel including Prof. Nick Rogers, Dr. Sarah Dodd, Dr. Isobel Sides and Peter Loader. Representing the Yorkshire Regional Group, the winner was:

ANGELA HILLMAN of ATKINS
"Geotechnical challenges of reconstructing a Victorian bridge at Whitchurch"

Congratulations to Angela, who took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists, including:

  • Matthew Ascott from the British Geological Survey (Thames Valley)
  • Dominic Hagues from Mott MacDonald (Western)
  • Rhian Lynes from Structural Soils (South West)
  • Tom Townsend from AECOM (West Midlands)
  • Ashley Patton from the British Geological Survey (South West)
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2015

The ECG Award final in 2015 was held at Burlington House on 30th April  alongside the National Schools Geology Challenge, hosted by Paul Maliphant. Representing the Northern Ireland Regional Group, the winner was:

SARAH CAVEN of AURUM EXPLORATION
"Exploring Ethiopia – gold, copper and camels"

Congratulations to Sarah, who took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists, including:

  • Chris Kilsby from Atkins
  • Dr. Lisa Mol from UWE Bristol

2014

The ECG Award final in 2014 was held at Burlington House on 8th May  alongside the National Schools Geology Challenge, hosted by Paul Maliphant. Representing the Solent Regional Group, the winner was:

AMY STEWART of HANSON AGGREGATES MARINE
"Calculation, Analysis & Management of Shallow Marine Mineral Reserves"

Congratulations to AMY, who took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists, including:

  • Duncan Murdock (East Midlands)
  • Chris Wilde (Southern Wales)
  • Mike Daniels (Thames Valley)

2013

The ECG Award final in 2013 was held at Burlington House on 23rd May alongside the National Schools Geology Challenge, hosted by Paul Maliphant. Representing the Southern Wales and Thames Valley Groups respectively, the joint-winners were:

ROSALIND PEDDER of SRK CONSULTING
"Impeller flow logging in fractured crystalline rock at a proposed open-pit mine site"

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OWEN WELLER of OXFORD UNIVERSITY
"Zircon: the geological time keeper"

Congratulations to Rosalind and Owen, who jointly took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists, each of whom received a year of free Geological Society membership.

2012

The ECG Award final in 2012 was held at Burlington House alongside the National Schools Geology Challenge, hosted by Paul Maliphant. The winner of the competition was:

DAVIDE GAMBOAof CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
"Reservoir compartmentalisation: Importance to hydrocarbon exploration and production"

Congratulations to Davide who jointly took home a geological trophy, as well as to all of the other finalists.


Participation

The ECG Award is an annually run competition involving regional heats, the winners of which take part in the national finals.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact your local Regional Group.

However, if there is no heat run by your local Regional Group, please get in touch with the ECN Committee:

GeolSocECN@gmail.com


ARCHIVES

Some of our records are incomplete, therefore if you have any information about past winners, participants, judges or dates etc., please feel free to get in touch via the email address listed above.