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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 2019/2020

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

Nick RogersProf Nick Rogers


Expertise: Geochemistry

Dr Mike Daly


Expertise: Continental Tectonics and Resources

Tom BackhouseMr Thomas Backhouse

Expertise: Risk/Environmental and Geological Hazards

Andrew BloodworthMr Andrew Bloodworth

Expertise: Economic Geology

John BoothMr John Booth

Expertise: Engineering Geology

Lesley DunlopMs Lesley Dunlop

Expertise: Geomorphology

Dr Joel Gill

Expertise: Social Geology, Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development

Graham Goffey Mr Graham Goffey


Expertise: Petroleum Geology

Graham Goffey Dr Kathryn Goodenough

Expertise: Mineral resources, igneous petrology, crustal evolution

Sarah Gordon_councilDr Sarah Gordon

Secretary, Foreign & External Affairs

Expertise: Mining, Meteoritics, Risk

James Griffiths

Prof James Griffiths

Expertise: Engineering Geology

Chris KingProf Chris King

Expertise: Geoscience Educator

Chris KingMr Andrew Moore

Expertise: Contaminated Land

Bryne NgwenyaProf Bryne Ngwenya

Expertise: Microbial Geochemistry

Nik Reynolds_councilMr Nicholas Reynolds

Expertise: Contaminated Land, Geotechnical Engineering

Katherine RoyseProf Katherine Royse

Secretary, Professional Matters

Expertise: Environmental Geology

Chris KingMrs Sarah Scott

Expertise: Hydrogeology

Chris KingMs Gemma Sherwood

Expertise: Engineering Geology

Jessica SmithMiss Jessica Smith

Expertise: Engineering Geology

Helen SmythDr Helen Smyth

Expertise: Petroleum Geology

Rob StrachanProf Robin Strachan

Expertise: Tectonics, Geochronology

John TalbotMr John Talbot

Vice President, Chartership

Expertise: Engineering Geology, Geotechnical engineering

Alex Whittaker_councilDr Alexander Whittaker

Expertise: Tectonics and Landscape Dynamics

Council meetings


  • 19 June 2019
  • 17 & 18 September 2019 (residential)
  • 20 November 2019
  • 5 February 2020
  • 8 April 2020


  • 17 June 2020
  • 8 September 2020
  • 25 November 2020
  • 27 January 2021
  • 7 April 2021

Council meeting minutes