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Background of members of Council 2017/2018

Name Expertise Background
Mr John Booth
Engineering Geology
Industry
Mr Rick Brassington
Hydrogeology Industry
Mr Malcolm Brown
Petroleum Geology
Industry
Dr Jason Canning
Petroleum Geology
Industry
Miss Liv Carroll
Mineral Exploration and Mining
Industry
Ms Lesley Dunlop
Geomorphology
Academe
Dr Marie Edmonds  Igneous Petrology, Volcanology, Geochemistry  Academe 
Dr Sarah Gordon
Mining, Meteoritics, Risk
Industry
Mr Graham Goffey
Petroleum Geology
Industry
Mrs Tricia Henton
Environmental Geology
Industry
Ms Naomi Jordan
Sedimentology, Palaeontology, Palaeoenvironments
Academe
Dr Robert Larter
Marine Geophysics
Government
Dr Jennifer McKinley 
Geographical Information Science and Geostatistics 
Academe
Prof David Norbury
Engineering Geology
Industry
Dr Colin North Sedimentology Academe 
Dr Sheila Peacock
Geophysics Government
Prof Christine Peirce
Marine Geophysics
Academe
Mr Nicholas Reynolds
Contaminated Land, Geotechnical Engineering
Industry
Prof Nick Rogers
Geochemistry
Academe
Dr Katherine Royse
Environmental Geology
Government
Mr Keith Seymour Hydrogeology
Retired
Miss Jessica Smith
Engineering Geology
Industry
Mr John Talbot
Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering
Retired
Dr Alexander Whittaker 
Tectonics and Landscape Dynamics
Academe


Brief biographies of members of Council 2017/2018

John Booth

John BoothI am Managing Director of Geotechnics Limited, one of the UK’s largest independent geotechnical investigation specialists. I have 35 years’ experience of engineering geology in the UK and overseas. I hold a BSc in Geology (University of Liverpool, 1983), and an MSc in Engineering Geology (University of Leeds, 1991). I have been a Fellow of the Society and a Chartered Geologist since 1991, and a Chartered Scientist since 2005. I am a UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser (RoGEP).

I have been committed to the Society and the wider geoscience community throughout my career. I am a former member of the Committee for the NW Regional Group (1993-96), and am an active CGeol Scrutineer. I have been involved in promoting career opportunities at schools and universities, and in mentoring colleagues as they approach Chartership.

Engineering geology has a large role to play in developing our communities for the future, and is the direct link between the natural and the built environment. The availability and management of resources, water and energy, together with greater awareness of natural processes, floods and climate change are fundamental to safeguarding our World. An understanding of Geology and how we use and husband these vital reserves underpins the improvements we need in infrastructure, building our cities, and delivering improvements in health, education and wellbeing for an ever expanding population.

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Rick Brassington

Rick 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_councilJason Canning

I am currently an Exploration Manager at Sound Energy, a North African and European focused, upstream oil and gas company. Prior to this I was Chief Geologist at BG Group. I have been working in the Petroleum Industry for 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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Lesley Dunlop

Lesley DunlopI graduated from Durham University with a BSc Geology in 1985 and obtained an MSc in Crystallography from the London University in 1988. I have been a Fellow of the Society since 2006 and serve on the Geoconservation Committee. I work at Northumbria University and research interests relate to periglacial geomorphology using mainly geophysical techniques.

As Chair of the English Geodiversity Forum I was involved in the production and launch of the Geodiversity Charter for England. The Charter and Forum are aimed at highlighting the importance of geodiversity with the public, industry, government and professional organisations etc. I am Vice Chair of the Northern Group of the Geological Society and a Member of the Executive Committee of ProGeo, the European Association for the Conservation of Geoheritage.

I have an interest in outreach, education and public information and have taught at Northumbria and other Universities, tutored A-Level and adult geology classes, including leading field visits. I have worked with organisations including the Natural History Museum, The Great North Museum, Geographical Association and GeoConservationUK. I believe that I can bring a wide depth of interests and knowledge to Council and I am committed to enhancing the role of the Society.

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Marie Edmonds

Marie 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 32 years in the petroleum industry I now provide expert consulting services to a range of clients in and connected to the petroleum industry as well as working on various natural resource-related initiatives of my own’. 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 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 welcome the opportunity to make a contribution through the Council of the Geological Society. I was honoured to be elected Secretary Foreign & External Affairs in June 2017.

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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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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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Colin North

Colin 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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Nick Rogers

Nick RogersI am professor of Earth Sciences at the Open University where I have spent virtually all my career. My research interests are in high temperature geochemistry, igneous petrology and the composition and evolution of the mantle, but I have also engaged with many aspects of higher education that relate to the mission of the OU. I have been Head of Department and Science Programme Director, serving at Deanery Executive level in both posts.

I have been a Fellow of the Society for over 20 years and served on Council for six. For five years I was Publications Secretary in the run-up to and through the Bicentenary and was heavily involved in the establishment of Geoscience World and the Lyell Collection which are now core to the Society’s publication output and a major source of income. I have subsequently served as a member, and latterly chair of the Education Committee, during which time we have successfully engaged with school curriculum consultations, developed the careers portal and facilitated the establishment of University Geoscience UK.

Having been involved with the development and drafting of the 2007 strategy, I am keen to see the renewed strategy established. The Society plays a key role in bridging the gaps between geoscience professions and education, research and policy, and should be a leading and authoritative voice for our science. I will bring to the role of President a sound knowledge of how the Society and its staff work and an enthusiasm to ensure that its role continues to develop along the lines it has been following for the past decade.

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Katherine Royse

Katherine Royse

I have worked at BGS for 19 years and I am currently the Science Director for GeoAnalytics and Modelling. I focus on taking a multidisciplinary approach to modelling the environment to better understand and predict the Earth’s response to environmental change (publishing over 30 key papers). 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 member of the NERC Innovation Advisory Board where I have developed their new innovation strategy. I have a strong background in knowledge exchange and stakeholder engagement having completed a NERC KE Fellowship in probability, uncertainty and risk in the environment working to translate natural hazard research to the financial service sector. I am a STEM ambassador, and associate editor of the Geoscience Data journal and German Journal of Geoscience.

I have been a Fellow of the Society since 1997, CGeol, 2001 and EurGeol in 2002 and have been a chartered scrutineer since 2009. 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 all Earth Scientists particularly in developing their future professional roles through ongoing learning (CPD).

As Professional Secretary, I will utilise my skills and networks to assist in bridging the gap 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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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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Jessica Smith

Jessica SmithAs the Secretary of the Central Scotland Regional Group (CSRG) my key motivation for joining Council is to bring the voice of the Regions to the table. I believe that geographical diversity plays a role in ensuring that the Society remains relevant to the membership and can have a positive influence on the engagement of Fellows.

I joined the Geological Society as a Candidate Fellow while studying my BSc in Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow; upon graduating in 2004 I became a Fellow. Thereafter, the practical experience gained in work combined with my MSc in Engineering Geology at Imperial College London culminated in my obtaining Chartered Geologist status in 2014. Supporting and enabling others to achieve this career landmark is something I take great pride in through my work activities as well as my involvement with the CSRG.

In my current role as a Senior Engineering Geologist with Atkins I am privileged to be in a position where I can promote STEM careers to young people, and particularly to young women. It will be a great honour to continue do so as a member of Council with the Geological Society.

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John Talbot

John TalbotA lifelong passion for geology and engineering geology was instilled in me as an undergraduate, by the infectious enthusiasm of both Professors Bill Dearman and Duncan Murchison. My first move on graduating was to seek Fellowship of the Society in 1970-71. Since then I gained an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering in 1981, followed by Chartered Geologist, Engineer, Environmentalist and Scientist. I am also a European Geologist and Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

My pre-retirement career was predominantly focused in geotechnical engineering and engineering geology, when I provided technical and financial project management and advice to a wide client base; in both the public and private sectors. I have technical expertise in all geotechnical aspects of site investigations; the analysis, design and provision of advice on shallow and deep foundations, maritime and inland waterfront structures, highways, the stability of rock and soil slopes, and earth dams in the UK, Europe, Africa and SE Asia.

I have been a Chartership scrutineer for over 20 years, and a reviewer and auditor for Chartered Geologist applications more recently. Although I am currently Chairman of the Professional Accreditation Committee on behalf of the Society’s Professional Committee, and was primarily responsible for the recent comprehensive review of our CPD recording system on behalf of the Chartership Committee, I hope to have the opportunity to make an even greater contribution to the affairs of the Society, particularly in the areas of Chartership, CPD and governance. I have been a member of the Society’s Chartership Committee since 2016 and am its newly appointed chairman.

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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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