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Professional Committee

The Professional Committee reports to Council.


To promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the Earth Sciences for the public good. These aims are achieved through:

  • defining, maintaining and developing high professional standards for geoscientists
  • promoting career development for geoscientists

Terms of reference

  • the establishment and validation of criteria for election to Fellowship
  • the establishment and maintenance of procedures to examine and affirm the standing of Fellows in the profession and practice of geology for the purpose of validation as Chartered Geologists
  • the development of training and Continuing Professional Development
  • the establishment, maintenance and adherence to a Code of Conduct
  • the investigation of alleged breaches of Code of Conduct and advising Council accordingly
  • the establishment of close links with the Society's Regional Groups
  • liaison with comparable organisations in the UK and overseas to further the professionalism of Geoscientists
  • the optimising of services provided to Fellows through periodic review of the adequacy of existing services and the scope for new ones


The Professional Committee (PC) will be chaired by the Secretary (Professional Matters) who should be a Chartered Geologist. At least 4 other members of Council will serve on the PC. Non-Council members will be appointed onto the PC, as necessary, and will generally serve as members of the PC for not more than three years. The majority of the PC will be Chartered Geologists.

The Executive Secretary and the Director of Operartions will attend meetings of the PC. The secretariat will be provided by the Fellowship Services Manager.


Please click on the links on the right to read Committee Members' profiles; the rest of the profiles will be available soon.

Method of working

The PC will meet at least four times annually.

Committee Members


  • Prof Katherine Royse

Council members

  • Mr Thomas Backhouse
  • Prof James Griffiths
  • Mr Andrew Moore
  • Mr Nik Reynolds (VP)
  • Miss Jessica Smith (VP Rg Grps)
  • Mr John Talbot (VP C'ship)

Other members

  • Mr Chris Eccles (EFG rep)
  • Mr Dave Giles (ROGEP rep)
  • Dr Simon Norris
  • Mr Shaun Richardson (Chartership Officer)
  • Mr Ralph Sibley
  • Dr Andy Smith (Accred Panel)
  • Chairs of Regional Groups


  • Dr Richard Hughes (Executive Secretary)
  • Mr Alex McPherson (Director of Finance & Operations)
  • Mr Mohammed Jahangir (Head of Fellowship Services)
  • Mr George Jameson (External Relations Officer)

Reporting Committees