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Council Elections 2017 - 2018


The advisory ballot for Council, conducted by Electoral Reform Services, closed on 31 March. The turnout was 18.1%. Thank you for voting. 

The Society is also very grateful to all the candidates for putting themselves forward.

A total of 2,055 valid votes were cast for the position of President-designate. 1,196 voted in favour of Michael Daly's name going forward to the formal ballot at the Annual General Meeting. 

A total of 2,040 valid votes were cast for the remaining five vacancies on Council.

The Results

 Name  Number of Votes 
 Katheryn Goodenough 1,544 (75.7%)
 Gemma  Sherwood  1,495 (73.3%)
 Sarah Scott  1,326 (65.0%)
 Joel Gill  1,186 (58.1%)
 Andrew Moore  1,088 (53.3%)

 Quentin Crowley  863 (42.3%)
 Stephen Laubach  570 (27.9%)

The five candidates receiving the most votes will go forward at the Annual General Meeting on 6 June 2019 for election as Council members.

Supporting statements from the nominees are below. Read the statements

Biographies of current members of Council are at

Continuing members of Council 2019 - 2020




Mr Thomas Backhouse

Risk/Environmental and Geological Hazards


Dr Andrew Bloodworth

Economic Geology


Mr John Booth

Engineering Geology


Ms Lesley Dunlop



Dr Sarah Gordon

Mining, Meteoritics, Risk


Mr Graham Goffey

Petroleum Geology


Prof James Griffiths  Engineering Geology  Academe 

Prof Chris King

Geoscience Educator


Prof Bryne Ngwenya

Microbial Geocemistry


Mr Nicholas Reynolds

Contaminated land, Geotechnical Engineering


Prof Nick Rogers Geochemistry  Academe 

Dr Katherine Royse

Environmental Geology


Miss Jessica Smith

Engineering Geology


Dr Helen Smyth  Petroleum Geology  Industry
Prof Robin Strachan  Tectonics, Geochronology  Academe 
Mr John Talbot  Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology  Retired 

Dr Alexander Whittaker

Tectonics and Landscape Dynamics


Members of Council retiring at the Annual General Meeting on 6 June 2019




Dr Jason Canning

Petroleum Geology


Dr Naomi Jordan

Sedimentology, Palaeontology, Palaeoenvironments


Dr Robert Larter

Marine Geophysics


Dr Colin North



Dr Sheila Peacock



Mr Keith Seymour Hydrogeology Retired

Supporting statements for President-designate nominees

Prof Jonathan Craig Jonathan Craig

To serve as the President of the Geological Society would be a great honour. I joined the Society in 1979 while still at University and it has always been at the heart of my professional life. I have served on the Corporate Membership and Books Editorial committees, been Chair of the Petroleum Group, edited six Geological Society Special Publications, been awarded the Petroleum Group Medal and currently serve on the Awards committee. 

My geoscience career has spanned four decades, initially with Geomorphological Services, Shell and Lasmo and then, since 2000, with the global Energy giant Eni, where I am now the Senior Vice President responsible for global exploration strategy and for the 560 exploration and geoscience staff worldwide. I also have the privilege of holding four Honorary Professorships, at Durham, UCL, Royal Holloway and the University of Jammu in India, and so am actively involved in teaching, publishing and in research. I am also a Chartered Geologist. 

I am proud of the Society’s long tradition of supporting geoscience in both industry and academia, but I am conscious that it faces many challenges. To survive and prosper it needs to modernize, to be relevant, useful and accessible to the next generation of geoscientists, to expand its international profile, be more visible to the public and to Government and to capitalise on its role as a Professional Body through wider application of accreditation and chartership. Addressing these challenges would be the focus of my Presidency. 

Proposer: Malcolm Brown 

Supporters: John Underhill and Richard Fortey

Dr Michael Daly 

Michael DalyAs President I would have three priorities: 

  • developing the Society’s future by responding to the changing context of geology in the natural sciences; 
  • bringing my industrial experience and connections to the Society’s significant financial challenges; 
  • supporting and challenging the Executive Secretary and team. 

Core geological disciplines thrive in the Society and in industry. However, less emphasis is placed on these same disciplines in University curricular, largely to allow room for other subjects included in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Yet the core disciplines remain essential components of broad, thematic research themes of societal relevance, such as climate change, predicting and mitigating natural hazards, sustainable development and the availability of water, energy and mineral resources. These big themes attract funding and people, and increasingly represent the frontier of natural science research. For the Society to remain relevant and thrive, it needs to embrace these changes while nurturing core disciplines. 

I have an industry and academic background. A graduate of UCW Aberystwyth, I spent 10 years as a Survey geologist mapping in central Africa and completed a PhD in tectonics at Leeds. I joined BP in 1986 and in 2014 retired after eight years as head of exploration and a group executive. I am currently a Visiting Professor at Oxford University researching continental tectonics and resource systems, and hold director positions in Tullow Oil and CGG Geoscience. 

I joined the Society as an undergraduate, have served on Council, co-convened the “Plate Tectonics at 50” conference and co-edited GSL Special Publication 472. 

Proposer: Dan McKenzie 

Supporters: Ceri Powell and Tracey Radford

Supporting statements for Council nominees

Prof Quentin Crowley 

Quentin CrowleyI am an Associate Professor in Isotopes and the Environment and Director of the Centre for the Environment at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland. I carry out a wide range of geological and environmental research and contribute to relevant policy. I collaborate extensively with institutions and agencies in the UK, Ireland and Europe, particularly the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), the BGS, GSI and GSNI. 

My research interests include radon, geochemistry of contemporary environmental systems, geochemistry and geochronology of gold and porphyry deposits, detrital minerals in provenance studies, and biominerals as environmental proxies. Elected FGS in 2006, I was Chief Editor for the Journal of the Geological Society for five years up to 2016, and have served on the Awards, Publications and Science Committees. I therefore offer substantial experience in operations of the Society, particularly of its publications. 

I completed my BSc in Geology (1994) and PhD (1997) at University College Galway (now NUIG), followed by post-doctoral research at Keele University and seven years at BGS Keyworth, before joining TCD in 2008. 

I am enthusiastic about strengthening the Society’s interaction with the geological community on the island of Ireland, fostering geoscience education at all levels, and promoting informed dialogue on environmental issues at a national level. 

Proposer: John Walsh 

Supporters: John Ludden and Michael Young

Dr Joel Gill 

Joel GillGeoscientists are critical to enabling sustainable and resilient communities, and the Geological Society has an important role in facilitating this. I am standing for election, as I believe my experience and skills can support effective governance of the Society’s work and its purpose of serving society. I am an interdisciplinary geoscientist (BA Natural Sciences; MSc Engineering Geology; PhD Geography - Natural Hazards), working in the BGS international development team and researching hazard dynamics and disasters. 

My commitment to the social value of geoscience led me to found the charity Geology for Global Development. I have engaged with and listened to the priorities of geoscientists around the world (including hundreds of early-career geoscientists), advocated for geoscience at national and international gatherings (including UN forums), and gained skills and experience in charity governance.

As an active Fellow since 2012 I sit on the External Relations Committee (2014–), have supported outreach (e.g., Schools Geology Challenge, New Scientist Live) and represented the Society (e.g., Voice of the Future, IUGS Council Meeting 2016). If elected, I look forward to playing an increased role in the life of our society, ensuring a passionate voice for social geoscience and early-career geoscientists on Council. 

Proposer: Nic Bilham 

Supporters: Iain Stewart and Helen Reeves

Dr Kathryn Goodenough 

Kathryn GoodenoughI am a Principal Geologist with the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh, where I have worked for 18 years. After a PhD studying alkaline igneous rocks in Greenland and a first job in geo-conservation, I joined BGS, initially doing Scottish and international field mapping. I now research the genesis and geodynamic context of mineral deposits, and lead a DFID-funded capacity-building programme that partners BGS with geological surveys in developing countries. Geologists in these countries are in great need of professional networks, and if elected to Council I would like to investigate ways for the Geological Society to collaborate with, and support the professional development of, our colleagues overseas. 

I am also a strong supporter of the Society’s diversity agenda, and particularly interested in ideas to fix the ‘leaky pipeline’. I have been a Fellow of the Geological Society and Chartered Geologist since 2003. I served on the Awards Committee from 2011-2013, and was Secretary of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group from 2002-2009. I have also been a Mineralogical Society Council Member (2007-2009) and General Secretary (2011-2016). I sit on the NERC Peer Review College, and am Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group for the International Continental Drilling Programme. 

Proposer: Frances Wall 

Supporters: Marie Edmonds and Robin Strachan

Dr Stephen Laubach 

Steve LaubachLaubach provides decades of experience in the science behind unconventional resources, and a useful non-UK perspective on the challenges of use-oriented and basic geoscience research and science publication relevant to the global transition to a low-carbon economy that will be helpful in guiding Society business. Laubach is a senior research scientist at The University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, in Austin, Texas. His research program, funded by industry and the US Department of Energy, includes structural diagenesis, fundamentals of fracture development in rock, fractured and unconventional reservoirs, natural fracture/hydraulic fracture interaction, and microstructural methods in structural geology. 

He was a member of the AAPG Executive Committee and AAPG Elected Editor from 2010-2013 and has also been involved over many years organizing conferences and publications with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Laubach has been a Fellow since the mid-1980s. He served as a Co-opted Member of the Petroleum Group Committee of the Geological Society of London from 2008 to 2012 and helped organize GSL conferences on unconventional and on carbonate reservoirs. The latter conference led to Geological Society of London Special Publication 370. 

His research over the next several years on fractures in Scotland and Wales will allow him to attend meetings in London. 

Proposer: Peter Eichhubl 

Supporters: Ron Steel and Julia Gale

Mr Andrew Moore 

Andrew MooreI started out in 1989 with a Geology degree from Kingston Polytechnic. My first job was Engineering Geologist with a contractor immersing me in site investigation fieldwork, logging and reporting. In 1995 I joined the new Environment Agency to pursue an interest in hydrogeological assessments and develop interpretation, risk assessment and regulatory skills. I moved to environmental consultancy in 1998 and managed teams of geoscience professionals. The 90’s was a busy period gaining experience and achieving milestones including; MSc Engineering Geology (1992), Chartered Geologist (1996) and Chartered Engineer (1999).

I am a Technical Director with WSP UK promoting technical excellence across the Ground Risk Team and supporting clients on ground risk in infrastructure, property and industry sectors. I practice in contaminated land and have professional qualifications including Specialist in Contaminated Land (SiLC), Suitably Qualified Person SQP) and Qualified Person (QP). 

I have served as committee member to the North West Regional Group of the Geological Society for over 20 years and held the posts of Secretary and Chair. I am an active mentor, promote careers events, present lectures and am a scrutineer of candidates for Chartership. 

I am a committed geologist in a modern commercial environment, enjoying working with technical people. I strongly believe in supporting early career professionals in their development of sound scientific assessment and the ability to provide clear professional advice. If I were elected as a member of Council, I would like to support and advance the CPD and Chartership processes ensuring that employers recognise the value brought by professional geologists. 

Proposer: Michael Neden 

Supporters: Stephen Jones and Jeff Shuttleworth

Mrs Sarah Scott 

Sarah ScottI am a practising hydrogeologist working at the Environment Agency for over 28 years, protecting groundwater resources and quality. I joined as a Fellow in 2005 and became chartered in 2012. I am standing for Council as I believe hydrogeology and effective regulation will continue to grow in significance for the Society in response to a changing climate.  

My current focus concerns the protection of groundwater from oil and gas operations. This means I have a real appreciation of the importance of politics and communication when explaining contentious geoscience in ways relevant to the audience, particularly where emotions are running high. I believe this would be useful experience to bring to Council and help the promotion of geological and hydrogeological understanding in the wider world. I have served on the Hydrogeological Group Committee for the past 3 years as Treasurer, during which I have streamlined management of the bank account and modernised access to event registration. 

I have been accused of turning every family holiday into a field trip. Well, it is true, I am passionate about my subject and about getting other people interested! I would like to use my energy and experience in service of the Council. 

Proposer: Rolf Farrell 

Supporters: Claire Gould and Mark Whiteman

Ms Gemma Sherwood 

Gemma SherwoodI am a Senior Geologist for EDF Energy, working on the construction of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station. I read for a Geology MSci (Bristol University) and later studied for a MSc in Geotechnical Engineering (Birmingham University). I became a fellow of the Geological Society in 2008, achieving Chartered Geologist status in 2016 and was listed on the RoGEP in 2017. I am proud to have won the Glossop Award in 2017. If elected to the council, I will bring experience in Engineering Geology, Ground Investigation and New Nuclear Build.  

I have been on the Western Regional Committee for five years; serving four years as Programme Coordinator and two years as Chairperson, for which I am standing for re-election in 2019. While on the committee I have restarted our regional heat of the Schools Competition; organised multiple field trips and lectures and promoted entrants for the Early Career Geoscientist award.

I am passionate about promoting STEM subjects, regularly volunteering as a STEM ambassador at schools and science festivals, aiming to promote and encourage Earth Science careers. I believe that I can help the council to realise the Geological Society’s Strategy 2017-2027, particularly engaging with schools and stimulating public awareness. 

Proposer: Victoria Edmonds 

Supporters: Louisa McAra and Elizabeth Withington