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Science & Communications


Alicia Newton (Director of Science and Communications) 

Alicia is responsible for the Policy, Education and External Relations and Conference departments. Alicia works with Council and Management Team colleagues to coordinate strategy and business planning. She is also responsible for public policy matters and government and international relations, and is secretary to the External Relations Committee.

Policy Team

Flo Bullough (Head of Policy & Engagement)

Flo leads on the Society’s responses to government consultations and parliamentary inquiries, government and parliamentary engagement and leads on the Society’s more strategic policy work such as producing statements, policy briefing notes and the development of associated activities such as policy-adjacent events and conferences. She also leads on the Society’s themed years programme.

Megan O'Donnell (Policy and Outreach Officer)

Megan supports the Head of Policy and Engagement in researching and developing policy briefing notes and statements, as well as responses to Government consultations and parliamentary inquiries. She also supports the Head of Communications with outreach and engagement activities.

Education Team

Amy Ball (Acting Head of Education)

Responsible for higher education (Joint Higher Education Committee, Higher Education Network), planning for curriculum change, degree accreditation review and managing the education team. Additionally responsible for development of education resources, education web pages, Geoscience Education Academy and Primary Geology Rocks teacher CPD, Schools Affiliates programme and Geology STEM Ambassadors, attending and coordinating external outreach events. Amy is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer, and is DBS – Enhanced Disclosure certified.

Rose Want (Education Officer)

Responsible for Schools Geology Challenge, Early Career Geologist Award, school visits programme, online fieldsites project, attending and coordinating external outreach events and providing secretariat to the Education Committee. Rose is DBS – Enhanced Disclosure certified.


George Jameson (Diversity and Inclusion Project Lead)

Provides project management and administrative support for the Communications and Policy team; works with the Diversity Champion to deliver the Society’s strategic commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion; providing support in the administration of standing and reporting committees.

Web Team

Francesca Collins (Digital Content Officer)

Francesca's roles include monitoring and updating website content, administering online marketing, and assisting with website implementation.

Conference Office

Emelia Spofforth-Jones (Head of Events (maternity leave))

Responsible for the management of the Conference Office, as well as ad hoc Society meetings and events, and the Geological Society Business Forum.

Sarah Woodcock (Event Manager)

Responsible for the organisation of the Petroleum Group's meetings and events.

Becky Goddard (Events Co-ordinator)

Responsible for Society meetings and events.

Louise Dyer (Venue Hire Co-ordinator)

Responsible for all commercial venue hire for the Society.


Responsible for opening the Society’s doors to the public, answers and routes all external calls to the Society and assists with conferences and events attendance.